Beaver Water World owner gives update on when its hundreds of animals will be moved – and where the new site is

September 13, 2017
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The owners of Beaver Water World have revealed that they are in the “final stages” of securing a new permanent site – and confirmed that it will be staying in the Tandridge district.

Hundreds of animals have faced an uncertain future for months after the zoo was served an eviction notice last September.

Landlord Beaver Branch Enterprises initially told the charity it needed to leave the site on Waylands Farm, in Tatsfield, by mid-December 2016 before extending the agreement until the end of March 2017, putting all the creatures in danger of being put down if they could not be re-homed.

The attraction is due to stay open at the site it has been at for 36 years until November 5, with the managing director revealing she is in the “final stages” of securing a lease for a new location in the same district.

Stella Quayle, managing director at the zoo, said: “We are still in limbo for now, but we are in the process of finalising the terms for the new site subject to council approval.

“I can’t say exactly where the new location is at this stage because we have not secured the lease, but it is in a very nice location near a plant and tree nursery and the planning comes under Tandridge District Council.

“It is between our current site and East Grinstead, but is still in Tandridge.

“The landlord wants us and we want to go there to avoid having to move the animals twice.”

Stella Quayle with some of the zoo's feathered residents

Stella Quayle with some of the zoo’s feathered residents

Ms Quayle said she hopes the council will approve Beaver Water World’s application before the November closing date and added that while an exact moving date can’t be confirmed yet, she “hopes to glean” the council’s choice in the next few days.

“We do have a zoo inspection on Friday (September 15) so I am hoping I might be able to glean whether it is a yes or a no [by the council to the new site] then,” she explained.

“The closing date has come around so quickly but councils have a tendency to do things at their own pace.”

Beaver Water World still needs to raise a lot of money to cover the cost of building the new site and adding extra facilities.

A Go Fund Me page was set up last September with a goal of raising £500,000 to keep the animal rescue centre open, but only £6,000 has been raised so far.

Ms Quayle and the team are still appealing for donations to be made to the page, as well as for help with rehoming the animals and relocating the equipment.

You can visit the fundraising page at https://www.gofundme.com/2rsevxg4 .

Anyone who can provide help with re-homing can fill out a form at http://www.beaverwaterworld.com/can-help-us/

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/beaver-water-world-owner-gives-13606831


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