Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…
An appeal against a noise abatement order imposed on an animal rescue centre has been postponed.
Ark Animal Rescue Centre in North Somercotes may be forced to stop taking in abandoned dogs if the order is approved.
It was issued by East Lindsey District Council after a number of noise complaints from a neighbour about how much the dogs were barking.
The centre has received a lot of support since, with thousands of pounds raised towards legal costs in order to fight the notice. A petition to save the centre also received more than 13,000 signatures.
Susan Rice is the manager at the Ark Animal Rescue Centre. She said after the hearing: “All I can do is thank those who continue to support us. I was joined by Joe Pepper from Bridge McFarland LLP and Sarah Clover of Kings Chambers in Birmingham today as well as our fantastic acoustic specialist Richard Watson of Blue Tree Acoustics.
“It is such a shame that they have all travelled to be here today only to have the whole thing pushed back until 2020.
“I have found the support from the local media, all the individuals who follow us online and those who have helped with fundraising have really kept me and the team going.
“I am sure that we can count on the community to continue to support the work we do and I am so grateful for this.
“The last year has been exhausting and it is really taking a toll on the personal lives of the people involved. Knowing that we have another six months to spend in uncertainty is deeply disappointing.
“I know that we are on the right side of all of this, and I just hope that we can put all of this behind us as soon as possible and get back to solely concentrating on and doing what we love, which is caring for the animals at the Ark.”
Bridge McFarland Solicitor Joe Pepper, who attended court with Sue on Friday, September 6, said he was disappointed with the outcome.
He said: “Naturally we are disappointed that the case is dragging on – today’s decision will mean another six months of my client being in limbo.
“Susan and I attended Boston Magistrates’ Court back in May to set the timetable for the hearing and presented our case that, in our legal opinion would need listing for two, or even three days to facilitate the case being heard in its entirety.
“Unfortunately, despite our representations, East Lindsey District Council did not share this view and were successful in persuading the magistrates a single day would be sufficient.
“As has always been our sincere offer, we continue to invite East Lindsey District Council to work with us outside of the courtroom to reach an amicable agreement.”
The home has been in operation for 33 years.
It started with Ms Rice’s mother, who began the business in a caravan with six cats.
Ark now houses dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils among other animals – and has helped thousands of animals over the years.