Seagulls’ Lancing plans spark animal welfare fears

Kay Stone with her horse Harley at the field
Kay Stone with her horse Harley at the field
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A PENSIONER who has kept animals on land near Mash Barn Lane for nearly two decades fears they will be made vulnerable by Brighton & Hove Albion’s proposed training ground.

Kay Stone, of Daniel Close, Lancing, has kept horses and goats on a field by land earmarked for the football club’s proposed training ground development since 1996.

Currently, she visits the animals several times a day to feed them, change their hay and make sure they are safe.

But if the training ground is built, Kay said she will no longer be able to use the same route to visit her animals, which will make them vulnerable.

It is 12 years since Kay and her horses appeared on the front page of the Lancing Herald after one of her ponies was stabbed in the eye.

Disruption

Speaking about learning of plans for a training ground and academy, Kay, 62, said: “I was absolutely sickened. It’s so peaceful and quiet there.

“It’s idyllic and lot of people walk on the field. There are joggers, horse riders, people out there bird watching.

“A lot of children and the elderly go there because it’s quite flat and accessible. This is on my doorstep and it’s going to seriously disrupt mine and other people’s lives if it goes ahead.”

Kate is currently able to walk a five-minute route through the field to her horses, which allows her to load a wheelbarrow with water and hay, among other things.

But if the development goes ahead, she said her route would be three times longer, and would make it hard to see them quickly.

Vulnerable

Because of the vulnerability of the animals and the need to visit them several times a day, Kay said it was essential she was close to them.

“It’s important to be able to get to them quickly and easily, because they’re vulnerable there,” Kay added.

The planning application is still due to come before Adur District Council’s planning committee.