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21st July 2019

New centre for Blue Cross


Leading pet charity, Blue Cross, is submitting a planning application to Babergh District Council for a new rehoming centre and pet care clinic for Suffolk’s pets in Wherstead.

bluexDisused farmland, known as Clock Fields and opposite the Suffolk Ski and Leisure Park, has been identified as a possible new location for the charity to deliver a high quality, service to help double the number of pets in need currently cared for at the existing site in Walton, Felixstowe. The charity’s initial investigations are promising so the Blue Cross team has been working on a planning application which they plan to submit shortly.

The new centre is an ambitious project for the charity, but an important one, as many pets continue to face an uncertain future and the current Blue Cross site is no longer fit for purpose. Blue Cross has pledged it is committed to staying in the area and will to keep supporters up to date with developments as the planning application progresses, but stresses it is too early to predict an outcome at this stage. In the meantime, the Felixstowe rehoming centre is as busy as ever and the team has found happy new homes for over 350 dogs and cats in the last year.

Highlights:
Location – the proposed site is part of land known as Clock Fields. It is at the junction of the A14 and A137 in Wherstead.
Bigger site – the Clock Fields site is eight times bigger than the current Blue Cross site in Walton, at four acres instead of just 0.5
Dog exercise – the new site has access to woodland for exercising dogs. There are no dedicated dog exercise facilities at the current site.
New facilities – the new site will be a centre of excellence, providing modern animal welfare facilities and services not available at the current centre:

i. a high quality service to help double the number of pets in need currently cared for at the existing site
ii. a better admissions area for a thorough assessment of dogs and cats when they arrive
iii. an isolation area to prevent the spread of disease, like kennel cough or cat flu
iv. puppy and kitten facility for nursing mothers and their litters
v. a clinical suite, so Blue Cross can treat and neuter animals on site

Greater reach – the new location will allow the charity to continue helping animals in Felixstowe and Ipswich but also cover more of Suffolk and parts of Essex

Good transport – there are good road links to the new site and room for visitors’ parking and cycles.

The full planning application will be available to view on the Babergh District Council website. For more information and updates on our ambitious plans to help more pets in Suffolk, visit www.bluecross.org.uk/felixstowe

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