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Protesters mass to fight ‘terrible’ chicken farm
8:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
PROTESTERS will be staging a demonstration against plans for a chicken farm housing up to 80,000 birds today as councillors prepare to consider the proposal.
Members of Worcestershire Vegans and Veggies will be outside the Civic Centre, Pershore, from 3pm urging Wychavon District Council’s planning committee, to reject the application at this afternoon’s meeting.
It is the second time applicant Edward Davies has submitted plans for two intensive broiler units, each housing 40,000 chickens, on land near Froghall bungalow, Naunton Road, Upton Snodsbury.
Initial plans were withdrawn in July but were resubmitted within weeks.
Ronald Lee, of Worcestershire Vegans and Veggies, said: “The chickens are forced to spend their lives in sheds that reek of ammonia, with tens of thousands of other birds.
"They are dosed with antibiotics because of the high risk of disease and bred to grow so large so fast that many become crippled under their own weight and suffer organ failure. Not only do we not want this broiler farm to be constructed near Upton Snodsbury, we do not want these terrible places to be built anywhere.”
Application documents say the plan is a “small scale poultry unit” that is “not within an environmentally sensitive area” and that ‘pollution and other nuisances have been carefully considered’.
However, residents are also against the plans.
Mike Rowe, who is part of the Wychavon Parishes Action Group, said they would be speaking at the meeting.
“We feel the flood risk has been completely underestimated, as has the risk of pollution to the area. We carried out a financial analysis and economic survey. Three jobs are at risk. They haven’t demonstrated that there is need for this to be built on greenfield land.
“Within the community, more than 70 per cent of the households have objected.
Hopefully the councillors will take the right decision.”
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