I read the
following in my local paper, the Bude & Stratton, a weekly
paper which covers the Holsworthy area in Devon
No more Holsworthy Pyres " undertaking
An undertaking has been given by Defra that neither the South
Arscott site nor Ashmoor will ever be used for pyres or burial sites in the
event of a fresh outbreak of disease such as FMD................... MP Mr John Burnett added
that they had been told ( by Defra ) the South Arscott site -
where a pyre was lit during the FMD crisis last year - would soon
be restored " as soon as possible. "
There would be " a slight delay " as
there was a need to preserve the site in connection with possible legal
( From last Thursday's paper.
There was also another article about the Ashmoor
site, saying that Defra may consider selling the site to a conservation
body at some time in the future.
The Holsworthy pyre burnt for several
weeks, less than a mile from the town of Holsworthy, covering the
town in smoke, smell and ash.
The nearest buildings were an old people's home
and the cottage Hospital. A friend of mine fought tirelessly
through the crisis to prevent the pyres being lit, and was on the
local TV news. He was joined by hundreds of local
people, and the site was protected by the police and Maff / Defra
officials.................... but it was lit anyway, despite the
He formed an action group and they took legal
advise, only to be told that their legal aid funding had been withdrawn
! He is not an " activist " ( he is / was our
local sheep contractor for shearing and dipping. ) and was " forced "
into trying to stop the pyre as his neighbour, whose dairy farm backed
onto the site had barricaded himself into his house, and said that he
would kill himself if it was lit, as he believed that his cattle would
get FMD if the ash from the pyre went onto his buildings where his dairy cows
were housed, only 100 yards from the pyre.
In this valley, farmers have just received
letters from Defra telling them that they are not allowed to do any muck
spreading from Sept 1st to Nov 1st because of nitrates leaching into water
courses.................. everyday the lives of farmers just becomes more
impossible.................the local papers are full of dispersal sales and
farms for sale................the whole community is imploding on
itself...................well done Tony Blair !