A PETITION has been set up by a Wrexham commuter fed up with bird droppings blighting a train station.
Ben Whitehouse, from Gwersyllt, travels to and from Wrexham General Station every day and is calling for pigeon nets to be installed to tackle the continued problem of bird mess.
Mr Whitehouse, 34, who commutes to Birmingham where he works for the city council, labelled the problems with pigeon droppings a “serious health risk” and says it is “the first thing people see when they come to Wrexham”.
He said: “It doesn’t give a good reflection of Wrexham and it is not a positive image of the town when people arrive at the station.
“The bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in pigeon droppings are responsible for a host of diseases, including salmonella – it is a serious health risk for passengers.
“Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) do occasionally clean the station but it is too inconsistent and almost immediately afterwards the pigeons are doing their business again.
“Nets would protect the platform and surrounding area from droppings.
“According to the council there are planning issues – but I don’t see why Arriva, Network Rail and Wrexham Council can’t sit down and sort this out. I know there are other people who commute every day from Wrexham and they feel the same so hopefully they’ll sign the petition.”
The station is a Grade II listed building which raises issues for the council regarding the installation of nets, but Mr Whitehouse believes the image of the station is being tarnished by the mess.
ATW bosses say they have a thorough cleaning schedule at Wrexham General to regularly clean up pigeon mess.
Kim Hawkins, group station manager at ATW, said: “We are currently liaising with Network Rail and the local authority with regards to some areas of the station which are outside of the ATW lease area.
“A full assessment is being undertaken of the wholestation and we look forward to receiving the recommendations.”
A Wrexham Council spokesman said: “We are aware of it and are in contact with Arriva Trains Wales.”