Belford Parish Council has no objections to plans for a new hen house, but neighbours are ‘very, very concerned and are going to object’.
The only comment the council will make on the application, for the erection of an agricultural building for free-range egg production at Easington Farm, is to ensure that the shed is adequately screened.
This is because Coun Brenda Stanton highlighted that it will be screened by woodland on three sides, but could be visible from the road, although it was conceded that it would be ‘barely visible’.
One neighbour had written to the parish council about their concerns, but members felt the site was reasonable.
Coun Steven Birdsall said: “If you live near a working farm, you have to expect smells.”
Coun Stanton added: “I live near several (hen houses) and occasionally it smells foul, but generally you don’t notice it’s there.”
• Brenda Stanton was re-elected chairman of the parish council, while Ian ‘Reg’ Carruthers will serve as vice-chairman again. In her annual report, Coun Stanton talked about the neighbourhood plan, the new website and the ongoing proposals for the A1, among other issues for the parish.
• The Tour of Britain will pass through Belford as the cyclists race from Kielder to Blyth on Monday, September 4. The peloton is expected to reach the village about 1pm, coming in past the first school, south down High Street, out on the B6349, across the A1 and past Coastal Grains.
• The new neighbourhood police officer for Belford, PC Shona Vickers, was at last Thursday’s meeting, having been in post about two weeks. There had been four crimes in the village since the previous parish meeting – damage to a motor vehicle; a public-order offence; an assault; and theft of tools.
• A public meeting is to take place next week to discuss the future of the Belford and District Village War Memorial Hall, which housed the Community Club and requires costly repairs. The meeting takes place at the Blue Bell Hotel on Thursday, June 1.