Man who looks after 100 pigeons told to get rid of them by council

PUBLISHED: 10:06 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:06 30 September 2016

The pigeons flying over the house

The pigeons flying over the house

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A family are distraught after being told they must get rid of nearly 100 pigeons they look after.

Cafer AslanCafer Aslan

Roughly six weeks ago Cafer Aslan, 53, started collecting the birds from friends and a Cheshunt-based pigeon club, and has been looking after them at his sister’s house in Barnet Road, Potters Bar.

He spent hundreds of pounds on food and medicine, built them two houses in the garden, and told the Potters Bar Edition he sees them as “part of the family”.

However, following several neighbours’ complaints, the family were given two weeks to re-home their feathered friends by Hertsmere Council.

Factory worker Cafer said he has collected pigeons since living in his native Turkey, and the father-of-one feels aggrieved that while other locals can have cats and dogs, he cannot have his pigeons.

Potters Bar pigeonsPotters Bar pigeons

Cafer’s sister, Zeynep, echoed those thoughts, and recalled the frenzy when a cat snuck into the garden and caused the petrified pigeons to flap into the house.

“I’m very upset because they are like my kids,” she added.

“They talk, they are friendly, and are not hurting anyone.”

However, a neighbour claimed although the birds are harmless, they are a nuisance in the area.

“I hate pigeons. They all poo on my washing and then I have to do it all again,” she said.

A Hertsmere Council spokeswoman said: “Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 our officers have assessed the level of nuisance presented by the pigeons.

“We haven’t taken any enforcement action against the occupiers so far, but can confirm that we have asked them to reduce the number of birds to no more than 10 within 14 days.”

The spokeswoman confirmed the deadline is October 10.

Cafer said he was unsure what he would do, but will probably have to drive them far away and release them.


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