The people behind the project of 10 “houses for cats” in the garden denounce the negative reactions

People behind a plan to build a cattery in their Cheshire backyard have said they were forced to call the police after being abused by people opposed to the plan. The offer to build 10 units to house the cats at Shavington House was submitted last month.

But since then, the applicants claim to have been subjected to abuse, in particular to having been insulted and insulted. They said their daughter had been frightened by the actions of some opposed to the plan and had to call the police.

The plan, for a house in Weston Lane in the village, would see timber-framed ‘cat houses’ built in the garden with outdoor exercise areas. The plaintiffs breed Maine Coon cats and plan to sell the kittens.

Objections to the plans included complaints that it would “destroy the character” of the village. Other objections suggested that this would lead to an increase in “vermin”.

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But the petitioners have now responded to the concerns and said they should involve the police. They alleged that residents called them offensive names, swore at them and scared their daughter.

An example of one of the cat houses

A statement sent to Cheshire Live Jess Beckwith, who lives at the property with her husband, daughter and elderly relative, said: “We are registered Maine Coon breeders (we are also in the process of obtaining a licence, which was requested and we have an inspection next week).

“We have won countless awards for our care and dedication to the breed. Our kittens do not contribute to the rescue population (to which we donate each month) as our kittens are neutered before they leave us, and our contract states that any cat should come back to us if the owner cannot keep it, instead of going to the rescue. Our kittens are born and raised inside our home, as part of our family.

“Regarding the app – unfortunately some of the reviews and reports are incredibly biased. We fully appreciate this is a large space, but it has been kept within the height limits. It represents considerably less than 50% of our garden space.

“The cats have bedtime curfews and soundproofing so there are no noise issues, they are fed indoors, using covered feeders, so that there are no pest/vermin issues We have weekly collection by a licensed waste collector so there are no waste issues, we use a courier to limit the number of cars (a courier collects each litter of kittens and delivers them to their new homes across the country). Our home is not open to the public.

“We also have security, but no security lighting, so there is no light pollution, and the numbers given in some answers are incredibly inaccurate. We have expanded the space to give more space to cats, not so that there are more cats. The cat tracks cannot be seen from the road, they do not impact the local wildlife (in fact, we add planters and plants without danger to cats to encourage more butterflies/bees etc.), and they are no bigger than many boarding catteries that are home based.”

She said she and her husband had been “transparent” with the community from the start of the project. But things had turned sour.

“Since then unfortunately the police have been involved as we have been called horrible names, sworn at and our daughter has been scared.”

But she added: “Fortunately, we have also received many cards and letters of support, as well as kind comments on our candidacy which have meant the world to us during this process.”

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