Preston pig abbatoir expansion plans approved despite noise and smell objections

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 May 2017

Controversial proposals to expand an East Yorkshire pig abattoir have been given the green light, despite objections from local villagers.

Cranswick Country Foods have been told they can press ahead with plans to build an extension to their pig meat production facility in Preston. The approval comes in the face of fierce opposition from residents and the local parish council.

An East Riding council sub committee rubber-stamped approval for the plans on Monday afternoon by a majority of six votes to two.

A representative of Cranswick Foods told the committee the extension was "minor in relationship to the overall site development".

CONCERNS: Some villagers had cited fears over more noise and a worse smell hanging over the area.

But some villagers in Preston have repeatedly cited fears over the prospect of more noise and worse smells polluting the area.

Barbara Mendham, who spoke on behalf of residents at the meeting, claimed the expansion would "breach our human rights to use outside facilities".

"I live 110 metres north of the factory," she said. "It is clear there is going to be a problem with noise. We are aware the Environment Agency has removed their objection. We believe this has been done to ensure they will not be held to account by Cranswick Foods."

Referencing a noise assessment report which concluded the difference in noise would be "negligible" compared to current levels, she said: "How can this be when more pigs will be housed there?"

Cranswick's representative claimed the company was worth £200m to the local economy.

TRAFFIC: HGVs pass through the area, to and from the abattoir.

He said: "The application made will give us the opportunity to address noise and other issues raised. We are committed to the Preston area in the long term and we offer economic support to the East Riding."

Councillors raised concerns over the discrepancy between noise figures produced by objectors and those recorded by Cranswick, with two members of the committee asking for the decision to be deferred until further investigation.

However, committee chairman Cllr Bryan Pearson motioned that the plans be approved, but on the grounds that a liaison group be formed with a view to regular meetings between the company and local residents.

He said: "I've visited the factory many times and I think the problem here is a lack of liaison. If the villagers form a liaison group, then the company must talk with these people every two or three months."

Cranswick did not respond to the Mail's request for comment.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "Following the submission of an additional noise monitoring and impact assessment report prepared by the applicant's consultants we were in a position to remove our initial objection."

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