A FATHER whose daughter was hit by pigeon droppings that fell from a railway bridge is furious nothing has been done to get rid of the pests.
Lee Wade, 43, has been battling to remove the colony of pigeons from the bridge in Bridgend Road, Ruislip, for the last six months.
The last straw for Mr Wade came when his 10-year-old daughter, Jessica, was hit by the mess on her way to Lady Bankes Junior School in Dawlish Drive, Ruislip.
Mr Wade, who lives in Carmichael Close, Ruislip, said the birds had colonised the bridge despite anti-pigeon netting and spikes.
The desperate dad contacted Hillingdon Council who rang Network Rail, which is responsible for rail infrastructure, on his behalf, asking it to fix the problem.
But Mr Wade said nothing has been done to get rid of the pigeons or clean up their mess.
“Jessica was really upset by it all,” he said. “I had to take her home and get her changed and she was late to school because of it.
“Why should we have to walk a longer route to school because nobody is cleaning it up? This has been going on for months now. The path under the bridge must be used by hundreds of commuters and it’s still disgusting. It’s like banging your head against a brick wall,” he said.
The bridge is co-owned by London Underground and Network Rail. A spokesperson for Network Rail said it would inspect the bridge.
“As Network Rail owns hundreds of bridges across the country, it is difficult to keep on top of all of them. But now that we have been alerted to the problem, we will be sending someone to sort it out.”
Mr Wade hopes the bridge will be kept clean. At the moment it is cleaned once a month by the council.
“I don’t know what more I can do”, he said. “If they come to inspect it and it still doesn’t improve, I will write to (Mayor of London) Boris Johnson.
“All the residents around here are moaning about it.”
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