Protested dog training centre to open

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A DOG training centre is to be set up in Apuldram despite strong objection from residents.

The former Cedar Garden Centre, in Birdham Road, will be turned into a dog training centre and caravan storage despite Apuldram Parish Council and neighbours raising concerns including dogs barking, light pollution, creation of kennels and overnight caravan stays.

It was permitted by Chichester District Council’s planning committee on November 12 in line with the officer’s recommendation.

The applicant Keith O’Dell assured he would not use kennels or floodlights.

Councillor John Ridd said: “Occasional dog barking is an infuriating thing for the neighbour to have to put up with,”

Cllr Tricia Tull agreed that even ‘the odd dog barking’ was ‘extremely annoying’.

The centre will provide hydrotherapy and internal and external classes with up to eight dogs.

External training was proposed to take place between 10am and 7.30pm on weekday,s 10am and 5pm on Saturdays and 11am and 7pm on Sundays.

The committee agreed to restrict signage, training hours, and overnight stays in caravans.