WHAT HOPE FOR WYE IF FARMERS DON’T KNOW THE RULES?
NFU Cymru Brecon & Radnor County Chair, Sharon Hammond, interviewed by Paul Whitehouse in Our Troubled Rivers: Series 1 Episode 2. BBC 5th March 2023 “Anything we apply to the ground is not allowed to be less than three metres from the river…”
Sharon Hammond runs a 120,000 intensive broiler-chicken raising enterprise contracted with AVARA (merged Cargill and Faccenda UK poultry enterprise) at Upper Dollwynhir on the River Ithon in the catchment of the highly protected, but dying, RIVER WYE.
CPRW interactive Powys intensive poultry planning map shows this is one of many:
Sharon shows Paul a faint manure-spreading line in the grass very close to the river:
Sharon says: “anything we apply to the ground is not allowed to be less than three metres from the river…”
Paul says: “you see, that seems quite close to me, Sharon, now who decides that?”
Sharon says: “that is a Welsh Government Directive…”
Paul says: ‘to me the river looks dead…”
The Welsh Regulations say: