Changes on the way for fal­conry unit

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

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.

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