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SIDMOUTH: Woman vows to continue feeding birds despite fine

Thursday, 15 May 2014

A woman was issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice for littering when feeding birds in Sidmouth. But Rose Rodell, of York Street, denies the charge, saying she always brings a brush and dustpan. She has no intention of paying up, so the matter could end up in court. An East Devon District Council (EDDC) enforcement officer issued the penalty in Market Place in the evening of Wednesday May 7th under The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. But Rose said: I always carry a brush and pan, I will fight this.” She has been feeding birds for some time, and said: “In every town, city and country there are pigeons, why not in Sidmouth?” She has previously figured in media accusing Sidmouth and the relevant local authorities of being cruel to seagulls. An EDDC spokesperson said: “It is the fact that she was depositing food on the ground for the birds to eat – and has been persisting in this despite being asked on several occasions not to – that she was issued with a littering notice. Food thrown on the ground does constitute litter. The food this lady is depositing is attracting pigeons, gulls and rats. That is why so many people in Sidmouth are unhappy about her activities.”

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