East Lindsey

Animal shelter takes council to court over noise order

A dog shelter and retirement home in North Somercotes is taking their local council to court after they were served with a noise abatement order.

East Lindsey District Council served the notice to Ark Animal Rescue after investigating complaints from “a number of” local residents.

The Ark, which has served as a shelter for the last 34 years, feared that it would be forced to move out of its home on Donna Nook Road or close altogether.

But lots of people got behind the shelter, with one couple even donating £10,000 to help with legal costs or soundproofing of the Ark Animal Rescue.

The money is also going towards an independent noise report from experts.

Now several months later, Bridge McFarland solicitors, which have provided free legal assistance, are helping the Ark with their final hearing at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on September 6.

Susan Rice, the manager at The Ark Animal Rescue Centre, thanked people for their overwhelming levels of support.

“We are all genuinely, heartfelt and eternally grateful for everyone who has donated, shared and supported the campaign.

“Due to the success so far we have been able to appoint our noise experts who are currently working on and preparing the report we need.

“Along with all our wonderful supporters we want to thank our solicitor Joe Pepper of Bridge McFarland LLP who continues to work for us for free.”

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