VIDEO: RESIDENTS are being urged to put in official complaints to Warrington Borough Council following the alleged spraying of “toxic chemicals” on land at Peel Hall during nesting season.
Local resident Wendy Johnson-Taylor, who has been helping co-ordinate campaigns against the development of the land by Satnam developments, was out walking when she saw spraying taking place on the land, yesterday (Saturday).
She said: “I would urge local residents to complain to the council!
Drone footage also captured the spraying taking place, clearly showing nesting wildlife being disturbed.
Wendy said:”I stopped the driver and he told me he was using something similar to Roundup! If it is then the active chemical in it is under the spotlight because it may be carcinogenic to humans. Wind speed approx 37 miles an hour so anything or anyone down wind of it would get it ! Poor birds an wildlife too!
“Surely this MUST be illegal during nesting season!? Get on the phone and put a complaint in first thing on Tuesday folks!!”
She added: “Today we witnessed Peel Hall’s heart, its wildlife, being destroyed before our very eyes,what was sprayed today will have a big impact on our local wildlife. This has to stop now!”
Another local campainger Ste Dodd posted a warning on social media saying: ” Once again Satnam employs a mercenary to do its dirty work. In this brief video we can clearly see a bird flee the machinery, she waited till the last moment to take flight strongly suggesting she was protecting eggs or even a brood.
“This was not an isolated incident.Eyes on the ground say it was happening all around the machinery.
He added: “Peel Hall has not been used for agricultural purposes for many years so employing the contractor to undertake this work has no value agriculturally, it was clearly carried out to decimate the wildlife.
In February residents were celebrating after Warrington Borough Coucnil’s planning committee refused an application to build 1,200 houses on the land.