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Pig farm opposition escalates with online petition

Words: Roger Milne

The row over proposals for a major pig farm at Limavady has escalated as 2,000 people have lended support to online petition.

Residents opposing the plans, featured in The Planner last week, have launched an online campaign amid fears if it goes ahead it will "destroy our community".

A Facebook page called 'Stop the Moys Road, Limavady Pig Farm' emerged over the weekend and so far more than 2,000 people have voiced their opposition on the change.org website through a "Say 'NO' to the Simpson 49,000 strong Pig Farm in Limavady" petition.

The signatories hope it will sway Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, the planning authority considering the application.

Pig farmer Tommy Simpson has defended his plans, saying there would be no more than 20,000 pigs on the site at any time and the venture could create 12 jobs.

The furore has come as Newtownabbey farmer Derek Hall’s proposals to build a large pig production facility for 30,000 pigs faces a similar public backlash.