A PINCHBECK turkey farm has apologised to villagers after complaints about the not so “bootiful” smell coming from its site.
The issue with the nasty niff from the Bernard Matthews farm in Coward’s Lane was brought to the attention of Pinchbeck Parish Council by fed-up residents unable to enjoy the end of summer sunshine at the end of August because of the bad odour.
The parish council wrote to the Norfolk-based company and at its latest meeting received a letter of apology, which explained the smell may have been as a result of the warm weather at the time of the complaint.
The letter said the farm, which for the majority of the time was “unobtrusive”, met all the pollution prevention guidelines set down for UK pig and poultry farmers.
It said: “From time to time, however, specific events may cause the level of odour from the farm to increase to a noticeable level.
“This might be when we muck out our sheds, or when the weather is very hot and we have to open all the doors and windows of the sheds to help keep the livestock cool.”
The letter, signed by George Youngs, general manager agriculture (operations and logistics), went on to say: “In these circumstances there is very little that we can do to mitigate the odour, because we always put the welfare of our livestock above all other considerations, but generally it is unlikely to be within the spectrum of your description as “awful”, and so I again apologise if this was the case.
“We always strive to be quiet and considerate neighbours.”