Barnet Borough Council promises to 'take action' to help flooded Belmont Children's Farm

Council promises to 'take action' to help flooded farm

Goats take shelter from the rain

A pair of alpacas are led to safety at Belmont Children's Farm

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The council has promised to take “action as necessary” to help a children’s farm that was flooded after a pond burst its banks.

Belmont Children’s Farm in The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, has been forced to move animals away from the nearby pond which has expanded by three metres due to recent rainfall.

But staff were angered when both the Environment Agency and Barnet Borough Council failed to give them advice on how to manage the excess water.

The council has since said it is in contact with the farm and will take appropriate action.

A spokeswoman for the authority said: “The council is taking its role as a Lead Local Flood Authority seriously and is actively monitoring all potential flooding in the borough. It is monitoring all watercourses to ensure they are clear and not obstructing the flow of water.

“We will of course provide support to residents affected by flooding where these watercourses are our responsibility.”

The farm has moved several species of animals away from the pond, including alpacas, goats and deer.

The Environment Agency has said: “We are responsible for managing flood risk from main rivers and the sea. The flooding to the pond at Belmont Children’s farm is simply a result of rain falling on ground that is already saturated due to the high volumes of rainfall since December 2013.”

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4:39pm Thu 13 Feb 14

MillHillian says...

Is this the illegally located farm that does not have planning permission?
Perhaps they should have moved the animals when the Planning Inspector turned down their appeal.
Is this the illegally located farm that does not have planning permission? Perhaps they should have moved the animals when the Planning Inspector turned down their appeal. MillHillian
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6:50am Fri 14 Feb 14

Mr. Datchery says...

MillHillian wrote:
Is this the illegally located farm that does not have planning permission?
Perhaps they should have moved the animals when the Planning Inspector turned down their appeal.
Belmont Farm was granted planning permission last year,

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It provides a useful educational asset and, as I know from personal experience is much loved by children, probably more than can be said of you and similar would- be killjoys.
Moreover anybody who knows anything about the history of Mill Hill would realise that, apart perhaps from some of the the more exotic animals, it harks back to the area's past.
[quote][p][bold]MillHillian[/bold] wrote: Is this the illegally located farm that does not have planning permission? Perhaps they should have moved the animals when the Planning Inspector turned down their appeal.[/p][/quote]Belmont Farm was granted planning permission last year, /www.london.gov.uk/s ites/default/files/p lanning_decisions-be lmont_farm_the_ridge way_mill_hill_final_ decision.pdf It provides a useful educational asset and, as I know from personal experience is much loved by children, probably more than can be said of you and similar would- be killjoys. Moreover anybody who knows anything about the history of Mill Hill would realise that, apart perhaps from some of the the more exotic animals, it harks back to the area's past. Mr. Datchery
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8:52am Fri 14 Feb 14

MillHillian says...

The location of the children’s farm that was granted planning permission is completely different from the existing one and nowhere near the pond. The current location does not have planning permission.
If Belmont farm want publicity they should find a more appropriate way and pay for it themselves.
Can someone also explain why our council are getting involved and why our council tax should be used to help?
The location of the children’s farm that was granted planning permission is completely different from the existing one and nowhere near the pond. The current location does not have planning permission. If Belmont farm want publicity they should find a more appropriate way and pay for it themselves. Can someone also explain why our council are getting involved and why our council tax should be used to help? MillHillian
  • Score: -1

10:40am Fri 14 Feb 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

Isn't this the farm whose owner has been in frequent legal dispute with the Council, costing local taxpayers a fortune?

I hope the council's "appropriate action" is simply to say "Tough!"
Isn't this the farm whose owner has been in frequent legal dispute with the Council, costing local taxpayers a fortune? I hope the council's "appropriate action" is simply to say "Tough!" Edgar de Jarnac
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10:55am Fri 14 Feb 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

". . . probably more than can be said of you and similar would-be killjoys." You won't win any support for your point of view with such gratuitous insults, Mr Bitchery.

And what do you mean by "Moreover anybody who knows anything about the history of Mill Hill would realise that, apart perhaps from some of the the more exotic animals, it harks back to the area's past." The Mill Hill area's past is as an important centre for growing hay to fuel the horses that hauled London’s cabs, carriages and carts. Do you have evidence that its past involved the farming of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, goats, pigs, rabbits and deer, or any of the other less than exotic animals that can be seen in the kiddies' farm?
". . . probably more than can be said of you and similar would-be killjoys." You won't win any support for your point of view with such gratuitous insults, Mr Bitchery. And what do you mean by "Moreover anybody who knows anything about the history of Mill Hill would realise that, apart perhaps from some of the the more exotic animals, it harks back to the area's past." The Mill Hill area's past is as an important centre for growing hay to fuel the horses that hauled London’s cabs, carriages and carts. Do you have evidence that its past involved the farming of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, goats, pigs, rabbits and deer, or any of the other less than exotic animals that can be seen in the kiddies' farm? Edgar de Jarnac
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10:26am Mon 17 Feb 14

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

Is this farm still owned by the former Deputy Chair of Hendon Conservative Party?
Is this farm still owned by the former Deputy Chair of Hendon Conservative Party? Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog
  • Score: -1

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