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Pigeon infested building

Reported via desktop in the Parks and Greenspace category by John Hatfield at 17:06, Wednesday 2 February 2022

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

Abandoned Chapel has a pigeon infestation. Only eight birds in this one image, there are usually more than a dozen. The windows of the Chapel are also broken so inside the building there are dead birds and pigeon waste has covered and ruined all furniture. If left the rafters will rot from the droppings and the roof will need replacing. With so many pigeons in the local area, dropping are also covering neighboring areas, houses, and cars. My own dog is very ill having eaten waste that dropped down the chimney, as the birds sit on the pots. I live next to the Chapel. A few pigeons, no problem, but there is a large and growing flock of them.

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  • Thank you for your report, this is now being investigated. Information on our services and the timeframes we aim to respond in can be found: fixservices

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 17:07, Wednesday 2 February 2022

  • We are continuing to investigate and working to resolve this report

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:17, Monday 14 February 2022

  • These images show the damage to the rear window and the pigeon infestation that has taken place for the last year. By way of example, I have included an image of the secure window to the front. The building is listed, the cemetery is the oldest in Bromley, designed by the eminent architect George Trufitt, the same architect who designed St John's on Park Road and many important buildings around the UK. The chapel is an important landmark to Bromley North and needs to be maintained.

    Posted by John Hatfield at 19:18, Tuesday 15 February 2022

  • We have investigated this report and have made contact with the report originator to outline further details. This report is now closed on FixMyStreet.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 16:29, Thursday 10 March 2022

  • It's been two months since first reported with assurances that the building would first be sealed and then cleaned. Nothing has happened and the number of vermin has increased. I've attached some further images from inside the building the pigeon waste has destroyed much of the interior and waste is also damaging stone and wooden rafters. info/ 200040/ environmental_health/ 343/ common_pests/ 21 Please can something be done before the building is damaged further? It's also a health risk.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by John Hatfield at 17:45, Wednesday 4 May 2022

  • Thank you for your update. A new contractor has now been instructed and I can confirm that works have taken place to secure the double doors. The window Perspex covering has been assessed for replacement where missing and this is anticipated to be repaired shortly.

    State changed to: Internal referral

    Posted by Bromley Council at 09:09, Wednesday 18 May 2022

  • My first report of this problem was in February and the last update was in March and still, there's been no action to seal the Chapel from the infestation of pigeons. Inside the Chapel is only worse than before, more pigeons, more waste and more carcasses, outside the pigeons are gathering in numbers, and their waste is all over the local area including my home, garden and down the chimneys inside my house. This fix my street entry is being closed and no work is being undertaken to fix the problem Please do not close this entry until there has been some work undertaken to remedy the problem, Feel free to contact me too. Thank you.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by John Hatfield at 09:52, Monday 6 June 2022

  • Thank you for your reports and my apologies that works have taken longer that anticipated. Our contractor has been contacted for updates regarding the window repairs to fully secure the building before further works are undertaken.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:47, Monday 13 June 2022

  • Thank you. The Perspex went up today and there are dozens of pigeon looking for a new place to live. Sadly though, there are many stuck inside the building that are going to perish in this heat. I'm not a pigeon fan but I think it would be best to open the Chapel door for the day to give them a chance to escape. Thanks again.

    Posted anonymously at 18:28, Thursday 16 June 2022

  • Thank you for the update. An Officer attended and the Chapel door was left open for a while, but could not be left unsecured for the day.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:02, Monday 20 June 2022

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