PESKY pigeons are creating a stink in Coulsdon town centre because they've managed to find a way around the bird-proof rail bridge in the town.
Residents' associations have had complaints from people about the problem, which means the pavement in the town centre is often covered in slimy pigeon droppings.
The bridge, over Brighton Road and next to the town's station, has been plagued by the pests nesting and perching despite having anti-bird mesh fitted.
Charlie King, chairman of East Coulsdon Residents' Association said the street used to be steam-cleaned regularly, but that was no longer the case.
"It's getting worse and worse. It's a health risk, it's dirty and filthy and not good for kids.
"The bridge needs improved pigeon proofing. They've got some iron mesh but the pigeons can get through."
Peter Appleford, from Coulsdon West Residents' Association agreed.
"They make a hell of a mess on the pavement, especially when it rains, it's really horrible. There's slime right all over the pavement, it's really slippery and if anyone was to fall on that and get it in their face or in a cut it would be quite nasty.
"The council used to clean it regularly but with cost cutting, they only seem to do that when it was reported. I must say that when we do report it they clean it very well, but when they do that the pigeons seem to react and make even more of a mess than they did before.
"The only long-term solution is to make it pigeon proof again."
Mr Appleford added he had been in contact with Network Rail, the owner of the bridge, about the issue last Monday, August 11. It said it would look into it.