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seagullsThe town council regularly gets complaints from residents about seagulls in landlocked Gillingham, it has been revealed.

Town clerk Julie Hawkins told councillors: ‘We quite often get complaints about seagulls, that there are too many and they’re too noisy.’

The issue arose when members of the town’s general purposes committee last week considered a report on issues raised by the general public during April. These included a ‘complaint regarding seagulls in the town’, which is 30 miles from the sea.

Former mayor Councillor Paul Harris asked: ‘What do the complainants expect us to do about it?’

Town clerk Julie Hawkins replied: ‘I don’t know…put up a scarecrow or something?’

On a more serious note, Councillor Barry Von Clemens pointed out that the public had reported incidents of alleged criminal behaviour to the council.

‘I notice there have been a number of complaints about alleged drug dealing and antisocial behaviour,’ he told fellow councillors.

‘Would it be possible for the council to get the message out that these need to be reported directly to the police? The time it takes for it to be reported to us and then for us to report it to the police … if anything has happened, then it’s done and dusted by then.’

He added: ‘If they do report it directly to the police then they might have a better chance.’

The incidents reported by the public included a ‘report of recreational drugs being used on the Upper Lodden public open space’ and a ‘report of possible drug dealing at Newbury during the afternoon’.

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