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Fertilizer lagoon plans lead to village protests

More than 100 people attended the meeting of Bretherton Parish Council

More than 100 people attended the meeting of Bretherton Parish Council

 

Residents have joined forces to fight plans for a lagoon to store liquid fertilizer in their village.

More than 100 people attended an extraordinary general meeting of Bretherton Parish Council to raise their concerns for the site off Eyes Lane, Bretherton.

Burscough-based Martlands Ltd is seeking planning permission to create a lagoon to store liquid fertilizer.

It would house fertilizer from a biodigestion plant in Widnes, made using food waste, which would then be spread on the ground

Up to five 30,000 litre tanker-loads of fertilizer would be delivered to the site each day at certain times of the year.

The application says the liquid fertilizer would be “somewhat odorous in warm weather” but would be 400m from the nearest home.

But people living in the area are worried about the impact the lagoon would have.

Their concerns include the amount of traffic going to the lagoon, the size of the access road, the smell it would create and the impact on people using the area for leisure.

More than 180 comments have been left on the council’s website and an action group has been set up, named Bretherton Residents Against Waste Lagoon (BRAWL).

Wayne Jackson, parish council chairman, said: “It is not just a question of filling the lagoon, it’s that it will be replenished on a regular basis.

“The whole village will be hit by the smell.

“We have formally objected as a parish council.”

The Guardian attempted to contact the applicant, Paul Martland, but he did not respond.

 

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