Chicken manure causes big stink

Foul smell across Basingstoke prompts calls to council

Foul smell across Basingstoke prompts calls to council

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

A PUNGENT smell which spread across the borough last week prompted concerned residents to call the council.

But the source of the foul odour was soon sniffed out by the environmental health team.

They discovered that chicken manure, which was being spread on fields in east Oakley by local farmers, was causing the big stink.

The borough council’s environmental health manager Tom Payne said: “We received a number of calls of an unpleasant odour between Tuesday and Friday last week.

“We investigated the concerns raised by residents and determined the smell is the result of the spreading and turning in of chicken manure on fields in east Oakley.

“This is something that happens around the same time every year as farmers in the area fertilise their land."

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2:48pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Peter H. says...

So it was a fowl smell then.

(sorry!)
So it was a fowl smell then. (sorry!) Peter H.
  • Score: 24

3:21pm Wed 27 Aug 14

BasingstokeBroadband.co.uk says...

Oh my god did it smell!!
Oh my god did it smell!! BasingstokeBroadband.co.uk
  • Score: 1

12:12pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Cynical Reader says...

You want to live in the country, but you don't like the way it smells.
Tough!
You want to live in the country, but you don't like the way it smells. Tough! Cynical Reader
  • Score: -5

9:29am Sat 30 Aug 14

JJ38JJ says...

Can someone explain the difference between east Oakley and west Basingstoke? There's only about half a mile between the two.
If this had been west Oakley it would have been reported as east Overton.
Can someone explain the difference between east Oakley and west Basingstoke? There's only about half a mile between the two. If this had been west Oakley it would have been reported as east Overton. JJ38JJ
  • Score: -1

10:04am Mon 1 Sep 14

poi000 says...

Amazed that this is a story every year. Yet another non-event from the Gazette.
Amazed that this is a story every year. Yet another non-event from the Gazette. poi000
  • Score: -5

8:47am Tue 2 Sep 14

Frances_H says...

Just a shame it de- values the price of your home!
Just a shame it de- values the price of your home! Frances_H
  • Score: -4

10:38am Wed 3 Sep 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

Cynical Reader wrote:
You want to live in the country, but you don't like the way it smells.
Tough!
You have missed the first point of the story which is that the smell affected a large part of the borough not just the country. So most people who were affected live in an urban envoronment and not a rural setting. I have no sympathy with people who move to the country and then complain about the associated noise and smells but you do not expect the pungent smell of ammonia, produced from animal manure, in our town centre and housing estates. There are regulations and guidelines for the spreading of manure to limit the release of ammonia and other gases into the air. I wonder if these are being adhered to, especially as it seems to be recent problem - I don't remember it from when I was a child.
[quote][p][bold]Cynical Reader[/bold] wrote: You want to live in the country, but you don't like the way it smells. Tough![/p][/quote]You have missed the first point of the story which is that the smell affected a large part of the borough not just the country. So most people who were affected live in an urban envoronment and not a rural setting. I have no sympathy with people who move to the country and then complain about the associated noise and smells but you do not expect the pungent smell of ammonia, produced from animal manure, in our town centre and housing estates. There are regulations and guidelines for the spreading of manure to limit the release of ammonia and other gases into the air. I wonder if these are being adhered to, especially as it seems to be recent problem - I don't remember it from when I was a child. Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 3

12:14pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Cynical Reader says...

Sam - I grew up in the country, It was called "Muck spreading time" .
However, the farmer should have taken note of the wind direction before doing it. Not very neighbourly.
Sam - I grew up in the country, It was called "Muck spreading time" . However, the farmer should have taken note of the wind direction before doing it. Not very neighbourly. Cynical Reader
  • Score: 1

4:50pm Wed 3 Sep 14

robertspet8 says...

Cynical Reader wrote:
Sam - I grew up in the country, It was called "Muck spreading time" .
However, the farmer should have taken note of the wind direction before doing it. Not very neighbourly.
I too am old enough to remember 'muck spreading', but I cannot remember the stench being detectable miles away. I live to the NE of B'stoke and the muck referred to in this article was in the SW - a long way for the whiff to travel, but unfortunately the prevailing wind is in this direction.
I think muck is now being spread on an industrial scale on large fields with fewer hedgerows to help break up and disperse the smell.
To pick up on Sam's point, liquid manure should be ploughed in within 6 hours and solid within 24, but this will not completely get rid of the smell.
[quote][p][bold]Cynical Reader[/bold] wrote: Sam - I grew up in the country, It was called "Muck spreading time" . However, the farmer should have taken note of the wind direction before doing it. Not very neighbourly.[/p][/quote]I too am old enough to remember 'muck spreading', but I cannot remember the stench being detectable miles away. I live to the NE of B'stoke and the muck referred to in this article was in the SW - a long way for the whiff to travel, but unfortunately the prevailing wind is in this direction. I think muck is now being spread on an industrial scale on large fields with fewer hedgerows to help break up and disperse the smell. To pick up on Sam's point, liquid manure should be ploughed in within 6 hours and solid within 24, but this will not completely get rid of the smell. robertspet8
  • Score: 1

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