12th March 2002






Cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, monkeys, reptiles and other assorted creatures could find a new home at Riseholme if plans for a university animal centre are given the go-ahead by councillors.


West Lindsey District Council will decide in the coming weeks whether to grant planning permission for the University of Lincoln to develop a new equine centre and small animals unit at Riseholme Park.


The facility, comprising an animal and equine building, a horse treadmill, stables, barns, indoor and outdoor arenas and kennels, would allow the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture to offer courses at Riseholme which are currently run at the Caythorpe campus.


Programmes using the new facilities would include Animal Science, Animal Management and Welfare, Conservation Biology, Equine Science and Equine Sports Science.


The main academic building would incorporate generic academic teaching space, a small animals unit, a dog training and demonstration area, behaviour clinic, aviary / external monkey enclosure, insect room, academic office, staff room / overnight residence, reception / security room and changing areas.


The land earmarked for the development is to the east of the existing sports hall and horticultural area which provides good access and sufficient space to fulfil the university’s academic requirements.


Work on the development is expected to begin next month, subject to planning permission, and the facility is scheduled for completion by September 2002, when equine and animal care courses will relocate from Caythorpe to Riseholme.


Councillors hope to reach a decision on the £2 million scheme by 10th April 2002.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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