Fears raised over Bletchley poultry units scheme

Residents of a Shropshire village have claimed plans for six units housing more than 330,000 chickens would ruin the area.

They believe the proposals to build the poultry units at Vantage Farm in Bletchley, near Market Drayton, would have a direct impact on residents, claiming there would be issues with smell, traffic and potential health implications for asthma sufferers.

Scores of residents turned out to a public meeting in Clive Hall in Moreton Say last night to have their say on plans to grant the project an environmental permit.

Many residents had hoped officials from the Environment Agency would be able to allay their fears over the plans – but many claimed they still had concerns following the meeting.

David Ellis, owner of the nearby Castle Inn in Bletchley, said: “My concerns are about the smell. They have tried to reassure me but it seems to be things will be addressed once the problems have arisen.”

Stuart Gamble, environment manager for Shropshire, said the EA would work to minimise any impact on the village.

A decision by Shropshire Council on whether to grant the permit is not expected before the end of October.