SALISBURY City Council has agreed to re-look at the guidelines governing the amount livestock allowed on allotments following a complaint made by a member of the public.

Peter Johnson, whose house backs onto the Coldharbour Lane allotments, said his life had become “unbearable” due to the smell of the chickens there.

Current guidelines state that an allotment must have fewer than 12 chickens and that no more than 50 per cent of the site can be taken up by livestock.

Cllr Mark Timbrell proposed the amount of chickens allowed on an allotment should be cut from 12 to six with a recommendation that livestock should not be kept near residential property.

The council resolved to send the guidelines back to officers who will re-draft them taking into consideration the recommendations.