Fury over Docking backing for poultry farm plan

Map showing the site of the proposed new Whin Close poultry farm near Sedgeford
Map showing the site of the proposed new Whin Close poultry farm near Sedgeford

Parish council officials in Docking have come under fire after they voted to support the Sedgeford poultry farm scheme on the same night as their Sedgeford counterparts deferred a decision.

Opponents say they were unaware the authority had scheduled a meeting for last Monday, at the same time as Sedgeford parish council’s planning meeting.

But the parish’s clerk today said he published the notice early in a bid to ensure residents were aware of the discussion.

But resident Sharon Walker branded the situation as “unbelievable.”

She said: “People are appalled at the lack of consultation.

“I have had many phone calls and emails from villagers and we are writing to the parish clerk demanding another parish council meeting in the same way Sedgeford villagers did when they were not consulted.”

But parish clerk John Ward said the agenda had been published on the village noticeboard and the parish council website on Christmas Eve in a bid to give residents as much notice as possible.

He said the issue related to the time limit placed on parish authorities to comment on new planning applications.

He said: “I put the notice up early so people would see it. The meeting was carried out quite correctly.”

The next full Docking parish council meeting is scheduled to take place on January 21.