Lagoon battle ‘fighting fund’

Site of proposed lagoon.

Site of proposed lagoon. - Credit: Archant

Residents opposed to plans for a waste storage lagoon to be sited in their village have stepped up their fight against the proposals.

Some villagers living in Seething are concerned at the potential impact the digestate storage lagoon would have on the community.

An action group has been set up and fundraising has begun to raise a “fighting fund” in a bid to pay for legal representation in the planning process.

Evolution Town Planning has submitted the application to Norfolk County Council on behalf of the Ditchingham Estate for the storage lagoon on land south of Toad Lane.

Digestate is a nutrient-rich substance that can be used as a fertiliser and consists of leftover indigestible material and dead organisms.

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It would be used on the land owned by the estate instead of synthetic fertilisers.

Dozens of objections have been submitted to the county council by people living in the immediate area and neighbouring villages, highlighting concerns over the impact on an area, the potential odour from the facility and the impact on traffic in the village.

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Angela Green runs Tindall Ale Brewery with her husband and their home and business is adjacent to the proposed site.

Mrs Green, who is co-chairman of the action group, said: “The effect on our life here and the damage it will have to our business - it will destroy us.

“The action group is now holding regular meetings we coordinate efforts to fight the proposals and carry out research into what the proposal would mean.

“We feel this is a new concept and not enough is known about the potential future effects on the land.”

However Steven Bainbridge, planning consultant from Evolution Town Planning, said: “They are valid concerns but there will be no smell.

“It is a double-lined lagoon which is welded all the way around.

“The site is already a designated HGV access route so these vehicles are already using the roads and the vehicle movements will replace the ones currently taking place.”

Almost 60 people attended an emergency meeting in Seething last month to discuss the plans.

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