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Ape hospital gets massive support

Daily Echo

LETTERS in support of a new animal hospital for Monkey World have flooded in from the public.

The founders of the acclaimed rescue centre and sanctuary have been inundated with messages from people backing the proposal to build the much-needed facility.

They state that the "overwhelming and heartfelt" response from the public is on a par with that received after the dramatic rescue of Trudy the chimp from Mary Chipperfield in 1998.

Since the Daily Echo reported the couple's frustration at seeing their application for the hospital deferred by Purbeck planners, more than 250 hand-written letters have landed on their doormat.

And thousands of names have been added to a petition supporting the desperate need to build the hospital at the centre.

It was during a recent meeting that Purbeck planners deferred their decision on the 225,000 scheme.

Committee members opted to find out more information about the proposal before giving the plans the green light.

But this delay frustrated Jim and Alison Cronin who believe the construction of the small single-storey building, consisting of an operating theatre, a recovery room, an X-ray room and a laboratory, is vital for the 160 primates at the Bovington attraction.

They launched a petition and urged people to not only sign their names but write letters to the council in support of their plans.

And to their delight an "astounding" response has been received.

Jim said: "People are demanding that the hospital be built. And I urge the councillors to listen to the people - it is just a hospital."

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