Seagull incidents and costs

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Benjamin Butcher


I am writing to request information relating to seagulls /gulls in your local area, please can you supply:

1. How many complaints involving seagulls/gulls did the council receive in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022*

2. How many incidents involved a seagull/gull attacking an individual or pet in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022*

3. How much was spent on seagull/gull management in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022**?

4. Please give a brief description of the measures taken relevant to question 3.

5. Does your local authority have a specific fine regime related to gulls?. If so, please give a breakdown of fines given for feeding gulls in the years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022?

*For 2022, give the latest data at the point of reply
**If easier, please feel free to supply with financial years if easier.

Under section 16, you must supply advice if the advice and assistance if the request - please get in touch if you need to do so.

Yours faithfully,

Benjamin Butcher

Freedom of Information, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your e-mail requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations 2004.


We will proceed with the request which we received today. It is our
intention to have the information delivered to you as soon as possible
otherwise within the statutory 20 working days.


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Andrea Bechtle, Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Benjamin Butcher,


Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No.19107


I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.


Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or
not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold any data
relating to seagulls. 


If after viewing the information you are for whatever reason unhappy with
our response to your application you are entitled to pursue any
dissatisfaction through the Council's Internal Review Procedure.  Pursuant
to Section 17 (7) of the Act the procedure provided by the Council for
dealing with complaints about the determination of this request for
information is the Council’s FOI Complaints Procedure, a copy of which can
be obtained on request or is set out at: 


Yours sincerely,


Andrea Bechtle

FOI & EIR Officer

Bedford Borough Council

Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street

Bedford, MK42 9AP

Please reply to:  [2][email address]



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