Help Keep The Ark "Afloat"

by Susan Rice

Help Keep The Ark "Afloat"

by Susan Rice
Susan Rice
Case Owner
I am Susan Rice, manager of The Ark Animal Rescue Centre, raising money to fight a noise abatement notice from the local council.
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on 21st February 2019
£9,650
pledged of £6,900 stretch target from 336 pledges
Susan Rice
Case Owner
I am Susan Rice, manager of The Ark Animal Rescue Centre, raising money to fight a noise abatement notice from the local council.

Latest: March 29, 2019

Update !!

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who continues to support us in our appeal against the noise abatement notice.  We realise everyone is interested in what is happening so we are intending to publi...

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 The Ark Animal Rescue was founded by my late mother Mrs Pauline Rice thirty-three years ago. Initially she began taking in stray cats and after a few years she also accepted dogs. Over the years The Ark vastly devolved due to the public need and now provides a safe haven to many animals including goats, ponies rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and ducks. Pauline, my mum, dedicated over 20 yrs of her life to the health and well being of each and every animal that came into her care.  

I am proud to say that The Ark team continues to rescue and re-home around 400 animals each year.

With the support of the public Mum was soon able to fund purpose built kennels all of which had the appropriate planning permission from the local council. The local council have even used these kennels in the past for stray dogs.

Our kennels are inspected each year and pass with flying colours as we have for the past 10 years provided boarding kennels as our main fund raiser.

 We are raising funds to cover some of the legal fees following the Local council serving us a Noise Abatement notice in  2018 due to complaints from one neighbour.  The complainant  moved to a nearby property two and half years ago. The properties previous owners lived there for 12 years with no complaints. We feel we have been treated unfairly and have run as a rescue centre peacefully serving the community.

We have a court hearing Mon 25th Feb and will be needing a barrister and an independent professional sound report to back our case at a future date that is yet to be arranged. These costs are approx £1380 for a barrister and £5200 for the professional sound report 

Since the noise abatement order was served  a shadow has been cast over the future of The Ark and its ability to continue to serve the community .

If we are to win this case The Ark's future would be more secure, enabling us to carry on re-homing hundreds of animals per year.

If we lost the case we would have to close our current re homing kennels and raise substantial funds to replicate these kennels in a different location on site ( being further away from complainant).


If these funds cannot be raised this could mean The Ark closing our gates forever.


Please donate whatever you can, and share our page with your friends and families. Thank you for your support of The Ark. 

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Update 3

Susan Rice

March 29, 2019

Update !!

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who continues to support us in our appeal against the noise abatement notice.  We realise everyone is interested in what is happening so we are intending to publish weekly updates of the information we can release.  This week has seen the noise expert on site all week and they can now go and write their report which is looking very comprehensive!

 

For anyone still wanting to financially support the ark: https://arkanimalrescue.co.uk/help-us/donations/

 

Update 2

Susan Rice

March 8, 2019

Fantastic response !!!!

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 Solicitors who continues to work for us for free!  We also want to thank Jonathan Holsgrove (Barrister) of Zenith Chambers in Leeds who has been providing vital support in the background again without charge. 

 

Perhaps the biggest and most exciting development from the Crowd Justice campaign has been the ability to add a nationally respected and recognised Barrister to our team. 

 

Sarah Clover of Kings Chambers in Birmingham has agreed to help us challenge the abatement notice.   Sarah has considerable experience and knowledge in this area of law and  having Sarah on board is a huge boost.  This is all thanks to you, our supporters.

 

None of this would have been possible without you, but its not over yet. 

 

Please could I ask that you continue to share our plight on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.    Tag the celebrities, lobby your MP, tell your friends and work colleagues we would love to keep the momentum going.    

 

There is still a huge amount of work to do in addition to our day job of providing the best care we can for the animals we look after. 

 

Thank you for helping us over the first hurdle and for your continued support to face the next ones ahead.

 

Love from Sue and the Ark Team

Update 1

Susan Rice

March 1, 2019

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