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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Plans for giant slurry pit rejected by Carlisle councillors

A giant slurry pit will not be built in north Cumbria.

Carlisle city councillors today rejected the plan for a site near Scaurbank Wood.

The proposal had triggered the biggest number of objections ever recorded by the council. Of the 1,409 consultation responses received for the application, all were against it.

The lagoon would have been 500m – less than a third of a mile – from Lovers Lane in Longtown, the nearest residential street. It would have been capable of holding two million gallons of slurry.

The application was submitted by Robin and Moira Fisher, of Smalmstown farm, which sits on the road to Gretna.

They said they would not introduce more slurry but instead wanted a “more efficient method of storing and applying the existing slurry to reduce odour, traffic and safety concerns”.

At the heart of the objections were fears over health, with concerns voiced about pathogens (infectious micro-organisms) and the knock-on effect for the town.

The plans had been recommended for approval.

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