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Oct 7, 2014 5:59 PM

Debate begins over Locke Road poultry plant in Concord, NH


CONCORD – Concord's planning board is pushing on with tentative plans to have a poultry processing plant on Locke Road. The residents near that area are saying, "Not in my backyard," as a debate is heating up.

"I think that the business idea that these gentlemen have seems like a great idea on paper but they've picked the wrong place," said Jim Steiner.

He is just one of many East Concord residents who thinks his backyard is no place for a processing plant.

"I use to go to chicken farms, every once and a while growing up, and I couldn't wait to get out of those chicken farms because the odors are noxious," said Steiner.

Steiner said he knows the city planning office is taking precautions but he's afraid they won't be able to regulate the smell.

"We're hoping with air modeling and with review of the proposed litigation efforts for the odor that our consultant will be able to determine clearly weather or not it could be an issue in the future," said City Planner Nancy Larson.

Even if the smell is something the city could ensure would not be an issue, all the concerns this project entails could have long-term effects on all of East Concord.

"Devaluing all of East Concord is a potential threat to all of us who live here and that's mostly because I mean some have talked about the traffic but I think the odor is the biggest concern that people have," said Steiner.

In the meantime, the planning board has asked for concerned residents to join them at board meetings.

"I would encourage people to also come in and take a look at the plan and look at the materials. Most of the submission materials are scanned by us and Patty makes them available onto the city website," said Larson


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