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Pigeons home in on modest loft ... but neighbors are spitting feathers

A PIGEON fancier who had to remove a two-story “luxury loft” from a residential building roof following complaints from neighbors has built a more modest home for his birds there.

The previous loft — complete with “balconies” — was taken down last month, after neighbors in Baoshan District had protested for years that it posed hygiene problems, Labor Daily reported yesterday.

While the two-story loft was deemed illegal, replacing it is a much smaller one-story home for 200 racing pigeons atop the Nan Hua Yun residential complex on Hualing Road.

As the owner, who was not named, received approval from residents in the building and from the local racing pigeon association, the new structure is legal, local authorities said.

“We were advised by management that the new loft would not be seen as an illegal structure,” said Chen Haibo, an official of Baoshan housing authorities.

Baoshan housing authorities said the local racing pigeon association had confirmed the loft was now under its management.

Lu Weiping of the Baoshan branch of the association said the loft met regulations issued by Shanghai Sports Administration and was legal.

Lu said the pigeon fancier signed a commitment to neighbors promising that his birds would not be a nuisance.

Local lawyer Wu Dong said if the owner had approval from all property owners in the building, his loft was legal.

Unimpressed neighbors

However, residents in nearby blocks — who did not give their approval — were unimpressed by this newfound legality.

They said having 200 pigeons nearby still posed hygiene problems.

“We have to pay close attention when we put our washing out,” complained an elderly man surnamed Li who lives opposite.

“If not, it gets covered in pigeon dirt and feathers.”

A similar dispute is ongoing in Changning District where three pigeon lofts were built on roofs in a residential complex on Jinping Road, to the ire of neighbors.

The local racing pigeon association said it would visit the Changning complex and try to resolve the dispute between the bird owners and neighbors.



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