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An inconsiderate resident of Blk 110 Jurong East Street 13 has been throwing leftovers out of a window to feed the pigeons, sparking concern among neighbours for the children attending a childcare centre at the void deck of the block.
A 19-year-old student residing at the block told Lianhe Wanbao that leftovers are thrown out of a high-rise window three times a day, just in time to provide the pigeons in the area with their three meals. Pigeons flock to the leftovers, and leave bird droppings everywhere.
The student said:
“The trees, windowsills and rooftops are all covered with bird droppings, which pose a hygiene concern.”
A fourth-storey resident of the block also told Lianhe Wanbao that she has never hung her clothes out of the window ever since she moved in three years ago, as the pigeons would rest on the bamboo poles and leave droppings over the clean clothes.
The principal of the childcare centre said the food thrown by the resident lands on the ground near the centre. Worried for the children's health, she has hence decided not to let the children have any outdoor activities.
She said that the problem of the pigeon feeding has been around for a long time. Although they have raised the issue to the relevant authorities, the problem still has not been resolved.
She told Lianhe Wanbao:
“I took over the childcare in 2015, but from my understanding, the previous principal was already facing this problem.
“I hope the authorities will install closed-circuit televisions to find the offending resident and bring them to task for the seriousness of their actions.”
According to the Animal & Birds Act administered by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), it is an offence to feed pigeons. Offenders can be fined up to $500.