Louth farm’s ‘nuisance odour’ charges dropped


East Lindsey District Council has lost its legal battle against a Legbourne Road farm which was accused of causing ‘nuisance odours’ over a four year period, after all 19 of the charges were dropped at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court last week.

ELDC served an abatement notice to Andrew Roger Laughton, owner of Southfield Farm, back in July 2010 following complaints that odours from the farm were creating a nuisance to nearby properties.

In the four years since, the council received 157 complaints from residents.

Between August 7 and October 31 last year, ELDC recorded a breach of the abatement notice on 19 separate occasions. ELDC decided to prosecute on March 18 this year, with each separate offence carrying a maximum fine of £20,000.

However, on Friday (October 3), all of these offences were withdrawn at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court. The case has been adjourned until October 27 to allow time for costs to be sent to the prosecution and agreed if possible.

ELDC‘s Environmental Health Manager, Mike Harrison, said: “It is well known that the District Council has investigated complaints relating to agricultural odour associated with Southfield Farm.

“Should we receive further complaints, the Council will thoroughly investigate allegations made and continue to focus on resolving this issue for benefit of the community.

“Due to ongoing legal discussions between both parties the Council is unable to discuss the matter further at this time.”

Mr Laughton was unavailable for comment.