Moy Park in court over chicken smells at Lincolnshire farm
Chicken firm Moy Park failed to control odours caused by manure at a farm near Woodhall Spa, a court heard.
Prosecutors allege the business, which operates from Heale Poultry Unit at Kirkby on Bain, did not do enough to address problems despite repeated complaints from nearby residents.
The company denies two charges of failing to comply with an environmental permit to ensure odours were not at levels likely to cause annoyance outside the site, between July 21, 2009 and January 18, 2011.
The Environment Agency claims Moy Park did not adhere to conditions of a permit issued in 2008.
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A trial at Lincoln Magistrates' Court opened today.
In relation to activities during 2009, witness Emma Benfield, an environmental officer at the agency, said: "The concerns were regarding the complaints we made to the company that actions weren't being taken to address the odour complaints."
Ms Benfield added chicken manure was a key source of the odour.
However, she explained by summer 2011, measures had been put into place to address the issue.
The trial continues.