OWNERS of controversial dog kennels in Corringham face being forced to pull down new buildings after a fractious meeting of Thurrock Council’s planning committee.
Emotions spilled over to such an extent in the public gallery that a security guard had to be called in.
Neighbours of Kynite Kennels have objected to the running of the kennels at 76 Fobbing Road and matters came to a head at last Thursday’s meeting of the planning committee when councillors decided they had little option but to take enforcement action against the site.
Last year the planning committee received two applications for development on the site both of which attracted opposition from neighbours who complained about the noise and both were withdrawn by the applicant, Jacqulynn Housden.
However, she and her husband Lee, have built new kennels on the site, prompting council officers to recommend the enforcement action.
Mr Housden told the committee that the primary use of the kennels had been brought to the site by the dog wardens and other kennels who could not cope with strays and he won sympathy from councillors for the work he and his wife do.
He told councillors that now the kennels were used just for their own dogs, not commercially though a website for the kennels remains active.
Residents received support from councillor Charlie Curtis, who said: “It’s a shame; this man is looking after 20 dogs,why should he be punished?”
The committee heard from resident Christina Pumfrey that the constant noise was becoming a real problem but she said she didn’t know if the kennels were now run commercially or not.