Chicken manure lands firm in a heap of trouble

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A HOGSHAW-BASED farming firm has been left more than £27,000 out of pocket after breaching orders to restrict its spreading of ‘nauseating and gut-wrenching’ chicken manure.

Milton Keynes magistrates heard that the council’s Environmental Protection team received more than 150 complaints over a three-day period in September last year, relating to spreading being carried out by Fullers Farming Ltd, of Borshaw Farm, Hogshaw, near Botolph Claydon.

The odour could be smelt right across Milton Keynes.

Following a three-day trial, Fullers Farming Ltd was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay all the council’s costs of £17,181.34, after being convicted of breaching an abatement notice and causing a statutory nuisance, by spreading the manure at Bottlehouse Farm, near Kingsmead.

Magistrates heard there was a previous incident in August 2009, after which the council served a statutory nuisance abatement notice on the company, prohibiting a repetition of the smell nuisance and requiring them to follow a number of conditions if they were again to spread highly odorous chicken manure at the farm.

But the court heard that in September last year the company breached the notice, by again spreading the manure on Bottlehouse Farm, when the wind was blowing towards nearby estates.

The spreading continued for at least three days, producing smells lasting for a week which residents described as “nauseating, gut-wrenching and vomit-inducing and worse than anything ever smelled before”.