Hundreds complain about pig farm plan
Last updated at 11:39, Thursday, 24 October 2013
HUNDREDS of residents are kicking up a stink about plans for a new slurry pit in Winder.
So far, 370 complaints have been submitted to the planning department at Copeland Borough Council over a new below-ground storage tank for water and slurry, and for a general purpose agricultural building on the same site, just north of Frizington.
Jonathan Gate owns a high-intensity pig farm in Frizington, and has applied for the extra facilities on a second site in the hamlet of Winder.
The existing pig farm is situated near to Frizington’s nursery and junior school.
The nursery, which accommodates 66 children, says that the pigs’ current location is having an impact on the curriculum, which dictates outdoor play. It adds that the children are stuck in side with the windows and doors closed to stop the stench getting in.
Headteacher Lesley Savage said: “It is ludicrous that the pig farm should be located so close to educational facilities, the smell is completely obnoxious and leaves some of the children feeling physically sick.
“If the applications are granted planning permission, the negative effects on the community could be catastrophic; people may chose to move away from the area and that in turn will effect trade.”
Gwyneth Everett, clerk to Frizington Parish Council, said: “There is scientific evidence to prove that slurry is toxic and people want to know what they are expected to live with if the planning application gets the go-ahead.
“We have supported residents’ complaints and have taken them to Copeland’s planning department.”
A number of residents have contacted The Whitehaven News with their concerns.
Lorraine Walker, of Newtown, Frizington, said: “Why should I or the other residents of Frizington, Skelskeugh, Winder and the surrounding areas have to breathe in these poisonous gases?
“The people of Frizington say ‘no’ to the pig farm and a definite ‘no’ to the slurry pits.”
A second resident who did not wish to be named said: “I and most residents are not against farming and the villages are surrounded by good sheep and cattle farms run by farmers who are good neighbours, but since the pigs came to Frizington there has been a continuous stench.”
When The Whitehaven News put these issues to John Pearson Gate, son of Jonathan Gate, he did not wish to comment, other than to say that the move was proposed after talks with the Environment Agency.
First published at 11:28, Thursday, 24 October 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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Oh well, I suppose I can kiss goodbye to my locally sourced bacon sarnies, black pudding, ham salads, hot and sour pork ribs, gammon steaks etc. At least my Doctor will be happy. We should train these Pigs to forage cleverly, out of the way up on the Fells, with just the odd hiker or two's nostrils to be offended.
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