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Nets to tackle gull problem at Scarborough Town Hall

Nets are to be put up around Scarborough Town Hall in an attempt to protect the building from damage caused by gulls and other birds.

Dozens of gulls and kittiwakes have nested on the building's ledges over the summer.

Scarborough Borough Council said their droppings were damaging the building's stonework because of their acidity.

Its planning and development committee has granted consent for nets to tackle the "serious infestation".

Council contractors will treat the building with chemicals to remove the droppings before the nets are put up.

The council's planning manager Jill Low said: "The building's ledges have presented an ideal opportunity for birds to nest and have created a serious infestation."

The nets are expected to be put up next week.

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