Group get ready to fight farm scheme
VILLAGERS preparing to fight against a planned new chicken farm are to form a special committee.
After packing into Ashchurch Village Hall, for a public meeting into the poultry unit earmarked for Starveall Lane, Pamington, residents decided to get organised.
Pamington farmer Mike Hill, one of those who is worried about the plans, said: "We're going to form a small committee, of about six to eight people, and then we want to get everything together for when they put a planning application in."
He added that the main focus of people's fears at the meeting was over how lorries would access the chicken farm down the narrow lane.
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Herefordshire-based Kinsey Hern wants to set up the facility, which would rear 1.4 million chickens per year.
Four large poultry units would house the birds on fields at the former Starveall Farm site, which his family bought in 2009 in order to set up the operation.
Last month, dozens of villagers attended a parish council meeting, amid fears the development could cause smell and traffic problems.
Mr Hern has insisted people have nothing to fear from the plans.