East Lindsey

Animal rescue charity reaches resolution with council over noise order

A North Somercotes animal shelter has reached a resolution with East Lindsey District Council over a noise abatement order.

The Ark Animal Rescue Centre, which has operated as a shelter for 35 years, was served the order back in December 2018.

East Lindsey District Council said it had investigated complaints from “a number of” residents over dogs barking loudly.

The charity, on Donna Nook Road, took the council to court after Susan Rice, manager of The Ark, appealed the order.

Now, solicitors Bridge McFarland said both the appeal and the order have since been withdrawn.

In a statement, the solicitors said: “Further to the service of the noise abatement notice by East Lindsey District council on the 29 November 2018, and the subsequent appeal made by Susan Rice on behalf of the Ark Animal Rescue, it is confirmed that after discussion between the parties the notice and the appeal are both withdrawn.

“There will be no further statements given by either party.”

The dispute with the council attracted support for the charity, with one couple donating £10,000 to help with legal costs.

More than 12,000 people also signed a petition calling on the council to drop the noise abatement order.

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