A Richmondshire councillor says he stands by his comments that farms no longer have a place in villages.
And Cllr Jamie Cameron, who represents the Newsham with Eppleby ward ans has confirmed that he lives on a farm in a village, says he will not be resigning over the remarks.
Cllr Cameron made the comment at a district council planning meeting last week when members were looking at two applications for housing estates on farmland in Barton.
The councillor said at the meeting: “Farms should not be in villages any longer. That’s past those days. People don’t like the smell, they don’t like the tractors, they don’t like anything.
“We have to accept it and there’s nothing wrong with that. The right place for a farm is in the countryside. Villages are for commuters and for people to have their homes and they don’t want cows mooing, smells and flies. I fully support them.”
The remarks prompted dozens of comments from Richmondshire Today readers who were very critical of the councillor, with some even questioning if he should continue to stand.
But Cllr Cameron said he “absolutely” stood by the comments when contacted by Richmondshire Today, and said many people he had spoken to agreed with him.
He said moving farms out of villages was a “no brainer”.
He added: “I was qualified as a rural chartered surveyor and worked locally looking after a number of rural estates.
“We live on a farm which is worked on a commercial basis.
“My comments are in fact fairly academic because in our area there is hardly an economic farm in a village.
“Heavy machinery and houses are a bad and dangerous mix. Animals and houses are a bad mix – flies, noise,smell.