Delayed demolition of old shops in Lymington Road, Highcliffe, starts after nesting seagull leaves
DEMOLITION of a row of Highcliffe town centre shops finally went ahead after being delayed for nearly three months by a seagull.
Ferndown-based contractor Direct Demolition Ltd has finally brought in the bulldozers – days after the bird was spotted flying its nest among chimney pots on one of the units at 366-370 Lymington Road.
As reported in the A&T, the sighting of the gull on 3rd May during preparation work forced it to be put on hold.
Gary Small, Direct Demolition’s director, said it waited several days after being told by a neighbour living opposite that the gull had left to ensure it did not return.
The firm had also received updates on the nest’s status through drone footage taken by its client, Glossbrook Builders Ltd.
“Once we were satisfied it wasn’t there and was not coming back, we got started,” Mr Small told the A&T.
“You’re only as good as your last job. My motto is ‘reputation is our future’.”
The buildings are set to be replaced by two commercial units and nine apartments, after BCP Council gave the go-ahead last year to Sabre Commercial Investments Ltd.
It is illegal to disturb an active bird’s nest under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, whatever the species.
Nesting season typically runs from March to August, with chicks hatching around May or June.
They fledge around August but may continue to use the nest for several weeks.