Animal visitor centre plans turned down - again

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 May 2011

(click on image for larger view) Ollie Kent is hoping to be granted permission to build an Animal Farm Visitor Centre for kids in Mark, pictured with miniature horse Angelina.

(click on image for larger view) Ollie Kent is hoping to be granted permission to build an Animal Farm Visitor Centre for kids in Mark, pictured with miniature horse Angelina.


A GENEROUS Mark woman says she is ‘angry and upset’ after the council turned down her plans to create an animal visitor centre for disadvantaged children – for the third time.

The Mercury has previously reported how Ollie Kent had hoped to transform the field off Vole Road into a centre for youngsters suffering from conditions such as autism to visit and play with animals and plant vegetables.

But Sedgemoor District Council put the kibosh on the plan to finally make it a reality after officers decided to turn a revised proposal down on Monday.

The council said the proposed site would ‘encourage the parking of vehicles’ on Vole Road, while the toilet block would have a ‘detrimental’ effect on its surroundings – both reasons she refutes.

Mrs Kent has previously had two applications to add toilets, parking spaces, a path and a polytunnel put in rejected, but says she remains determined to realise her dream.

She said: “I’m angry and upset that it’s been turned down again. We would only have one minibus parking in the field, and the road is always full of cars whenever there is a cricket or football match, or anything at the village hall.

“I just want to be able to turn this field into something that children can come and enjoy, and this won’t stop me trying to do that.”

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