Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 3°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Battisford: Decision on whether man should keep some believed 400-500 parrots to go before committee

10:07 07 July 2014

A group of residents are unhappy about parrots in their village

A group of residents are unhappy about parrots in their village

Archant

The decision on whether some believed 400-500 parrots should be kept at a property will be made at a committee hearing after neighbours expressed serious concerns.

A group of residents in Battisford, near Stowmarket, are demanding action as a retrospective application to house the birds and some gun dogs to the rear of a home in Straight Road is considered.

Councillors at a parish council meeting heard claims that homes were losing value and neighbours were struggling to sleep for five years because of the alleged noise.

Patricia Godden, district councillor for the village, has now moved to have the application, made by Peter Hammond, to be heard by a committee rather than through a planning officer.

“Mr Hammond and his birds – I mean he has his reasons for having them, he claims they are his pets and they may well be but I feel it’s rather inappropriate to keep them in a residential area, but it’s up to the committee to decide what to do about it,” she said.

“It will go before the committee because I feel that the committee is full of people who sit regularly with a lot of them having done it for many years so they know what they are talking about.

“Sometimes you need to look at the rules and regulations and other times you have to put yourself in peoples’ shoes and how it marries up with the rules and regulations.”

Mr Hammond has declined to speak about the matter.

Philip Isbell, Mid Suffolk District Council’s corporate manager for development management, said: “We have a planning application currently under consideration which was received following an enforcement investigation. The ward member has requested that this be reported to committee in due course.

“We are currently consulting on the application and considering a number of noise and planning issues. It isn’t appropriate to comment further at this stage.”

2 comments

  • Shame not all the parrots are believed. I believe them. Anway, fabulously written headline and opening para. Once again pushing the boundaries of coherent writing and accepted standards of grammar. A Pulitzer (Google it) beckons. Surely Lower Brook Street can't keep this level of journalistic quality going? Surely someone will step in and say . . . we ought to try a bit harder to be professional and maintain the standards that made the EADT and Evening Star respected? Nah, let's not bother. No-one even reads the comments the punters make online anyway. Back to sleep everyone, I've got a press release to top and tail. Night-night.

    Report this comment

    Stow Chronicler

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • I bet this results in one selfish neighbour winning. Even one parrot is too loud.

    Report this comment

    richie w

    Monday, July 7, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The We Love Bury St Edmunds supporters photo bomb the statue of St Edmund celebrating over a year since the group was born - founder James Sheen

Andy Abbott reports on how Facebook group “We Love Bury St Edmunds” has brought thousands of people together from across the globe.

Emma King from Ipswich  died from leaukemia aged 17. Left to right, Emma's step-sister Jamie Green, her mother Kathy King and step-father Shaun Green.

The mother of a brave Ipswich teenager who died of a rare form of leukaemia at the age of 17 says she ‘always had a smile on her face’.

Ex Royal Air Force Serviceman Richard Philpotts, of Stowmarket, Suffolk was sentenced on 16 January 2017 to three years’ imprisonment following conviction in relation to a single victim of one offence of indecent assault on a child below the age of 14, committed between 1986 and 1987.

A former RAF corporal and scout master has been jailed at a court martial for three years for the sexual abuse of a boy scout more than 30 years ago in Germany.

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 18, 2017. See PA story POLITICS PMQs May. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

People must take flood warnings seriously, the Prime Minister has said after the region was put on high alert over a tidal surge last week.

A120 at Marks Tey

A potential new dualled A120 route between Braintree and Marks Tey will cost between £475million and £825m, it was announced yesterday.

Campaigner Jill Reece on the barrow crossing at Halesworth Station.

Work will be carried out next week to install gates at a station crossing on the east Suffolk rail line after campaigners fought off moves to close it.

The launch of the trial at Sudbury fire station

Lives have been saved as a result of a pilot scheme which has seen cardiac arrest emergencies in parts of the county dealt with by firefighters.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24