Dog rehoming centre plan for car boot site

Basildon Recorder: Crofters Kennels – Chrissie Lewis with Billy, who needs a home Crofters Kennels – Chrissie Lewis with Billy, who needs a home

A MAJOR dog rehoming centre could be built on the site of one of Basildon’s biggest car boot sales.

The Dogs Trust, a national charity, has unveiled plans to build 71 kennels, a reception, training area, vets clinic and dog behavioural assessment unit on the site of the boot sale, known as “The Big One”.

The sale is held twice a week on land by the Nevendon roundabout, at the junction for the A127 and A132.

If the plan goes ahead, three businesses on the site – Nevendon Nursery and Garden sales, Nevendon Pet Centre and T J Builders Merchants – could also go.

The plan comes as kennels across south Essex struggle to cope with an influx of unwanted pets.

The Dogs Trust has 17 centres across the country and rehomes 13,000 animals a year.

The five-acre rehoming centre would have exercise runs and fencing, plus new houses for staff and roads and footpaths between them.

There would be flats or houses for staff and the buildings would be developed to look like a farm.

The Dogs Trust has been in talks with leading councilllors over its plans for several months.

Malcolm Buckley, councillor in charge of environment, said: “It may improve the traffic flow, which would be a positive, to get rid of the boot sale. I am open minded about the use by the Dogs Trust. It is a charity which is needed and it has identified south Essex as an area of priority.”

He said a number of planning issues, such as the scale of the building, it being in green belt and effect on traffic, would have to be looked at in detail.

A letter sent in with the application by the Dogs Trust says: “We have negotiated, subject to planning consent, a site on the northern outskirts of Basildon with the intention of building a rehoming centre.

“(Apart from the bootsale) the site also has a number of businesses operating from it every day. Should we be successful in obtaining planning consent, all of this activity in the green belt would be removed.”

The site is owned by Peter Stevenson, who rents out the land, but he was unavailable for comment.

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7:16am Wed 11 May 11

westcliff willi says...

what buckley means is that the council can t find a way of making money out of the bootsale which attracts thousands, but can see a way of making money out of flats or houses for staff whilst removing develpment of this site which is green belt and reduce traffic (once a week) whilst traffic created by rehoming several hundred dogs plus staff and deliveries will of course be minimal.
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what a tit
what buckley means is that the council can t find a way of making money out of the bootsale which attracts thousands, but can see a way of making money out of flats or houses for staff whilst removing develpment of this site which is green belt and reduce traffic (once a week) whilst traffic created by rehoming several hundred dogs plus staff and deliveries will of course be minimal. / / / what a tit westcliff willi

8:02am Wed 11 May 11

boom says...

sounds like another housing estate to me. why would alot of staff need to live onsite ?
sounds like another housing estate to me. why would alot of staff need to live onsite ? boom

10:03am Wed 11 May 11

RJD_Wiz says...

Oh My God !! Just STOP ! STOP, STOP Stop building on Basildon’s green lands.
Every month we see more affordable housing going up. Trafford house, Markhams chase sports, opposite Bas Vegas, in the town centre. WTF? When are they going to stop?
Why not build something really useful to the vastly increasing population of Basildon like, a school? Or a Hospital? Or surgeries...somethin
g to help with the already over subscribed amenities
Oh My God !! Just STOP ! STOP, STOP Stop building on Basildon’s green lands. Every month we see more affordable housing going up. Trafford house, Markhams chase sports, opposite Bas Vegas, in the town centre. WTF? When are they going to stop? Why not build something really useful to the vastly increasing population of Basildon like, a school? Or a Hospital? Or surgeries...somethin g to help with the already over subscribed amenities RJD_Wiz

10:09am Wed 11 May 11

Last Poster says...

Baron Buckley at it again? Selling off Parkland everywhere except Wickford and Billericay didn't do it for him then?
Easing the traffic? The roundabout there is congested throughout the daylight hours whether the Boot fair is or isn't shut. Oh and if the congestion is a problem, What about the hundreds of lorries he and his cronies have planned to deliver the rubbish to their incinerator? Will that not impact on this newly designed roundabout of theirs?
Methinks Tory Councillors speak with forked tongue. They build new houses on every strip of green in Basildon Town central, already starved of Greenery. Why would this be any different? Like he ever cared about green anything (Except Wickford Memorial park, and that is only to keep himself in office.) I wonder if Mrs "Casting Vote" is involved?
No, this fair is extremely popular with the residents of Basildon, so he could not have a better reason to destroy it, and anything else he hates about our town!

