Mottingham station pooing pigeons ruin vendor's trade as customers bombed

Mottingham station pooing pigeons ruin vendor's trade as customers bombed

Mottingham Station vendor Michelle Hill says pigeon poo is ruining her trade

Customer Jacqueline Lambotte checks to see if her coffee is safe from the pigeons

Some of Mottingham Station's plucky pigeons

Pigeon poo mess at Mottingham Rail Station

Mottingham Station vendor Michelle Hill says pigeon poo is ruining her trade

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A MOTTINGHAM station vendor says pooing pigeons are ruining her trade as customers dodge the birds’ bombs which have landed in cups of coffee.

Owner of Shell’s Kiosk Michelle Hill says the mess from pigeons nesting above her stall at Mottingham Rail Station is costing her money as well as posing a health and safety risk.

News Shopper: Mottingham rail pigeons pooing on customers and vendor's trade

Miss Hill says the droppings were cleared after News Shopper reported in May how commuters were running to toilets to wash their hair and expensive suits but the problem is now “worse than ever”.

The 43-year-old said: “They are getting more and more daring.

“As I am serving customers, they are pooing on them.

“It’s dropped into coffee.

“These customers are looking up worrying that one is going to land on them.

“They can’t relax.

“One poor woman was standing there and they sh** on her head.

“Probably everybody has been crapped on.”

News Shopper: Mottingham rail pigeons pooing on customers and vendor's trade

The mother-of-two, who lives in Sidcup, says there is constant mess and noise from the birds overhead between her trading hours of 4.30am to 10am and she has reported the problem but nothing has been done.

The former Mottingham resident says the plucky pigeons have even been flying into her kiosk with two getting stuck in one day.

She said: “They are flying in. They come in, they panic and I run out.

“It is infested up the top.

“I am the one that goes out there and cleans it. I have got it on my boots. It is getting to be a joke.

“It is costing me money. I am losing customers.

“I have got to have something done about it.”

News Shopper: Mottingham rail pigeons pooing on customers and vendor's trade

She went on to say there used to be netting above the platforms to prevent birds roosting there but it was removed during a roof refurbishment.

A spokesman for Southeastern, who is responsible for cleaning the platforms, said: “The tenant has been in contact with us – we understand their frustration with the birds.

“We’re looking at a range of options to address the issue.”

 

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8:27pm Tue 5 Nov 13

AJ New Eltham says...

Shoot the poxy things feel so sorry for you hope you get it sorted.
Shoot the poxy things feel so sorry for you hope you get it sorted. AJ New Eltham
  • Score: 5

10:43am Wed 6 Nov 13

pavarotti says...

I travel from Mottingham station every day and i think it is a disgrace . I have been pooed on and it is disgusting . Something should be done asap. Carolyn (Mottingham)
I travel from Mottingham station every day and i think it is a disgrace . I have been pooed on and it is disgusting . Something should be done asap. Carolyn (Mottingham) pavarotti
  • Score: 3

10:50am Wed 6 Nov 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Some toe rag must have been feeding the pigeons with food laced with a laxative.

The phuckers, who would do that !
Some toe rag must have been feeding the pigeons with food laced with a laxative. The phuckers, who would do that ! Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 0

2:18pm Wed 6 Nov 13

Derek Kent says...

I wrote to Southeastern in June 2013 - they just got the station staff to wash the platiforn down - they just said:

I’m very sorry there are a number of pigeons at Mottingham station causing a mess. I realise this doesn’t make for a pleasant waiting environment. This isn’t an easy issue to resolve, but I hope that the following explanation is helpful. We manage just over 170 stations. This means that we have the responsibility to look after the health and safety of our passengers and staff. So we do try to keep the station as clean as possible. Pigeon mess does cause complaints, so we do take measures to deter birds from roosting at our stations. We usually do this by installing pigeon netting. I’ve brought your comments to the attention of the station manager. She’ll look into this issue further to try and find a suitable solution. In the meantime, the station staff will try to make sure the pigeon mess is cleaned up as best they can. I’d like to assure you we do take this issue very seriously, and I hope that you’ll notice an improvement at Mottingham station very soon. Thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention.
I wrote to Southeastern in June 2013 - they just got the station staff to wash the platiforn down - they just said: I’m very sorry there are a number of pigeons at Mottingham station causing a mess. I realise this doesn’t make for a pleasant waiting environment. This isn’t an easy issue to resolve, but I hope that the following explanation is helpful. We manage just over 170 stations. This means that we have the responsibility to look after the health and safety of our passengers and staff. So we do try to keep the station as clean as possible. Pigeon mess does cause complaints, so we do take measures to deter birds from roosting at our stations. We usually do this by installing pigeon netting. I’ve brought your comments to the attention of the station manager. She’ll look into this issue further to try and find a suitable solution. In the meantime, the station staff will try to make sure the pigeon mess is cleaned up as best they can. I’d like to assure you we do take this issue very seriously, and I hope that you’ll notice an improvement at Mottingham station very soon. Thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention. Derek Kent
  • Score: 2

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