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Whissendine villagers pack meeting on fly infestation

Dr Bruce Lawrie, of Hortons Lane, Whissendine, with evidence of the fly infestation in the village EMN-140627-143533001

Dr Bruce Lawrie, of Hortons Lane, Whissendine, with evidence of the fly infestation in the village EMN-140627-143533001

The fly infestation in Whissendine has gone on for too long and should be stopped.

That was the view of some of the 120 residents who attended a public meeting held on Friday.

Homes in the village have been plagued by flies making it difficult to leave windows and doors open in hot weather.

The flies are thought to be coming from chicken sheds at Loodall Farm owned by Anthony Watchorn.

Dr Bruce Lawrie, of Hortons Lane said: “People made the point that this has gone on long enough and we don’t want it going on and on, year after year.

“It has been going on since 2007. Most people don’t like to complain. My purpose of urging people to attend the meeting was for Rutland County Council to wake up to the fact that people are very unhappy about the problem and for Anthony to see that.”

A spokesman for Rutland County Council said the meeting provided them with the opportunity to explain recent work carried out by its environmental health team.

Officers had served an abatement notice on the farm requiring Mr Watchorn to take steps including additional spraying to prevent further fly outbreaks.

“We were encouraged that Loodall Farm expressed their determination at the public meeting to deal with any current issues and prevent them happening again in the future,” the spokesman said.

Rutland county councillor for Whissendine Brian Montgomery (Ind), who chaired the meeting, said: “The farmer and environmental officers have been working together to make sure the situation remains under control.”

Farmer Anthony Watchorn said: “We’ve done everything that the council has requested and the problem seems to have been sorted.

“They all complained to the council, so I had no idea. I only knew about the meeting when the council contacted me.

“It is a shame people did not have the courtesy to tell me directly that there was a problem. We have done everything we can since the council got in touch.”

 

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