29 November 2001
Defra must restore unused burial site

By John Burns, south-west England correspondent

THE government has been ordered to restore a foot-and-mouth carcass burial site which was never used.

Devon County Council has given the government until 31 March, 2002 to reinstate the 7.5 million Ash Moor site constructed at the height of the crisis.

It said the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs must produce its plans for reinstating the site by the end of this year.

But government officials have told Devon County Council that it would be irresponsible to shut down the site that might be needed in the future.

The site was excavated when some 180,000 carcasses awaited disposal in Devon and some of them had been lying rotting more than two weeks.

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