launch petition calling for Huntspill chicken farm to be shut
living near a controversial chicken farm in East Huntspill have
stepped up their calls to halt problems with 'unbearable' smells
by launching a new petition.
first reported here,
residents living near Newbridge Farm in New Road, East Huntspill,
say the pungent smells coming from the site have worsened over the
are awaiting a decision by Sedgemoor District Council on whether
the farm's owners have breached planning rules.
to urge Sedgemoor District Council to close down the controversial
industrial chicken farm has been signed by hundreds of local
residents Ian and Julia Stanbury, pictured below, are among
the locals who are up in arms and leading a push to get action.
started a petition to urge Dawn de Vries (Principal Planning Officer
at Sedgemoor District Council) to make the right decision and deem
the site of the chicken farm as unauthorised and close it down.
This is a critical opportunity for us to exert people power and
achieve our aim of stopping this planning, pollution control and
animal welfare travesty. It's time to say 'Stop! Enough is enough!'",
District Council has the opportunity and the authority to declare
the site of a controversial industrial chicken farm in East Huntspill
as unauthorised and order it to close down and be demolished. Pplease
note that there would be no job losses all the work is contracted
out. Please help us persuade the Council to do the right thing by
signing our petition."
why is the chicken farm controversial? Why should it be shut down?
It is a planning, pollution control and animal welfare disaster
that is making our lives a misery and has blighted our part of the
lovely Somerset countryside and no one affected by it had
any say in the matter!"
livelihoods of people nearby and the welfare of farm animals are
being completely disregarded."
continues: "The unfiltered odour from the ammonia and faeces
of over 300,000 factory reared chickens that builds up over every
eight-week crop cycle is causing significantly harmful
impacts on the residents and tourist-dependent businesses in the
three weeks of each cycle, locals dread going outside in their own
gardens or opening their windows for fear of becoming nauseous;
and tourist-related businesses are losing bookings because of the
of the local schools kept the children inside on one occasion because
the smell was so bad. According to Public Health England, the health
of people living within a few hundred metres of the site risks being
affected by bio-aerosols such as E-coli, salmonella and campylobacter."
the odour issue and the highly visual impact of five large industrial
buildings in the middle of the countryside, each containing about
60,000 chickens living their short lives in their own faeces, are
having a detrimental effect on the value and saleability of our
properties and the income of local businesses."
Houlet from Sedgemoor District Council confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are currently investigating a number of complaints received
relating to potential breaches of planning in respect of the development."
matters are being carefully considered and we hope to conclude the
investigations in the near future but currently I am unable to put
a timescale on this."
Senior Environment Officer at the Environment Agency told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The Environment Agency are aware of, and have substantiated,
odour complaints originating from Newbridge Farm Poultry Unit."
the past few months the Operator has been working to identify root
causes and mitigation techniques to help reduce the impact of the
farm on the local residents."
the site has experimented with feed formulations and a reduction
in bird numbers. It was planned to make alterations to the ventilation
system but the planning permission needed to be able to extend the
chimneys on the roofs was recently refused due to local objections
and visual impact."
a result the Operator, Hook 2 Sisters, are now being asked to provide
additional methods and techniques to reduce odour impact."
has also invited Hook 2 Sisters, the farm's owner, to comment and
will update this story if a response is received.