Mum left spitting feathers as geese invade her street

Leanne Denwood with her children Tyler eight, Alfie six, Olly four, Zak two and Ellie 18 months outside their home in Ryburn Street, Sowerby Bridge.

Leanne Denwood with her children Tyler eight, Alfie six, Olly four, Zak two and Ellie 18 months outside their home in Ryburn Street, Sowerby Bridge.

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Some people love them, but one Sowerby Bridge mum claims the geese which roam the town’s street are a nuisance.

Leanne Denwood, who lives on Ryburn Street, said that her children have to play hop-scotch on their way to school to avoid standing in goose droppings.

She said that birds, which visit her street every day, are aggressive as well as messy.

“You can’t go out the front door without the geese being there,” she said.

“They flap their wings and hiss as you walk past them and because they can walk right up to our house the droppings are everywhere. It really is disgusting.”

Mother-of-six Leanne said she fears the droppings could be bad for the health of her children and her dogs.

“Not only are they scaring the kids but the droppings are just awful and they can cause illness.

“There is a pregnant lady on this road and she too is worried about diseases which might come from them.

“When I go out with the kids we have to walk on the road because the geese are on the pavements, and that is dangerous too.

Now she wants the council to move them to area where they won’t cause havoc.

“I just want them moved on,” Leanne said. “They turn up every day and sometimes stay for several hours. Then they disappear, but they next day they’re back and the whole thing starts again.”

Leanne’s plea comes days after the council asked the people of Sowerby Bridge to stop feeding the ducks and geese, citing health and safety reasons for the request.

But Courier readers online have had their say on the matter, with many suggesting that the geese should be allowed to continuing roaming.

One reader said: “Our councillors are just quackers. Leave the geese and ducks alone. Cull the councillors I say.”

Another Courier reader commented online: “Leave the geese be! I will be feeding them on my next visit to the lovely new pool in Sowerby Bridge with my family,”

One commented: “Leave them alone - they are a part of Sowerby Bridge.”