Images taken January 2012
This is how near they are to us here in Woodhouse.
With a North Easterly wind the odours are easily picked by our “receptors”. We have really good receptors here in Chaffcombe and can easily detect the difference between the normal farm smells and the stuff the Poultry Farm produces.
We are blessed with having a real farm only another 200 yards away ( Woodhouse Farm) and has never given us any problems regarding any smells and again our receptors are acclimatised to this.
The sun came out at the weekend we decided to have our meal in the garden. That was until the smell arrived. By some odd quirk of fate our barbeques and garden meals always coincide with some disgusting activity at this poultry farm. Its as if they have spies out there waiting for the cloth to be put on the table.!
This is an invasion of my natural environmental amenity that I am entitled to enjoy, namely fresh air!
Even walking home after an afternoon walk with the dog next door, my nostrils ( receptors) are assailed with the strong odour of disinfectant, so strong is the smell it pervades all the surrounding area. They will need more of this stuff to cleanse many thousands of birds droppings.
Look at this image above, you can clearly see our cottages in direct line of fire from the Poultry Sheds. Once the fans are on, the buildings are ejecting all manner of pollutants and contaminants in a steady stream into the atmosphere above our houses.
Now if the wind can carry tons of sand from the Sahara desert to the UK which is some considerable distance then I would assume the wind can carry chicken farm contaminates into my home which is only a 100 yards away. This would probably include some of the chemicals the farm is forced to use when cleaning out the hundreds of tons of chicken feaces accumulated over a 40 day+ period.
Then of course they have to move the feaces and accumulated contaminated bedding to another local site. I have witnessed in the past trailer loads of this stuff being transported in open trailer hauled by tractors. Where we are told it is nice and safe.
So how many tons of this stuff is being hauled every 40 days through our lanes?
Our narrow Chaffcombe Lane is not the ideal place to have huge lorries lurking around the corner waiting for the OK from HQ and they take up all the road, the image below shows just how narrow this lane is as it passed me with just inches to spare. A second one arrived later. Highways have indicated that they would have concerns of an increase of traffic on this road as it is below standard carriageway width without passing places.
Having ever only had six chickens in my life I know from experience how much feaces is produced by one hen in one day so to multiply this by 186,000 every 40 days is a very large quantity. you would not want it in your garden.
Of course they will tell us this does not pose a problem. That is until heavy rain flooding, high winds, hot weather arrives.
It does not seem to matter to the applicant who want to increase the size of this already large facilty as long as he can makes piles and piles of money selling cheap chicken meat he will not care.
Lots and lots more
The “economies of scale” is how the applicant describes the planned increase in traffic, smell, noise, and pollutants. This sort of language comes straight out of “Brave New World”
This expression is used numerous times, in one memo used three times, as if this was a reason in itself to go ahead with their plans. I see it in my simple way, as we have big lorries, we will take more stuff, and take away more and more stuff. But this will of course really be MORE just “economies of scale”
By the time the operation is underway it will be too late and he will be laughing all the way to the bank as we sit in our little homes with the windows closed forever wearing gas masks.
Well you could move house I hear you say? Well I could I suppose give the house away for peanuts, but not if you are a farmer and have lived and farmed this land for over a hundred years.
The Environment Agency EPR sector states in their guidance notes that intensive farming makes reference to a separation distance of 400 metres as a generally accepted separation distance of siting agricultural buildings from residential in terms of odour control.
Our properties are only 120 yards from boundary to boundary ( 109 metres) is it little wonder we get strong smells?
As we are well within this distance and fail to see how this planning procedure can be still proceeding.
Chaffcombe Parish Council
The Parish Council gave no objection to the outline plans in March 2012 but did express concerns
- about drainage,
- water supply,
- increase in traffic,
- concerns about smells
- and noise.
Too date I have not seen these concerns made by the parish council addressed in anyway.
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