Animal shelter handed a Second Chance
PROTESTERS demonstrated outside Derby's Council House in support of an animal rescue centre facing closure last night.
And they were delighted when the city council's planning committee said the Second Chance Animal Rescue Centre, in Back Lane, Chellaston, could remain open.
Spot on: Sarah Smith, left, and Maz Bowring, and rescue dog Jack with his owner, Catherine Watson, outside Derby Council House in support of the Second Chance Animal Rescue Centre.
Jo Fairbrother set up the centre at her farm nearly three years ago but it was only last year she realised she needed planning permission, so she submitted a plan to the council.
It went before the authority's planning committee in June but officers recommended councillors refuse permission because of complaints about barking dogs.
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But a decision was deferred to allow councillors to visit the site after Mrs Fairbrother collected more than 250 names on petitions. A decision was finally made last night.
"We are so pleased," said Mrs Fairbrother. "We can start doing some repairs now we know we're going to be here for a while."