A COUNCILLOR has quit a group tasked with finding the best way to fight the city's gull problem over the "appalling" decision to not push ahead with a controversial cull.

Councillor Chris Mitchell, who was part of the Worcester City Gull Forum, announced he would be resigning from his role after the council's environment committed decided to reject a possible cull after legal advice called the pursuit pointless.

Worcester City Gull Forum, which is made up of councillors, residents, business owners, council staff and representatives from Worcestershire Regulatory Services, Worcester Cathedral and Worcester BID, meets quarterly to discuss how the problem can be best tackled.

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Cllr Mitchell said he was "appalled" at the decision by the council's environment committee to ignore the forum's recommendation to request a cull.

He said Cllr Joy Squires, chairman of the environment committee, had done "everything in her power" to stop the city council from making a decision on pursuing a cull when it met in full last Tuesday (October 22).

Cllr Alan Amos, who strongly supports a cull, called for council bosses to start drawing up a legal case to start culling gulls in Worcester by next year due to “growing anger and frustration” by residents and businesses.

The motion was rejected by the council with Cllr Squires calling the motion "premature" as the potential legal case for a cull was already on the environment committee's agenda.

Cllr Squires told the council's environment that a cull was a "complete non-starter" and applying for a licence to carry it out would not be possible.