‘Niche’ pet crem sparks fears over rats and flies blighting neighbourhood

PUBLISHED: 06:02 13 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 pet crematorium could open in Yatton – but neighbours hope the project is scrapped amid fears it will jeopardise their health and safety.

Yatton Parish Council debated the proposal at its meeting held in Hangstones Pavilion.Yatton Parish Council debated the proposal at its meeting held in Hangstones Pavilion.

Homeowners living in Wemberham Lane are concerned it could scar children and leave the neighbourhood smelling disgusting, but Yatton Parish Council is in favour of the ‘niche’ business opening.

Portishead-based Pet Angels Parlour wants to convert a storage area into an animal incineration facility and applicant Helen Lloyd said it would only deal with ‘a few pets’ each day. Animals would be cremated within 48 hours of arriving at the plant and they would be stored in a freezer while awaiting cremation.

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 tjhe health and wellbeing of not just my children but my neighbours’ children.”

Crematoriums must adhere to strict restrictions over emissions but it has not alleviated concerns.

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

Yatton Parish Council voted last week at Hangstones Pavilion in favour of recommending North Somerset grants planning permission.

Clerk Aleana Baird said: “Councillors considered it was a niche business in the parish providing a new service for pet owners, though its recommendation to support the application was subject to all the environmental stipulations of DEFRA and North Somerset Council being fulfilled.”


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