Case 335 – Council sign bans seagull feeding


A Town Council have a sign saying “Please do not feed the gulls. In the interests of health and safety please do not encourage these birds. They may look pretty but can be very aggressive could easily hurt people, especially small children. Thank you for your co-operation.”

Panel decision

Whilst this is not an occupational safety and health issue, the council are taking reasonable steps to engage the public and deter people from feeding seagulls in the interests of public safety and health. They scavenge food from a number of sources which may present public health risks and can be aggressive. The panel does not consider this notice to be an unreasonable use of the term “health and safety” because it did not imply there was any form of regulation in place.

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