Welcome to 'Fowl Play in East Huntspill'

Welcome to 'Fowl Play in East Huntspill'

This is Newbridge Farm broiler chicken factory farm in East Huntspill

This is Newbridge Farm broiler chicken factory farm in East Huntspill

This is the website for the campaign against the intensive poultry farming units at Newbridge Farm

This is the website for the campaign against the intensive poultry farming units at Newbridge Farm

This community support website is to raise awareness of the wide range of adverse impacts of industrial chicken farming at Newbridge Farm, East Huntspill. It aims to provide a focus and factual information for those that wish to object for whatever reason. Any opinions expressed are those of Ian & Julia Stanbury, who are leading the campaign against the development and operation at Newbridge Farm.

This community support website is to raise awareness of the wide range of adverse impacts of industrial chicken farming at Newbridge Farm, East Huntspill. It aims to provide a focus and factual information for those that wish to object for whatever reason. Any opinions expressed are those of Ian & Julia Stanbury, who are leading the campaign against the development and operation at Newbridge Farm.

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It doesn't very much look like a farm, does it? It is owned by Amber Real Estate Investments and operated by Hook 2 Sisters - both part of the controversial Boparan Holdings group of companies. It is licensed to rear up to 312,500 chickens for meat production. The chickens are grown at an artificially fast rate over a 42 day period (6 weeks) before being transported away in lorries, just like the one shown here, for slaughter elsewhere.

It doesn't very much look like a farm, does it? It is owned by Amber Real Estate Investments and operated by Hook 2 Sisters - both part of the controversial Boparan Holdings group of companies. It is licensed to rear up to 312,500 chickens for meat production. The chickens are grown at an artificially fast rate over a 42 day period (6 weeks) before being transported away in lorries, just like the one shown here, for slaughter elsewhere.

What's it all about...?

What's it all about...?

Ok, so there has been a chicken farm on the site for many years, but... 

Ok, so there has been a chicken farm on the site for many years, but... 

...as you can see from the comparative overhead photos, the re-development of the site in 2016 doubled the floorspace of the four original sheds. The original operation was discreet and caused little or no nuisance to nearby properties or wildlife. However, the modern materials used in the new buildings make them stand out in the Somerset countryside setting and many native trees and shrubs around the site have been lost.

...as you can see from the comparative overhead photos, the re-development of the site in 2016 doubled the floorspace of the four original sheds. The original operation was discreet and caused little or no nuisance to nearby properties or wildlife. However, the modern materials used in the new buildings make them stand out in the Somerset countryside setting and many native trees and shrubs around the site have been lost.

So what's the problem...?

So what's the problem...?

This place is a planning, pollution control and animal welfare disaster that is making our lives a misery and has blighted our part of the lovely Somerset countryside – and no one affected by it had any say in the matter! The unfiltered odour from the ammonia and faeces of over 300,000 factory reared chickens that builds up over every six-week ‘crop cycle’ is causing significantly harmful impacts on the residents and tourist-dependent businesses in the surrounding area. 

This place is a planning, pollution control and animal welfare disaster that is making our lives a misery and has blighted our part of the lovely Somerset countryside – and no one affected by it had any say in the matter! The unfiltered odour from the ammonia and faeces of over 300,000 factory reared chickens that builds up over every six-week ‘crop cycle’ is causing significantly harmful impacts on the residents and tourist-dependent businesses in the surrounding area. 

What can be done about this...?

What can be done about this...?

You see that light coloured roofing material? You can't miss it! That's just one of the numerous significant breaches of planning permission that should render the whole development invalid. Sedgemoor District Council has the authority and one-off opportunity to close down this site to protect the people and businesses it serves. Please add your signature to our petition to urge the Council to make the right decision: 

You see that light coloured roofing material? You can't miss it! That's just one of the numerous significant breaches of planning permission that should render the whole development invalid. Sedgemoor District Council has the authority and one-off opportunity to close down this site to protect the people and businesses it serves. Please add your signature to our petition to urge the Council to make the right decision: 

Like and share our Facebook page 'Fowl Play in East Huntspill' to help spread the word and raise awareness of this issue. You can also join the 'Fowl Play in East Huntspill' Facebook Group to get updates and engage with others who are also concerned about what's going on.

Like and share our Facebook page 'Fowl Play in East Huntspill' to help spread the word and raise awareness of this issue. You can also join the 'Fowl Play in East Huntspill' Facebook Group to get updates and engage with others who are also concerned about what's going on.

Video courtesy of the Guardian. Some people may find parts of the video upsetting or distasteful but this is the truth behind the UK's intensive chicken farming industry, which is being allowed to happen by ill-informed, naive or dishonest planning authorities.

Video courtesy of the Guardian. Some people may find parts of the video upsetting or distasteful but this is the truth behind the UK's intensive chicken farming industry, which is being allowed to happen by ill-informed, naive or dishonest planning authorities.

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