A farmer has told how his family have received threats after a row broke out over the ‘horrible’ smell on the Chester /Flintshire border.
Residents in the Sealand area say they feel physically sick due to the stink, which they have likened to ‘rotting meat’ and ‘dead bodies’.
But the farmer, who has spread the manure on his fields which stretch from Deeside to Blacon to improve the soil, has told how he has seen social media comments saying that his home should be burned down.
The married father-of-three said the remarks include threats to destroy his fields and crops.
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The farmer, who does not want to be named, said: “Threats have been posted on Facebook including a picture of a house on flames saying people should set our house on fire.
“There have been posts saying that people should all come to the house as well as derogatory comments.
“It doesn’t bother me if they come round, I’m not happy with what has gone on – it is bang out of order.”
The family were so concerned by the posts that they have reported it to North Wales Police .
The force have confirmed the threats have been reported and say officers will speak to the family.
The farmer has also defended the spreading of the ‘organic manure’ which has caused the ‘horrendous’ stench , saying he is ‘doing nothing wrong’ and does it every year.
He said: “All I am doing is spreading muck, which is organic, on my land.
“Public protection have visited us and the officer says we are doing nothing wrong.
“I’ll carry on doing it for the next 10 years as far as I’m concerned.
“We have to spread it as the land around here doesn’t have the right soil structure so the muck helps the crops grow.
“It’s a completely standard procedure and totally above board. It’s good agricultural practice.”
He added: “The smell doesn’t last for long. It goes within 24 hours of it being spread.
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“At the end of the day the waste has to go somewhere, nobody wants it on their doorstep – but this is an agricultural area so should be expected.”
Flintshire County Council has investigated and says the odour should ‘dissipate in due course’.
Andrew Farrow, chief officer for planning and environment, said: “We are aware of the unpleasant odour around the blue bridge area in Sealand, and our officers have been to investigate.
“They were unable to trace a source and believe that, as last week, it is manure spreading on local fields and the smell should dissipate in due course.”
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