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Venue: Digital Meeting via Microsoft Teams
Contact: Rebecca Barrett
Introduction and Recording Arrangements.
The Chair welcomed all those in attendance and introductions were made. The Chair reminded those present that the meeting was being recorded and would be made available following the meeting via the Council’s website – Click Here to View
Apologies for Absence.
There were no apologies for absence.
Declarations of Interest.
There were no
declarations of interest made at the beginning or during the course of the
The Legal Advisor to the Sub Committee outlined the procedure for the meeting, including
the order of representations and the opportunities for all parties to ask
Mrs Sandra Lewis-Williams (Senior Licensing Officer) presented the
report and outlined the application submitted by Miss Angelique Thomas and Mrs
Jennie Thomas, trading as Springfield Boarding Kennels and Cattery, Penpedairheol Farm, Pontllanfraith for the renewal of an
Animal Boarding Establishment licence.
Upon application to renew its licence for 2022, the applicant submitted
a request for the Council to depart from the guidance for 3.3.4 of its adopted
conditions of licence for the purposes of Commercial Dog Boarding Kennels. Condition 3.3.4 specifically relates to the
provision of communal exercise areas within a commercial dog boarding
establishment, which states that “Communal facilities must not be used by more
than one dog at any one time unless they are from the same household”.
Mrs Lewis-Williams highlighted that Caerphilly Council licence 3
different types of animal boarding establishments, namely Commercial Boarding,
Commercial Day Boarding and Home Boarding.
Currently, Commercial Boarding is the one boarding type that does not
allow use of a communal facility by more than one dog unless from the same
The Sub Committee were advised that following advice from the Council’s
vet, and Officers carrying out an inspection at the premises, Licensing are of
the view that, subject to the 13 additional conditions being added to the
licence, the applicants will be able provide a safe and secure environment for
boarding dogs to take part in communal group exercise area. Members were therefore referred to the
recommendation set out in the Licensing Officer’s report, which recommended that subject to
confirmation of compliance with recommended conditions as suggested by the
council’s vet, the application for the licence to keep an
Animal Boarding Establishment and departure from condition 3.3.4 be approved.
All parties were afforded the opportunity to ask questions of
Licensing. Clarification was sought in
relation to feedback from other local authorities who run kennels in this
way. Mrs Lewis-Williams advised feedback
has been received and if kennels in other authorities are permitted to allow
communal exercise areas, they must be boarding at the kennels and must be
allocated their own kennels. The Legal
Advisor sought clarification on the degree of involvement from the vet in
making their recommendation, including if the vet undertook a site visit and if
he was aware of the exercise area dimensions being proposed. Mrs Lewis-Williams explained that the
proposals had been relayed to the vet, and whilst he had not carried out a site
inspection, all the necessary information had been provided to the vet, who
then suggested additional conditions that were included in the Licensing report.
Representations were then invited from the applicant, Miss Angelique Thomas, who summarised her application and explained the reason she was seeking removal of condition number 3.3.4 was to allow her business to provide a better enrichment and socialisation experience for the dogs during their stay. She explained that over the past ... view the full minutes text for item 3.