Pig farm smell complaints lead to meeting call from councillor

Central Buchan councillor Jim Ingram with Baluss Farm in the background
Central Buchan councillor Jim Ingram with Baluss Farm in the background

A Buchan councillor has written to Aberdeenshire Council’s chief executive seeking action after being inundated by complaints regarding smells eminating from a local pig farm.

Councillor Jim Ingram voiced his concerns in a letter to Colin Mackenzie after a number of Mintlaw residents complaint about excessive smells originating from Baluss Farm near Mintlaw.

In the letter, Cllr Ingram told the chief executive: “This regrettably has been an ongoing problem extending well in excess of a full year.

“I request your assistance in having the matter progressed to a situation which is acceptable to the wider community and hopefully to the advantage of the operator of the unit.”

Cllr Ingram says the problem dates back to 2011 with planning permission having been approved for four separate applications and their subsequent development.

“All applications were approved with the following Informatives... ‘as the development is in close proximity to residential housing, the undertaking must be managed in such a way as not to give rise to noise, odour or other air pollution complaints.

“The applicant must bear in mind that the council can take action under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at a later stage should a nuisance occur’,” said Cllr Ingram. “I can confirm that the council has been engaged on the issue for some time without the problem being resolved.”

Councillor Ingram says that in common with the local community and those residents directly affected he believes the problem requires to be brought to a final conclusion in a manner that proves acceptable to both the community and the operator.

“Perhaps consideration should be given to arranging a meeting involving representatives of the planning department, environmental health, SEPA, Public Health, the local community council, local residents, along with the four local councillors and the operator and his representatives,” he added.

Commenting on the situation, Aberdeenshire Council’s head of protective services and waste management, Ian Robertson, said: “Aberdeenshire Council has received several complaints concerning an offensive odour affecting parts of Mintlaw.

“Environmental health officers continue to monitor the situation and we are considering enforcement options to secure a satisfactory resolution of the problem.”