‘Relief’ as animal centre plans approved

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 January 2013

Ollie Kent (r) with Sammy and grand mother Jill at an open day at the centre last year

Ollie Kent (r) with Sammy and grand mother Jill at an open day at the centre last year

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A WOMAN from Mark is looking forward to welcoming disadvantaged youngsters to her animal visitor centre on a permanent basis, after winning the final stage of a lengthy planning battle.

Ollie Kent has battled for more than three years to turn her field off Vole Road into a centre for children and adults to play with farm animals.

And despite winning temporary permission to do so last year, she had to apply again to reopen it on a permanent basis in the face of opposition from the parish council.

On January 15 councillors at Sedgemoor District Council approved her plans to continue the venture on a permanent basis.

Mark Parish Council had objected to Ms Kent’s application, saying it would lead to traffic issues.

The centre, which features animals including miniature horses, lambs, goats and other farmyard creatures, will be visited by children from charities and organisations such as bibic and Barnardo’s, while it will now also be open to people from Mark.

Ms Kent said: “I’m relieved, it’s been going for so long now. I’m just looking forward to welcoming people here.”


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