December 5 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
North Devon responds with sympathy and anger after learning ‘wolfman’ Shaun Ellis and his pack will have to leave the area to find a new home.
THERE has been plenty of reaction after the Gazette revealed ‘wolfman’ Shaun Ellis will have to move out of North Devon or face having his pack put down.
It followed news he was withdrawing a planning application for his Wolf Centre and seven timber wolves at Newberry Farm in Combe Martin because of complaints from a neighbour and the likelihood North Devon Council would refuse permission.
The council’s planning committee was to decide the application today (Wednesday), after a scheduled site visit on Thursday, but the recommendation was for refusal.
Planning manager Mike Kelly said the council had been notified of the withdrawal by the applicant’s agent at the end of July and that the enclosure would be removed from the site.
“However, a timescale for this hasn’t been set yet and the planning authority has been asked to be patient, as there are animal welfare issues involved. Further discussions with the agent will take place to confirm this,” he added.
Readers responded on the Gazette Facebook page, with Popsikull Nuwt saying: “This will be a great LOSS to North Devon. Council need their heads read!”
Dave Hart added: “I think this council need to step back and look at North Devon with a bigger view. North Devon is becoming a retirement centre where people have nothing better to do but moan. I think the council forget we are a major holiday destination and they rely far too heavily on our golden coasts.”
Mr Ellis told the Gazette: “From our point of view it’s a great shame and it re-emphasises the support we have had since we’ve been here, not just from the public but the media too.
“We have found a couple of locations we can move to, but the biggest hurdle for us is finance. Finding the right location is imperative, particularly with the stipulation that wherever we go, we are going to have to talk to the planning people.”
Anyone willing to help finance moving the wolves can contact Shaun Ellis via www.thewolfcentre.co.uk or call 07583 891332.