Issued: July 4, 2017
Concerns raised over biofertiliser lagoon plan
Concerns are being raised by North Weald Bassett Parish Council over plans for excavation work and the creation of a 10,000 cubic metre biofertiliser lagoon at Epping Upland.
Last night's planning committee was told the 88m x 75m lined lagoon earmarked for Hayleys Manor Farm in Upland Road would provide nine months' storage of biofertiiliser.
Councillors are concerned about the impact the number of tankers required to fill the lagoon would have on Upland Road after the meeting was told there would need to be some 666 tanker movements (333 into the site and 333 out of the site) to fill the lagoon.
Councillor Terry Blanks told the meeting: "A lagoon sounds quite nice but does it really mean a slurry pit?"
Councillor Elaine Godwin-Brown asked how does the farm fertiise its land at the moment adding that it might be that the lagoon attracts less traffic than is the case at present."
Councillor Brian Eldridge said the council was not opposed to the purpose of the lagoon but with the traffic issues.
Councillor Sheila Jackman said: "It is the impact (the use would have) on our parish."
The meeting was told the route for the tankers would be from junction 7 of the M11, along the B1393 and along Upland Road.