TWO noisy peacocks in Overton have come to the attention of councillors some of whom think the birds would be better off in a zoo.
According to Overton Parish Council clerk Laura Harley, pictured, it was suggested that they should be moved out of the village after complaints in the ‘news and views’ section of the Overton website about their loud squawking and mess made in residents’ gardens.
At the monthly parish council meeting the clerk revealed there had even been an offer for one of the peacocks, but that the peacocks come as a pair.
In a letter to the editor of the news and views section of the website, one resident said that they are constantly chasing one of the peacocks out of their garden because of the damage it could cause to vegetables and plants, and the letter asked if the peacocks could live in a more “secure” environment.
The peacocks are believed to have arrived in Overton in 2010.
No one owns the pair who known locally as Pierre and Percy.
Councillor Ian Tilbury, said: “People like to see them walking about in the day. But it is the noise and mess they make in peoples’ gardens that upsets them.”
Councillor Adam Trickett on the parish council, said: “I am personally attached to them but I think they are a potential traffic hazard because they stand in the middle of the street.”
Overton Parish Council has made tentative enquiries about the peacocks possibly moving away and they have contacted Marwell Zoo and other organisations, but they want residents to voice their opinion on the potential move.
Contact council clerk Laura Harley on 01256 771919 or by emailing opc@overtonvillage.
com to have your say.