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Monday 23 July 2018

Wexford residents to fight any pig farm plan

A sign has been erected in protest against the proposal.
A sign has been erected in protest against the proposal.

David Tucker

A group of residents in Drinagh, Co Wexford are united in opposition to a large pig farm they fear could be set up in the area.

The Wexford People reports that they are concerned that College Farm, between Wexford and Killinick, off the N25, may be sold to a pig farm company and that such a sale would have a dramatic affect on the quality of lives of people living in its vicinity and on property values.

Philip Stafford, who owns College Farm could not be reached for comment.

Colum Murphy, from Wexford-based Kehoe and Associates auctioneers, said negotiations are taking place, but no deal has been done yet.

'It's an off-market transaction. There are several parties involved and they are actively bidding,' he said.

Because the premises already operates as a farm, there would be no requirement to apply for planning permission to operate a pig farm in the area should someone which to operate one there.

It comes as outraged residents recently voiced their opposition to proposals for a massive new pig farm in Limavady in Derry.

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.

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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.


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