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Seagull rescue causing traffic chaos in central Taunton

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East Street in Taunton closed by efforts to rescue sea gull

  • Bird trapped above Marks & Spencers in town

  • Comments


    Jake_Harvey 1:18pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    . The gross incompetence to which these roadworks have been planned is embarassing, not to mention infuriating for motorists who use Tauntons roads on a daily basis, such as myself.

    Secondly, please do not let Taunton Deane Council tell you its all Wessex Waters fault, because the council are just as much to blame. Shutting one of Tauntons main and busiest roads through town to save a seagull, which are frankly undesirable pests anyway, has only added more fuel to the already raging inferno of motorists who are angry and upset about the dire situation of the traffic at the moment.

    I will be contacting the council NOT WESSEX WATER, about these issues, and will be filing a formal complaint.

    Score: -14
    T_12345 1:26pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    All of that for a darn seagull, wow all the difference has been made to the seagull population now!

    Score: -12
    Pastille 1:48pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    Cannot believe the ridiculousness of this. Anyone who works in Taunton town centre knows the pest-like presence of the seagulls. To close off a road to save one, particularly given the chaos that is traffic in Taunton town centre right now is beyond belief.

    Score: -17
    speedy1003 2:11pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    If RSPCA knew that the bird was trapped for the last 24 hours why did they wait until peak hours of people having lunch breaks etc to close the road. Why not do it at 4am this morning or 8pm tonight. Half the roads closed yesterday because of Rod and now this.I live 4 miles outside Taunton but never venture into to town to shop as traffic is horrendous without the roads being shut. Exeter only 15 mins away and Cribbs Causeway 30 mins and FREE parking.

    Score: -13
    mansell5 2:43pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    Jake_Harvey wrote…


    . The gross incompetence to which these roadworks have been planned is embarassing, not to mention infuriating for motorists who use Tauntons roads on a daily basis, such as myself.

    Secondly, please do not let Taunton Deane Council tell you its all Wessex Waters fault, because the council are just as much to blame. Shutting one of Tauntons main and busiest roads through town to save a seagull, which are frankly undesirable pests anyway, has only added more fuel to the already raging inferno of motorists who are angry and upset about the dire situation of the traffic at the moment.

    I will be contacting the council NOT WESSEX WATER, about these issues, and will be filing a formal complaint.

    What have Taunton Deane got to do with it? Somerset CC are the highway authority.

    Always good to get ones fact right before sounding off.

    Score: 20
    blackmasquerade 2:49pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    Have to agree that closing the road seems ridiculous just to save a seagull, especially given the current gridlocks. Even stranger is that at the other end of the town, regular attempts are made by Network
    Rail for example to cull the vermin from under the railway bridge.

    No doubt the RSPCA will argue that it can't ignore any animal in distress but this could & should have been done outside of business hours. Sad likelihood is that once free, chances are it'll head to Vivary Park & lunch on duckling!

    Score: 12
    Thurza 3:11pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    A lot of humans are undesirable pests.

    Score: 39
    Mi_Coc 4:21pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    I thought this was a joke!

    Who thought this was a good idea!

    its a seagull a rat with wings

    Score: -9
    Mi_Coc 4:23pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    Thurza wrote…


    A lot of humans are undesirable pests.

    yeh but they aren't closing roads in a gridlock town to deal with them.

    Score: -10
    timmybadger 5:06pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    I would consider Rod Stewart to be an undesirable pest, but everyone seemed to love the fact he was coming to town. Despite half of Taunton being shut off for a day because of it!

    Score: 21
    Dr Dave 6:30pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    The only good thing to come out of this would be a bit of training for DFRS but it is totally overkill for nothing more than a flying rat as Mi Coc has previously said.

    Score: -9
    Siker72 1:38pm Fri 20 Jun 14

    There is no such thing as a seagull, there called gull

    Score: 4
    ANNE ELK 6:55pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    They should have just shot the **** thing.

    Score: -3
    Thurza 9:51pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    I am glad the gull was rescued, it is a living creature as we are, who is to say that it is less worthy of life than us, why should we as humans be so important that our lives were inconvenienced for a while. As for gridlock Taunton, get out and walk I do.

    Score: 7
    Jamesey 10:36pm Thu 19 Jun 14

    I can't believe that so much money was spent and disruption caused just to rescue a seagull.

    Ridiculous.

    Score: -3
    Anonone 12:11am Fri 20 Jun 14

    Unbelievable! Some years the council raids the nest of these pests. This morning my wife was held up in traffic for an hour and missed an appointment she had left in plenty of time for
    Beggars belief

    Score: -11
    T_12345 8:10am Fri 20 Jun 14

    Thurza wrote…


    I am glad the gull was rescued, it is a living creature as we are, who is to say that it is less worthy of life than us, why should we as humans be so important that our lives were inconvenienced for a while. As for gridlock Taunton, get out and walk I do.

