Pigeons make their home on listed Clitheroe building

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Spikes could be placed on a Clitheroe Town Centre listed building to prevent pigeons from roosting.

A planning application to alter or extend a listed building has been submitted for the Castle Street building, which houses Barclays Bank on the ground floor. It proposes that the building is “bird proofed” with metal spikes placed on the ledges, parapets and roofs of the property.

Constructed circa 1850, the building is situated on the corner of King Street and Castle Street and is grade II listed. Its two storeys are carved in stone with ornate chevaux de frise and iron finials.

“Unfortunately, the building has become an attraction for a flock of pigeons that are roosting on and around the building. This has become a serious problem for the building and indeed the town,” said a spokesman for Longden and Cook Commercial Chartered Surveyors.

“We have had various requests from the health and safety department of Ribble Valley Borough Council to address this issue. We are aware that the local council has tried on several occasions to cull the pigeons however to no avail. We are now left with no option, but to bird proof the building.”

It was added that the action will help to protect the building and to keep the building attractive rather than be “continually defaced by pigeon droppings”.

The plans will be considered by members of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee at a future meeting.

If approved the Avipoint Anti-Roosting System will be the “preferred” method of bird proofing. The Avishock Proofing system was also considered, yet due to the nature of the proofing, electric shock, this method would mean drilling into the stone work and small warning signs being erected. This method is not considered “beneficial” to a grade II listed building.