Here’s your wake-up gull

Seagulls in King George V Park
Seagulls in King George V Park

SLEEP-deprived residents in Leven are suffering from a familiar summer menace near one of the town’s recreational landmarks.

Householders near King George V Park are being disturbed on virtually a daily basis by seagulls, which are making an intolerable noise most days, from as early as 3am or 4am.

Residents believe they are being attracted by litter left behind by some spectators watching the regular sporting events, particularly football matches, at the park.

Rubbish also appears to be scattered occasionally around small areas of the park when it is empty.

Householders are appealing for people to be more responsible with their litter and take it away with them. They believe the large flocks of gulls are drawn to the various food wrappers, cartons and containers.

One neighbour from the Woodlands Crescent/Park Drive area said the noise was unbearable, often around 4am-5am, and checks suggested a wide variety of litter had often been dropped, such as cans, plastic bottles, food remnants, and more.

With a lot of training sessions and midweek sporting fixtures being held at King George V Park, as well as weekend events, the problem was recurring almost daily.

An appeal was also made to Fife Council to clean up at the park more regularly, although it was generally agreed that people needed to be more responsible.

Chargehand Robert Honeyman told the Mail: “The council’s park attendant usually clears the park once or twice a week.

“We supply football teams with black bin bags so they can clear the pitches after their matches, and we’re writing to them to remind them of their responsibility.

“However, the park attendant is also going to try to be there after each match to check no litter has been left.

Mr Honeyman added: “I would urge people who use this park – and all our other parks – to take their litter away with them and use bins where they are provided.

“It’s not only illegal to drop litter, the people who do it are spoiling their own local environment and attracting gulls.”

Other readers on the Mail’s Facebook page told of the common problem of dive-bombing attacks by seagulls, as well as the noise and the mess they made, with opinions also divided on whether they should be fed.