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  • Richard C
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1224989/Tony-Cherie-Blairs-guest-house-plans-foiled-colony-rare-bats.html Tony and Cherie Blair s guest house plans
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 4, 2009
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      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1224989/Tony-Cherie-Blairs-guest-house-plans-foiled-colony-rare-bats.html

      "Tony and Cherie Blair's guest house plans are foiled by a colony of rare bats

      By Emily Andrews

      Tony & Cherie Blair have had planning permission to build a guest house in the grounds denied

      Tony and Cherie Blair have had planning permission to build a guest house in the grounds denied

      They have amassed a £12million property portfolio, causing much neighbourly disquiet along the way.

      But now Tony and Cherie Blair have finally met their match.

      Their latest project to transform a derelict gardener's cottage on their palatial country estate has run into trouble after it was discovered a rare colony of bats live there.

      The former prime minister and his wife want to turn it into a two-bedroom, two-bathroom house for guests at their £5.75million Buckinghamshire estate.

      Their application to Ayslebury Vale district council stalled after brown long-eared and pipistrelle bats were found there.

      Bats are protected under law and it is an offence to destroy their breeding sites and resting places or even deliberately disturb them.

      Ecological consultants were called in and told the Blairs they must make their plans more bat-friendly.

      This includes allowing the bats access to the roof space, constructing a feeding birch in the garden and growing special foliage in the garden.

      It raises the prospect of bats nesting in the attic of the guest house, and disturbing high-profile visitors with droppings.

      A source said: `The bats lived in the property long before the Blairs had anything to do with it.

      `They are actually quite rare and there are rules about what can and cannot be done to their habitats...'"

      Richard in London
    • Cynthia Myers
      Thanks for sharing that story, Richard. I wish we had the same laws here in the US! Cindy Myers Fallbrook CA www.BatWorld.org home.earthlink.net/~cmsquare ^..^
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 4, 2009
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        Thanks for sharing that story, Richard. I wish we had the same laws here
        in the US!

        Cindy Myers
        Fallbrook CA

        www.BatWorld.org
        home.earthlink.net/~cmsquare
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        Subject: [BATS_] Bats before Blairs


        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1224989/Tony-Cherie-Blairs-guest
        -house-plans-foiled-colony-rare-bats.html

        "Tony and Cherie Blair's guest house plans are foiled by a colony of
        rare bats

        By Emily Andrews

        Tony & Cherie Blair have had planning permission to build a guest house
        in the grounds denied

        Tony and Cherie Blair have had planning permission to build a guest
        house in the grounds denied

        They have amassed a £12million property portfolio, causing much
        neighbourly disquiet along the way.

        But now Tony and Cherie Blair have finally met their match.

        Their latest project to transform a derelict gardener's cottage on their
        palatial country estate has run into trouble after it was discovered a
        rare colony of bats live there.

        The former prime minister and his wife want to turn it into a
        two-bedroom, two-bathroom house for guests at their £5.75million
        Buckinghamshire estate.

        Their application to Ayslebury Vale district council stalled after brown
        long-eared and pipistrelle bats were found there.

        Bats are protected under law and it is an offence to destroy their
        breeding sites and resting places or even deliberately disturb them.

        Ecological consultants were called in and told the Blairs they must make
        their plans more bat-friendly.

        This includes allowing the bats access to the roof space, constructing a
        feeding birch in the garden and growing special foliage in the garden.

        It raises the prospect of bats nesting in the attic of the guest house,
        and disturbing high-profile visitors with droppings.

        A source said: `The bats lived in the property long before the Blairs
        had anything to do with it.

        `They are actually quite rare and there are rules about what can and
        cannot be done to their habitats...'"

        Richard in London
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