Pig farm opponents to step up action

THE DERRYLIN Community Action Group has vowed to step up its campaign against the location of a proposed pig farm close to the town. 
In April a planning application was lodged with for a piggery on the Doon Road to cater for 1,000 fattener pigs. Well in the region of 650 objections were lodged against the application before the closing date, and now the Council has put the proposal out for consultation. 
The action group, which was set up in response to concerns about the location of the proposed pig farm, has in the past organised public meetings about the issue and has the support of many in the community. A spokesman for the group told the Herald the group had been “given a recent confidence boost by an objection and  the possibility of a legal challenge, prompted by Friends of the Earth.” 
The spokesman explained there was an ongoing review of current ammonia emissions by the Department of Agriculture and environmental services. It is understood the Council has been told this review must be finished before it can make any decision about the pig farm. 
“The group continue to be convinced that this proposal, if granted, will pose a serious environmental and public health risk to the people of the village and its surrounding area,” said the spokesman. 
“With these factors in mind, the local Action Group have written to Omagh and Fermanagh District Council requesting a formal meeting to present it’s concerns and will continue to raise their objections at local, cross-border and at all other levels available.”

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