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Judge backs odour order
11:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
A COURT has upheld an abatement notice issued by Wychavon District Council against a farm at the centre of a bad smell row.
The council issued the notice against Wadborough Park Farm, near Stoulton, in February, but the farm appealed.
The appeal was the subject of a four-day hearing at Worcester Magistrates Court and now district judge Nigel Cadbury has issued his jugement in favour of the council.
Wychavon says it is pleased with the decision, as the odour situation at Stoulton was so widespread and serious that the council had no option but legal action.
It says there have been improvements in the working practices at the farm during the last year and a reduction in odour nuisance, but it will continue to monitor the situation and take further action if necessary.
Council leader Paul Middlebrough said: “I want to thank the villagers who helped in the preparation of the case against Wadborough Park Farm. So many of them logged in meticulous detail the time, date and intensity of the smell. Others were prepared to and did go in the witness box to explain how their lives were being ruined by the smell and this has undoubtedly helped the case.”
Peter Luff MP said: "The vile stench from this farm was ruining lives and businesses.
Wychavon has performed a great service to the community by pursuing this unprecedented legal action with such determination to its successful conclusion."
The Environment Agency, which has worked closely with Wychavon to tackle problems at the farm, is taking action separately.
The farm declined to comment.
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