Thumbs up for dog quarantine centre

Basildon Recorder: Thumbs up for dog quarantine centre Thumbs up for dog quarantine centre

A DOG quarantine centre is to be built in Wickford after fears a new superport will bring an increase in diseased dogs from abroad.

Planning officers at Basildon Council have given the go-ahead for the facility at Gemini Kennels, in Hovefields Avenue.

It comes after Thurrock, Basildon and Havering councils raised concerns about a rise in imported dogs after the opening of the London Gateway superport, in Corringham.

The quarantine facility will be one of just ten across the country.

Dogs identified as being an infection risk will be transported to Gemini Kennels, where they will remain in quarantine for three months.

During that time they will be assessed by experts and be vaccinated against dangerous diseases, such as rabies.

Michael Knight, who owns Gemini, said: “We have had dogs come out of foreign vehicles or even ships at Tilbury docks and as a precaution they need to be taken into quarantine straight away.

“It is definitely going to happen even more now the superport at Corringham has opened. I’m sure we are going to be very busy.

“The quarantine kennels will be a self-contained facility, which is totally and utterly separate from the other kennels.

“I am absolutely delighted the scheme has been given the go-ahead.

“I wasn't going do it because we have already got a lot on our plates, but it is such a big help for the local authorities, and at the end of the day this is for the dogs.”

The quarantine facility, which will house six dogs, could be up and running by April. The new block will be built on greenbelt land within the Gemini site.

Planning officers gave the development the go-ahead as the facility is desperately needed and was requested by a number of local authorities.

There only other Essex quarantine centre is in Colchester.

Gordon Humphries, planning officer at Basildon Council, said “very special circumstances can be made to justify the development as an exception to normal greenbelt policies in this instance”.

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5:14pm Tue 31 Dec 13

shallotman says...

Why not at the new port.
Why not at the new port. shallotman
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6:11pm Tue 31 Dec 13

whataday says...

Are 6 kennels going to be enough?

Also agree with shallotman - why not on land nearer the port?
Are 6 kennels going to be enough? Also agree with shallotman - why not on land nearer the port? whataday
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6:17pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Why bother kennelling them, probably vermin ridden, drastic action centre needed here........
Why bother kennelling them, probably vermin ridden, drastic action centre needed here........ Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -2

6:39pm Tue 31 Dec 13

iknowbetter says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Why bother kennelling them, probably vermin ridden, drastic action centre needed here........
Another very well thought out post by the Village Idiot!!! (-100)
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Why bother kennelling them, probably vermin ridden, drastic action centre needed here........[/p][/quote]Another very well thought out post by the Village Idiot!!! (-100) iknowbetter
  • Score: 1

6:57pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

iknowbetter wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Why bother kennelling them, probably vermin ridden, drastic action centre needed here........
Another very well thought out post by the Village Idiot!!! (-100)
Its old AIJTT, hows you boy these days, still in a foreign jail??? PMSL
[quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Why bother kennelling them, probably vermin ridden, drastic action centre needed here........[/p][/quote]Another very well thought out post by the Village Idiot!!! (-100)[/p][/quote]Its old AIJTT, hows you boy these days, still in a foreign jail??? PMSL Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 0

12:27am Wed 1 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Fantastic Party woo wow weeee the fireworks here on the Mount Happy New year, to all my Tennants............
Fantastic Party woo wow weeee the fireworks here on the Mount Happy New year, to all my Tennants............ Nowthatsworthknowing
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6:45pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

.....and we all know that planning officers at Basildon Council have the collective IQ of a pickled walnut
.....and we all know that planning officers at Basildon Council have the collective IQ of a pickled walnut Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

12:58pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Ian P says...

Gordon Humphries, planning officer at Basildon Council, said “very special circumstances can be made to justify the development as an exception to normal greenbelt policies in this instance”. From all the reports on this web site I was under the impression that the normal greenbelt policy in Basildon was to build on it anyway, so why was an exception needed in this instance?
Gordon Humphries, planning officer at Basildon Council, said “very special circumstances can be made to justify the development as an exception to normal greenbelt policies in this instance”. From all the reports on this web site I was under the impression that the normal greenbelt policy in Basildon was to build on it anyway, so why was an exception needed in this instance? Ian P
  • Score: 1

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