Response to odour from manure spreading in Nether Heyford area

The Environmental Protection team (South Northamptonshire area) are aware of odours caused to residents in the Nether Heyford area caused by muck spreading.

Published: Wednesday, 8th September 2021

An officer has visited the area and has discussed this matter with the farmer concerned.

The activity undertaken on 6 and 7 September 2021 was the spreading of treated biosolids as per The Sludge (Use in Agriculture) Regulations 1989, as amended. The spreading of sludge is highly regulated by the Environment Agency. The waste has now been incorporated into the soil as per good practice guidance and whilst odour may linger for a period of time, it will soon dissipate. From what the officer has witnessed to date, we are satisfied that best practice has been employed although it is accepted that the resulting smell has been unpleasant. No further action will be taken in regard to this matter.

We are also aware of other farms carrying out manure spreading in the area and the same good practice in relation to incorporating the manure into the soil as soon as practicable applies. The result of this will be odour in the surrounding area around the activity and unless it persists for a significant period of time and/or the farmer was totally disregarding the guidance contained in the following Codes of Practice issued by DEFRA, the Environmental Protection team will take no further action:

It is acknowledged that the odour caused from manure spreading can be considered offensive however, it is for a relatively short period of time and we are limited to any action that can be taken in regard to these matters.