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Park Avenue bridge: Rotting birds and mounds of poo ‘are being ignored’, neighbours say

PUBLISHED: 15:56 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:15 17 May 2018

Pigeon droppings beneath the Network Rail bridge in Park Avenue. Picture: Simon Campbell

Pigeon droppings beneath the Network Rail bridge in Park Avenue. Picture: Simon Campbell

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Rotting birds and mounds of excrement that fall from a bridge in Willesden are blighting the lives of motorists and pedestrians - but rail chiefs claim they have no cash to sort it out.

Pigeon excrement and rotting birds within the Network Rail bridge in Park Avenue. Picture: Simon CampbellPigeon excrement and rotting birds within the Network Rail bridge in Park Avenue. Picture: Simon Campbell

Transport bosses and Brent Council are being accused by neighbours of ignoring the Network Rail-owned bridge on Park Avenue, which borders Dudden Hill and Willesden Green.

For more than five years, Simon Campbell, who lives nearby, has been emailing the council on behalf of his neighbours, but says he’s been met by a “wall of silence and inaction”.

In an email, he urged councillors, MPs and neighbours to reflect on the “mounds of excrement on the bridge, spattered all over the carriageway and footpaths, the dead, rotting birds, and the airborne pathogens swirling around the site”.

He added: “This should have been addressed and cleaned up once and for all, many years ago.

Bird excrement and remains of rotting dead birds inside the Network Rail bridge in Park Avenue. Picture: Simon CampbellBird excrement and remains of rotting dead birds inside the Network Rail bridge in Park Avenue. Picture: Simon Campbell

“Instead, Brent Council have been complicit with Network Rail for allowing this revolting spectacle to continue for years – almost six years in the time I have been attempting to get it sorted.”

He said panels of wire mesh should be fitted to exposed undercarriages to the bridge.

Alison Hopkins, a former Liberal Democrat councillor for Dollis Hill, said: “Park Avenue bridge is really disgusting. It’s residents’ only walkthrough to Willesden Green and parents of children in nearby schools must walk under it every day.

“The bridge in Cricklewood Lane on the Barnet side was a sorry sight, but the Cricklewood Town Team got involved and it’s really nice now. Brent has enforcement powers – it is just not using them.”

Pigeon droppings beneath the Network Rail bridge in Park Avenue. Picture: Simon CampbellPigeon droppings beneath the Network Rail bridge in Park Avenue. Picture: Simon Campbell

A spokeswoman for Brent Council said: “We are aware of the problem and are in discussions with Network Rail, who own the bridge, to try and address the issues.”

But a spokeswoman for Network Rail said: “We secured netting over the pavement in Park Avenue, Willesden, at the end of last year, but at this stage there are no plans or funding to extend this over the road.”

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