Yes to wildlife group collections

A FELPHAM-based wildlife group has been given permission to make door-to-door collections.

The West Sussex Wildlife Protection Group received the approval for the occasional fundraising work.

But Arun District Council’s licensing and enforcement committee chairman said the organisation had to work closely with its officers.

Cllr Graham Tyler told the group’s founder, Simon Wild: “We have debated this long and hard. We are minded to grant the application.

“In granting this, we would seriously say you are going to be working very closely with our licensing officer, Peter Savage, and we would ask the officer to monitor this very closely because it is the first application to come before us.”

Mr Wild said the group would occasionally deliver leaflets to homes around Bognor Regis, Felpham and Rustington.

“We will be asking for unwanted books, bric-a-brac and jumble,” he said. “We will not be cold-calling anybody or knocking on any doors.”

The money raised would help the group’s free work with animals. These were usually foxes, badgers and deer.

Work with wildlife was also carried out for the police in Sussex as well as on the Isle of Wight.

Some of the removals of troublesome animals from locations involved repeated trips to cages in the group’s 4x4 vehicle, he said.

He stated: “We have logged 354 rescues since spring 2010 and we go back a lot further than that. We have been doing this for nearly 20 years now.”

Money was raised through donations of goods from the group’s supporters for sales. Mr Savage said the group would have to submit regular financial returns to the council.