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POO CATCHING: River Brew Co bids to keep trays to protect customers

POO CATCHING: River Brew Co bids to keep trays to protect customers

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Metal trays  installed under the Tyne Bridge to stop customers at a trendy container community being hit by falling bird poo could be in place for another year.

In March last year Wylam Brewery’s Rob Cameron was given permission by Gateshead Council to install six temporary metal trays on the super structure to catch waste from nesting birds.

However, this permission was only granted for one year so he has returned to the authority to request a 12 month extension.

By the River Brew Co on the Gateshead banks of the Tyne has proven a hit with punters and critics alike ever since it opened its doors in 2017.

Since then, the establishment has been getting rave reviews in the local and national press, even attracting the attention of foodie bible the Michelin Guide, which gave it a mention on its social media in 2018.

The bridge is home to an estimated 250 breeding pairs of kittiwakes, with most of them nesting on the ledges of the two stone towers.

However, a small number of these birds have chosen to make their homes on the angled surfaces provided by the webs of the bridge’s riveted steel structure.

The container community is nestled under the Tyne Bridge and there are two areas “where bird excrement and other waste from the nests directly above impacts on customers and useable space below,” according to a planning statement.

An application submitted to Gateshead Council stated the six temporary trays could be installed beneath the bridge to ” catch the majority of
material ejected from the nest above before it falls or is blown onto people at quay level”.

If the scheme is extended, the trays would initially only be in place for a further year and will be coated with a polyester powder to match the colour of the bridge and deter birds from nesting on them.

The planning statement added: “The design of the installation to be temporary and without any intrusive mechanical fixings through the bridge fabric further limits impact on the heritage asset itself.”

Gateshead Council will decide on the application by April.

Words: Herbert Soden, Local Democracy Reporter


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