Happy Pants Ranch animal sanctuary in Sittingbourne hit by new row of rubble

The beleaguered Happy Pants Ranch animal sanctuary has now been singled out for rubble.

Owner Amey James and his partner Phil Greenhalgh used hardcore to reach and feed the 450 animals scattered around their 20-acre site in Bobbing near Sittingbourne.

Challenged and hardcore rubble at Happy Pants Ranch animal sanctuary in Bobbing, Sittingbourne

But Environment Agency inspectors were warned and paid a surprise visit in October.

They found that the bricks and concrete also contained “large volumes” of plastic bottles and packaging, wire, electrical equipment and metal unlike the sanctuary’s U1 waste exemption certificate.

When inspectors returned in November, they found that the illegal items still had not been removed and said there was a risk of ground and surface water pollution.

They also witnessed the illegal burning of manure and blanket and offered advice on the safe storage of slurry.

They also demanded to see the waste transfer notes and said they were told transporters were allowed to dump waste at the Iwade Road site, Bobbing, without this being verified.

Founder Amey James with Roosters at The Happy Pants Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Iwade Lane, Bobbing
Founder Amey James with Roosters at The Happy Pants Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Iwade Lane, Bobbing

Ms James admitted that some of the hardcore had been tainted and was “not as clean as it should have been” but said she planned to remove unauthorized items.

She added, “It wasn’t our fault. We’ve had so much to do. It’s endless. We continue to be reported to authorities.

“We are now taking legal advice to see if we have a harassment case.

“There have been a series of malicious calls about us since we arrived on January 15 of last year. They complained about the smoke from our bonfires, the sound of our cows and roosters and our upsetting newts. Yet we are in the middle. of 20 hectares.

“We’re not bothering anyone. We’re just trying to make homes for the animals. I wish people who complained would leave us alone.”

Challenged and hardcore rubble at Happy Pants Ranch animal sanctuary in Bobbing, Sittingbourne
Challenged and hardcore rubble at Happy Pants Ranch animal sanctuary in Bobbing, Sittingbourne
Amey James, founder of Happy Pants Ranch animal sanctuary, in the mud when she first took over the 20-acre site at Iwade Road, Bobbing a year ago
Amey James, founder of Happy Pants Ranch animal sanctuary, in the mud when she first took over the 20-acre site at Iwade Road, Bobbing a year ago

The rubble was deposited so that volunteers could reach animals, such as cattle and chickens, without having to wade through the mud.

Ms James said: “Some ended up in mud up to their knees. There are still rubber boots stuck at the site.”

The sanctuary, which takes care of 450 animals including 19 pigs, seven dogs, 28 cats, 34 turtles and turtles, a herd of 40 geese and ducks, nearly 100 hens and roosters, nine cows, 15 sheep, 17 goats, two emus, 32 guinea pigs, three snakes, two lizards, six ponies, a peacock and 50 goldfish, was plagued by bureaucracy.

He is fighting Swale’s planners to change the status of his farmland to a wildlife sanctuary and his cows and roosters have been given notice from the council’s environmental health team to shut up after complaints from neighbors.

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