One million gallon slurry ‘lagoon’ planned for farm

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A ‘lagoon’ containing one million gallons of slurry could soon be dug on a farm in Samlesbury.

The earth-banked pit measuring a maximum of 57m by 57m - the size of half a football pitch - would be to the north of Walmsley Fold Farm in Cuerdale Lane, if plans are passed by South Ribble Council.

Samlesbury borough and parish councillor Barrie Yates said he hasn’t been made aware of any concerns, but South Ribble’s Environnmental Health team have requested that the slurry is covered or contained in a way to “minimise odour and fly nuisance”, to safeguard the living conditions of nearby residents.

Farmer John Eastham said the requirement was “quite normal”, adding: “Every farm that has cows has to have somewhere to store manure.

“We’ve got an old slurry tank that’s not big enough and we’re updating the farm.

“One million gallons is normal, and as we’re only allowed to spread on the land at certain times, this will really help us store it for when we can and make the most of it.”

The design and access statement states the lagoon would “help to provide a prosperous future for this established farmstead” and would “allow the business to see slutty as a viable resource with a high nutrient value; which in turn will reduce the need to spend money on bagged fertilizer during the crucial growing times of the crops/grass.”

The farm has 250 pedigree Holstein cows with 250 young female ‘followers’ to join the herd. The number means the lagoon would accommodate five months supply of slurry, with additional rain and wash water.

Other similarly-sized slurry lagoons have attracted concern.

Last year an action group was set up to object to a 1.2million gallon slurry store being opened at Boyes Farm in Ulnes Walton.

Local residents were worried about health hazards and the environmenal impact on nearby water courses.