A POULTRY slaughterhouse in Tanworth-in-Arden has been forced to remove its illegal buildings.
While Solihull Council enters its second year of battle against illegal developments in the Eaves Green travellers site, Meriden, residents in the small Warwickshire village are celebrating after Stratford-on-Avon District Council won their case against Summer Poultry Products Ltd, owners of Cank Farm.
A Birmingham High Court ruling in October 2011 granted a mandatory and prohibitory injunction against further development at the site and removal of the unauthorised lairage, replacement lairage and chiller extension by January 19. Summers Poultry has also been ordered to pay full costs.
Brian Stembridge Chairman of Tanworth in Arden Action Group welcomed the news but is calling for more to be done to close the company altogether.
“It’s a step in the right direction, but we’re absolutely dismayed they can still operate.
“If you went there you’d be horrified.
“Tanworth-in-Arden is a pretty little Warwickshire village and we’ve had to put up with some appalling smells coming over; rotting flesh.
“I’ve also had lots of complaints from residents of near-misses as we’ve numerous lorries going through the village and its narrow roads to reach it.
“The operation began life as a farm but it’s been built up behind doors to the factory it is now, which kills around 100,000 chickens a week.
“It’s totally unsuitable for where its based.”
A Summers Poultry spokesman said: “Summers Poultry, never had a problem removing the buildings in question if required to do so.
“However, we wanted to be afforded all due process available to us before carrying out their removal.
“A planning appeal decision is still pending in relation to a chiller unit and a mobile Lairage of which we should expect the outcome shortly.
“The planning appeal consists of a section 106 agreement to remove two buildings which are four times the volume of the proposed chiller unit.”