14,000 sign petition opposing huge Northern Ireland pig farm
Outraged residents last night voiced their opposition to proposals for a massive new pig farm in Limavady.
If approved by the council's planning committee, it is reported the planned farm off the Moys Road would have five pig houses which would hold 13,000 animals.
The operation would also produce around 20,000 tonnes of slurry a year to be spread across 1,300 acres of surrounding farmland.
Causeway Coast and Glens council confirmed they have received over 3,000 letters of objection along with five petitions with a total of nearly 14,000 signatures.
The first of two public meetings to oppose the plans was held in Ballykelly last night, with a second event to be held in Greysteel this evening.
Diane Greer from the Stop the Limavady Pig Factory group said she believed the farm would bring serious animal welfare and environmental problems.
"This isn't just about the pig farm," she said.
"It's about the distance they're going to spread the slurry, from Magilligan to as far as Derry.