    I really don't think that's the point, if it was an endangered species then yeah ok fair enough but it was a seagull, there are lots of seagulls....everywhe
    re, and this isn't in a horrible way or anything but if the world concentrated on the animal kingdom far too much, then nothing in this world would get done. Simple as that.

    Score: -6
    Anonone 8:13am Fri 20 Jun 14

    It is obvious that someone is manipulating the voting facility. Get a life!

    Score: -18
    Thurza 10:17am Fri 20 Jun 14

    T_12345 wrote…


    Thurza wrote…


    I am glad the gull was rescued, it is a living creature as we are, who is to say that it is less worthy of life than us, why should we as humans be so important that our lives were inconvenienced for a while. As for gridlock Taunton, get out and walk I do.
    I really don't think that's the point, if it was an endangered species then yeah ok fair enough but it was a seagull, there are lots of seagulls....everywhe

    re, and this isn't in a horrible way or anything but if the world concentrated on the animal kingdom far too much, then nothing in this world would get done. Simple as that.

    There are lots of people everywhere. Sad when I think our busy lives are so important that we cannot deal with the inconvenience of helping an animal, it is not as if it happens every day.

    Score: 7
    T_12345 2:13pm Fri 20 Jun 14

    Siker72 wrote…


    There is no such thing as a seagull, there called gull

    'The word seagull is actually an informal way of referring to any of the species that belong to the family Laridae, the gulls' Adam Hunt RSPB. Basically.... it's known as a seagull unless your some wildlife expert that likes to get technical on people :)

    Score: 7
    timmybadger 2:07pm Fri 20 Jun 14

    Siker72 wrote…


    There is no such thing as a seagull, there called gull

    *they're

    Score: 7
    sarahcp82 9:06pm Fri 20 Jun 14

    T_12345 wrote…


    All of that for a darn seagull, wow all the difference has been made to the seagull population now!

    Is this the same seagull that flew down at the pedestrian crossing outside County Walk the other day and grabbed my child's sylvanian families bear out of her hand while she was stood at the crossing and flew off with it? Sounds ridiculous but it really did fly off with her toy and I hope it choked on it!

    Score: -2
    Rusty Hinge 8:33am Sat 21 Jun 14

    Thurza wrote…


    A lot of humans are undesirable pests.

    Undesirable and dangerous pests. Google search "Plant hire boss jailed for arson attacks". It took the Police many years to catch this criminal, who ran a seemingly legitimate and "reputable" business, but once caught he was imprisoned, and a large multi-million pound criminal proceeds confistication order imposed.

    Score: -6
    Anonone 9:16am Sat 21 Jun 14

    For 'rusty hinge' read 'rusty unhinged'!. What has "Plant hire boss jailed for arson attacks" got to do with 'sea'gulls? Obviously an 'attitude' issue
    I once saved a pair of young gulls deserted by their parents and got bitten as a reward.
    Nasty vicious birds!
    And for thurza, and maybe all the greens, what about the dreadful pollution in the town centre whilst hundreds of motorist were delayed for an hour or so with engines running. Perhaps the RSPCA should concentrate their efforts on more sensible projects

    Score: -1
    Rusty Hinge 8:44am Sat 21 Jun 14

    ANNE ELK wrote…


    They should have just shot the **** thing.

    A previous comment by this person, on a local large town, suggested they "They should drop an atom bomb on the ********** place". This person has an attitude - there may be a career for someone of this ilk in the Blob Organisation, until the criminal proceeds liquidators take it apart, if indeed that transpires.

    Score: -4
    GreatOdin'sRaven 2:28pm Sat 21 Jun 14

    sarahcp82 wrote…


    T_12345 wrote…


    All of that for a darn seagull, wow all the difference has been made to the seagull population now!
    Is this the same seagull that flew down at the pedestrian crossing outside County Walk the other day and grabbed my child's sylvanian families bear out of her hand while she was stood at the crossing and flew off with it? Sounds ridiculous but it really did fly off with her toy and I hope it choked on it!

    Well, I don't know if it's the same one. White, grey wings, beak, beady little eyes, sh*ts a lot..? Perhaps we can get it an ASBO (Absconding with Sylvanian Bear Offender), or something.
    Bloody gulls, comin' over here, stealing our jobs. And toys. And chips. B*stards.

    Score: 19
    Thurza 8:23pm Sun 22 Jun 14

    Who says I 'm a green! I don't think so. I just think a society is judged by the way it treats animals as well as our fellow humans.

    Score: 0

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