Residents kick up a stink about proposed animal rendering plant in Norton Disney

Thousands of local Lincoln villagers are building objections to the idea of a new animal by-product rendering plant in Norton Disney.

Residents say the proposals, in early stages, would “adversely affect the lives of residents” in surrounding villages, citing fears of another “Smelly Skelly”.

An online petition has been set up on the change.org website, addressed to Lincolnshire County Council and North Kesteven District Council.

The letter reads: “Lincoln Proteins Limited (with connections to another plant at Skellingthorpe – known to locals as “Smelly Skelly”), is to seek planning permission to build another plant at Villa Farm, Folly Lane, Norton Disney.

“This will adversely affect the lives of residents in Norton Disney, Collingham, Swinderby, Witham St Hughs and Bassingham and further affect the precious ecology of this area and the tourist, ecological and leisure businesses close by.

“The signatories to this petition say “No!” to the planning permission proposals.”

More than 2,000 people have signed the petition so far.

Lincoln Proteins Limited told reporters that plans were in the early stages, and that a public consultation was being held between 10.30am and 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 1 at Norton Disney Village Hall. 

The firm will then put together its proposal to submit to Lincolnshire County Council.

Animal rendering is the process of converting waste animal tissue such as fatty tissue, bone or even entire carcasses of animals turned away at slaughterhouses into purified fats like lard or tallow.

This can sometimes be converted into products like rubber, plastic and lubricants, or animal feed.

Resident Roxanne Burkitt said in a comment on the petition: “I live in Norton Disney which is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

“It’s a lovely community with several businesses such as B&Bs, a woodland cafe, a wedding venue, livery yards, equestrian events, pubs, a residential school and more livelihoods that actually compliment the area.

“I am utterly disgusted that anyone has even considered applying for planning for such a place.”

Lincoln Protein Limited did not wish to comment further in response to residents’ concerns when  contacted by The Lincolnite.