Changes on the way for falconry unit
Big changes are planned for a bird-breeding business that has caused friction at Beeswing.
Villagers claim their lives have been disrupted by smells, noise and rats linked to the rearing centre at West Park.
Now a new owner has taken over and the council’s planning applications committee will today be asked to back proposals to transform the operation.
Councillors will be told the “previous site operations and management caused much tension in the village”.
Now the applicant, named only as Mr Alsaeed, is aiming to operate “a professional breeding project”.
According to planners, one of the key differences will be that the only falcons involved will belong to the owner with none for sale.
The unit will be run by a project manager with more than 11 years’ experience on “some of the biggest breeding projects in the world”.
A report to the meeting spells out the proposed changes. I
It says:“It is planned to refurbish all the buildings to the highest standards with all of the chambers lined with white Microban plastic to aid cleaning.
“There will be two large walk-in freezers, one for the storage of food and the other for the storage of food waste before disposal.
“All animal waste, offal, etc will be bagged and frozen for fortnightly collection by a licensed poultry waste disposal company.
“Breeding chambers will be cleaned on a three-month rotating cycle when the birds will be removed and the chamber cleaned with high-pressure steam and disinfected to kill all viruses, bacteria, fungi and moulds and eliminate any odours.”
The report also explains that in the past the birds involved were hand-reared falcons which see humans as mates and consequently “are very noisy and scream at their human parents/ mates all the time”.
The falcons that will be coming to the project are naturally raised and “rarely call”.
There will be active efforts to get rid of vermin, which could potentially bring disease to the birds, and anything caught would be humanely destroyed, frozen and disposed of with other waste.
There have been 10 letters of objection from neighbours on a string of issues such as smell, noise, traffic and visual grounds.
Planners are recommending approval with conditions.