'Ridiculous' plan to burn dead pets next to homes angers neighbours

PUBLISHED: 06:10 12 July 2017

The pet crematorium plan has stoked concerns from neighbours.

The pet crematorium plan has stoked concerns from neighbours.

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A 'ridiculous' plan to cremate pets near family homes in Yatton has been slammed by its potential neighbours who say their health and safety would be put at risk.

Homeowners living in Wemberham Lane are concerned it could scar children and leave the neighbourhood smelling disgusting.

Their comments come after a planning application was submitted to North Somerset Council to convert a storage area into an animal incineration facility by Portishead-based Pet Angels Parlour.

Applicant Helen Lloyd said only ‘a few pets’ would be cremated each day and all the animals would be cremated within 48 hours of arriving at the plant.

They would be stored in a freezer while awaiting cremation and the facility would be run from 9am-6pm every day, bar Sunday.

Crematoriums must adhere to strict restrictions over emissions but concerns over the scheme have been raised by those living nearby.

Tom Phillips, in his submission to North Somerset Council, said: “We live within 50m of the proposed building with two very young children who enjoy playing in our garden, directly next to the proposed building is another family with three young children who also play in their garden.

“The thought and smell of dead animals being burnt so close to young families is ridiculous – would you want a crematorium in effectively your garden?

“Please consider the smell, air pollution, the potential sight of dead animals on my young children. This is too close to families.

“I wouldn’t have an issue if the proposed site was 250m further up the lane as I understand this needs to be done, but this is too close for health and wellbeing of not just my children but my neighbours’ children.”

Concerns over diseases have also been raised.

Fellow objector Matthew Beassant said: “As we live in a semi-rural location, we already have a higher than average number of flies and rats around us, our fear is that this business will increase the problem.”

Pet Angels however says it is taking measures to ‘manage the risk of increased numbers of flies’.

North Somerset Council will make the final planning permission call.

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