Horrible creature!
Baron Buckley at it again? Selling off Parkland everywhere except Wickford and Billericay didn't do it for him then? Easing the traffic? The roundabout there is congested throughout the daylight hours whether the Boot fair is or isn't shut. Oh and if the congestion is a problem, What about the hundreds of lorries he and his cronies have planned to deliver the rubbish to their incinerator? Will that not impact on this newly designed roundabout of theirs? Methinks Tory Councillors speak with forked tongue. They build new houses on every strip of green in Basildon Town central, already starved of Greenery. Why would this be any different? Like he ever cared about green anything (Except Wickford Memorial park, and that is only to keep himself in office.) I wonder if Mrs "Casting Vote" is involved? No, this fair is extremely popular with the residents of Basildon, so he could not have a better reason to destroy it, and anything else he hates about our town! Horrible creature! Last Poster

4:01pm Wed 11 May 11

andyh says...

Be a pity if that boot sale ceases - it's the second best in this part of the county and the Dunton one is quite a bit further away. The Barleylands one will probably get most of the benefit and return towards its former "glory".

The location, however, would be a good one for a rehoming centre and the Dogs Trust (formerly NCDL) has a good reputation that avoids some of the worse aspects of the RSPCA. Such a centre would also, hopefully, drive a couple of very dubious kennels in the area out of business.
Be a pity if that boot sale ceases - it's the second best in this part of the county and the Dunton one is quite a bit further away. The Barleylands one will probably get most of the benefit and return towards its former "glory". The location, however, would be a good one for a rehoming centre and the Dogs Trust (formerly NCDL) has a good reputation that avoids some of the worse aspects of the RSPCA. Such a centre would also, hopefully, drive a couple of very dubious kennels in the area out of business. andyh

5:32pm Wed 11 May 11

Dawnie3 says...

Let's not forget it is humans who have caused the damage and created such massive homelessness to these dogs in the first place. I for one will be pleased to see Dog's Trust here. Afterall, they are only coming here, to this part of the country, as there is a need. So, all you who abused and have abandonded your dogs - you brought this on yourself. To all those who care - think of these wonderful creatures having shelter and a better life. Something they deserve.
Let's not forget it is humans who have caused the damage and created such massive homelessness to these dogs in the first place. I for one will be pleased to see Dog's Trust here. Afterall, they are only coming here, to this part of the country, as there is a need. So, all you who abused and have abandonded your dogs - you brought this on yourself. To all those who care - think of these wonderful creatures having shelter and a better life. Something they deserve. Dawnie3

10:02am Thu 12 May 11

WickfordR says...

This is a great idea.
Whenever there is a bootsale at this site the traffic is a nightmare, and there are numerous near misses with cars doing U-turns once they come out of the site. The sooner its stopped the better !!!
This is a great idea. Whenever there is a bootsale at this site the traffic is a nightmare, and there are numerous near misses with cars doing U-turns once they come out of the site. The sooner its stopped the better !!! WickfordR

5:11pm Sun 15 May 11

arthurphillips says...

I have just been on the basildon council planning site and viewed the proposed plans for this place and i think it is wonderful. Basildon Council have granted permission for the sporting village to be built and it looks like they are going to build on the ols swimming pool site. I therefore see no reason why anyone would object to these plans. After all. It is private land that already has businesses operating on it(Which currently look an eye sore). It will be nice to have a decent organisation putting in decent looking property and at the same time, reducing the need to put down many unwanted dogs each month. The plans have my vote. http://planning.basi
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I have just been on the basildon council planning site and viewed the proposed plans for this place and i think it is wonderful. Basildon Council have granted permission for the sporting village to be built and it looks like they are going to build on the ols swimming pool site. I therefore see no reason why anyone would object to these plans. After all. It is private land that already has businesses operating on it(Which currently look an eye sore). It will be nice to have a decent organisation putting in decent looking property and at the same time, reducing the need to put down many unwanted dogs each month. The plans have my vote. http://planning.basi ldon.gov.uk/PublicAc cess/tdc/DcApplicati on/application_detai lview.aspx?caseno=LK EKFXCQ32000&searchty pe=WEEKLY arthurphillips

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