HORSE CARE, RIDING and SANCTUARIES
In November of 1997 I heard about a distressing case, where the stables belonging to a horse sanctuary had been bulldozed by Wealden District Council.
The owners of the stables were in a dreadful state, shell shocked and at their wits end. They had not only lost their stables and had to re-house the animals in their care, but they also had a planning appeal set down as a Public Enquiry for the 2nd and 3rd December 1997.
The problem with this appeal, was that nobody would take the case, it being seemingly hopeless. The council had argued that with the buildings gone, the appeal was invalid. The planning inspectorate had allowed the appeal, after a local man, Chester Hudson, had driven to Bristol at his own expense to personally hand in appeal forms. We are grateful to Mr Hudson for this generous act, without which all would have been lost. The fact is this area of Sussex needed a sanctuary.
Nelson Kruschandl - volunteer layperson
In preceding years, I had gained some insight into the planning system, from my own experience and from listening to other locals about their cases. As there was nobody else to take the case, the owners had nothing to lose if I conducted the appeal. So it was that on the 24th November 97, I took over the running as a volunteer - with just 5 working days to prepare.
After one very hectic day reading and sorting evidence, I managed to post bundles to the Inspectorate and deliver a copy to the local authority, to keep to strict timetables. The photocopier had never been so glad to see the back of me.
The inquiry was duly heard and the rest is history. On 13th February the Decision Letter was received confirming nine stables would be appropriate for the location. A planning application followed and the stables were finally rebuilt. The links below are to archive web pages posted on the internet, when it was discovered that the local authority still would not leave this facility alone. It seems the adverse publicity may have stopped future harassment, for which I am grateful, since this matter took up a disproportionate amount of time. The website has since been taken down and I have no further involvement with the sanctuary, having served my purpose. You may however find the information useful if you are having planning difficulties. NK
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HORSE SANCTUARY ON ROYAL AGENDA - March 2006
Camilla Dutchess of Cornwall
A visit to a sanctuary for mistreated horses was on the agenda for
Prince Charles and his wife as they continued their tour of Egypt.
Duchess of Cornwall, who has a strong interest in horses, had asked for
a trip to the Brooke Hospital in Cairo to be included in their visit.
fed a carrot to one white Arabian horse, prompting Charles to say:
"Your first carrot, darling." The horse had leg sores
from rope burns as it carried tourists to the Pyramids.
Maltreatment by its owner had left it close to death, but it has been
nursed at the clinic since arriving a fortnight ago.
Camilla fed several animals at the Cairo sanctuary
Camilla had attended a fundraising event for the charity in Aberdeen in 2004, and Charles visited a Luxor clinic in 1995. Lady Hilary Weir, chairman of the trustees for the charity, said: "[Camilla] said she really was moved and wanted to lend her support. "She was fantastic. They understand horses so it means something to them."
were 53 horses in the clinic's ward, with many injured in collisions
with Cairo's traffic. The day before, Prince Charles had given a speech
at Al-Azhar University in the city, calling for greater respect between
religions. He said his "heart is heavy from... never-ending death
and destruction" in the world. Charles was also awarded an honorary
degree by the university.
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