Driven out of town by seagulls?

After reading letters concerning seagulls this week the the Sussex Express in response to the letter from Mrs Anne Russell from Seaford (originally from Devon) the previous week, I have to say my sympathies lie with Mrs Russell.

I have lived in the same house for almost 20 years.

When I first moved here, there were a few seagulls around, but they were never a problem.

Over the past three or four years, their numbers seem to have increased dramatically. They are vociferous almost 24 hours per day and they dive-bomb me and other residents (even passers by!) on a daily basis.

Kevin Gordon, also from Seaford, suggests in his letter (July 19) that perhaps Mrs Russell ‘was a bit daft moving to the seaside’ if she didn’t like seagulls. Well I was born in Newhaven and I enjoy the sound of seagulls when I am on the beach, but I do not enjoy the sound of seagulls at 1am on a weekday morning when I am trying to sleep and have to be up for work at 7am.

What am I to do; allow the huge increase in the seagull population that has occurred in recent years to drive me out of my home town?

Perhaps if people didn’t keep leaving rubbish sacks outside their homes unprotected, to be ripped apart by seagulls in their search for food, there might not be the ever increasing numbers of them, but this seems to be rather too much to hope for.

M C Young

Newhaven