Farmer hits back over tyre heap fears

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A FARM owner has hit back after criticism of a ‘blot on the landscape’ manure heap - saying he has done all he can to respond to concerns.

Hundreds of tyres have been piled around the store of manure at Oak Lodge Farm, High Green.

Retired National Rivers Authority manager Richard Kirk, who lives nearby, complained to Sheffield Council about the possible environmental impact of the heap, fearing pollution and branding the pile a ‘blot on the landscape’.

But builder Carl Collins, who owns the farm, off the A61 Westwood New Road, said: “We took on the farm because my partner has horses and when I first created the manure heap, I didn’t know there was legislation about them.

“I was contacted by the council to say it was too close to a water course so I spent a month moving the manure heap back 40 to 50 metres.

“It is only visible from the road because of the time of year - in summer you can’t see it because the leaves are on the trees.”

Mr Collins added: “I’ve had about 20 complaints from residents and held three meetings with them to discuss their concerns and say how I am doing all I can in response.

“Mr Kirk did not attend any of the meetings.

“I have also been working with the High Green Action Team community group as well as providing land for a new welcome sign at the edge of the village - when the city council wouldn’t. I’m trying to be a good neighbour.”