Representing a ward that is significantly rural in parts has its challenges. Today I met with some members of the Melling farming community who have concerns about a planning application for use of a large field. The concerns are not that it will cease to be used for farming but that buildings proposed to be erected will be inappropriate next to long-standing agricultural cottages. There are wider concerns too but you only have to be with the farming community for so long before, like any other specialist area of work, they tell you things that frankly you don’t know much about. How about nitrate run-offs as an example.
I think that the next few weeks will see me well on the way to being a trainee farmer!