It’s D-Day for future of Portsmouth dog boarding firm

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D-DAY is looming for a Portsmouth dog-boarding business that could be closed in a row over noise.

Ken and Karen’s Dog Services, in Copnor, will find out on Wednesday when the planning application to turn their house into the business will either be accepted or rejected.

If it is rejected, co-founder Karen Standen, has said they will ‘fight till the bitter end’.

As previously reported, Karen and her husband started receiving noise complaints from neighbours who said the dogs barked for hours on end.

Portsmouth City Council told Karen she had to apply for planning permission to continue with her business.

Karen said: ‘The whole experience has been very stressful and the decision is an important one.

‘We have no choice but to fight because this is our livelihood and we will fight till the bitter end.

‘I look after my husband who is ill. Without the business I couldn’t look after him and have a job so we would have to apply for welfare.’

She added: ‘We don’t want to have to do that so we will continue fighting.

‘So far, we have had to down-size the business to reduce what little noise there was and that was a big sacrifice because we weren’t on that much before.’

The dog boarding business is in New Road and 17 objections have been made to the council.

These include unacceptable noise and disturbance and increased levels of dog mess.

But Karen’s customers have been supporting her through it.

She added: ‘My customers have been great.

‘They have written to the council supporting me and have been understanding when changes have had to be made.

‘Councillor Jason Fazackarley has also shown us lots of support.’