MP Hugh Bayley visits storm damaged RSPCA site in Landing Lane

Hugh Bayley takes a look at some of the storm damage at the RSPCA centre in Landing Lane, York, watched by Kim Puttock and Angela Hunter

Hugh Bayley takes a look at some of the storm damage at the RSPCA centre in Landing Lane, York, watched by Kim Puttock and Angela Hunter

First published in News

YORK Central MP Hugh Bayley visited the RSPCA York site in Landing Lane to learn how the recent storms took their toll on the animal home.

He was accompanied by Angela Hunter, branch manager, and Barbara Boyce, chair of the trustees.

During the recent high winds, 12 large trees were blown down and all of the inmates from one of the catteries had to be evacuated to Askham Bryan College.

Small animals, including rabbits and guinea pigs, had to be moved into the meeting room at the RSPCA for safety. The management and trustees of the animal home are now keen to ensure that no further damage is caused.

But the hire of a tree surgeon to carry out the remedial work is expensive and the funding will have to come out of the charity’s limited resources.

It costs £1,500 every day to care for the animals and the York-based charity receives no external funding. In addition, the centre needs to be refurbished to ensure it meets modern animal- care standards.

Mr Bayley said: “Many charities are struggling to obtain funding in the current economic climate and the damage caused by the falling trees has put an additional strain on their resources.

“I am glad none of the animals were injured during the storms and I hope that funding can be raised to carry out the remedial work.”

This year sees the 150th anniversary of the founding of the RSPCA in York and district and there has been a home in York for 70 years.

The RSPCA moved to its current location in Landing Lane from its previous location on Castle Mills Bridge in 1979.

To mark the anniversary, the RSPCA was opening a new charity shop at 56 Goodramgate today. The shop will sell good quality clothing, books and bric-a-brac and the RSPCA hopes members of the public and visitors to the city will support it.

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10:19am Wed 26 Feb 14

TheTruthHurts says...

I volunteered at the centre and went along one Saturday (which is the only time that i am free as i work a 9-5. I am a mid 30's capable guy and said that i am happy to do anything that is required of me as im not afraid to roll my sleeves up nor squeamish etc. The perfect volunteer lol. I left at the end of the day feeling a little flat as they just really didnt know what to do with me. I had done everything that was asked of me but felt that i hadnt really achieved anything and have never been back and now volunteer for another organisation.

My point is that if i had turned up on Saturday and there were lots of fallen trees that need tidying up i would have been happy to get stuck in, clearing cutting and burning, heck i would have filled up my car with bigger pieces and burnt them at home. A lot cheaper than paying a professional. And i have a chainsaw.

They need to sort out a proper volunteer coordinator and things like this just wouldnt be a problem or financial burden.
I volunteered at the centre and went along one Saturday (which is the only time that i am free as i work a 9-5. I am a mid 30's capable guy and said that i am happy to do anything that is required of me as im not afraid to roll my sleeves up nor squeamish etc. The perfect volunteer lol. I left at the end of the day feeling a little flat as they just really didnt know what to do with me. I had done everything that was asked of me but felt that i hadnt really achieved anything and have never been back and now volunteer for another organisation. My point is that if i had turned up on Saturday and there were lots of fallen trees that need tidying up i would have been happy to get stuck in, clearing cutting and burning, heck i would have filled up my car with bigger pieces and burnt them at home. A lot cheaper than paying a professional. And i have a chainsaw. They need to sort out a proper volunteer coordinator and things like this just wouldnt be a problem or financial burden. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 14

10:48am Wed 26 Feb 14

MrsHoney says...

I agree that volunteers aren't used to their full potential. I think part of it is a lack of staff there to co-ordinate volunteers. I used to go dog walking but you spent half the time hanging around waiting for someone to fetch you a dog and even longer waiting to return it to it's kennel. Often there are too many volunteers for their needs which is a shame. It sounds to me like they need fundraisers the most though if they're to update the facilities. As for tree clearing, I bet there will be some health and safety issue involved as it always seems to get in the way these days.
I agree that volunteers aren't used to their full potential. I think part of it is a lack of staff there to co-ordinate volunteers. I used to go dog walking but you spent half the time hanging around waiting for someone to fetch you a dog and even longer waiting to return it to it's kennel. Often there are too many volunteers for their needs which is a shame. It sounds to me like they need fundraisers the most though if they're to update the facilities. As for tree clearing, I bet there will be some health and safety issue involved as it always seems to get in the way these days. MrsHoney
  • Score: 12

1:59pm Wed 26 Feb 14

johnwill says...

Can anyone explain why the RSPCA ever built the centre where it is? in a hollow next to the river and almost on top of Holgate beck, if it isn't flooded in winter it's unusual, a totally unsuitable position for a building keeping animals. There are some barmy people who decide these things.
Can anyone explain why the RSPCA ever built the centre where it is? in a hollow next to the river and almost on top of Holgate beck, if it isn't flooded in winter it's unusual, a totally unsuitable position for a building keeping animals. There are some barmy people who decide these things. johnwill
  • Score: 1

3:02pm Wed 26 Feb 14

powerwatt says...

Must be Hugh Bayley's monthly visit to York.
Must be Hugh Bayley's monthly visit to York. powerwatt
  • Score: -4

6:25pm Wed 26 Feb 14

malonemalone says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
I volunteered at the centre and went along one Saturday (which is the only time that i am free as i work a 9-5. I am a mid 30's capable guy and said that i am happy to do anything that is required of me as im not afraid to roll my sleeves up nor squeamish etc. The perfect volunteer lol. I left at the end of the day feeling a little flat as they just really didnt know what to do with me. I had done everything that was asked of me but felt that i hadnt really achieved anything and have never been back and now volunteer for another organisation.

My point is that if i had turned up on Saturday and there were lots of fallen trees that need tidying up i would have been happy to get stuck in, clearing cutting and burning, heck i would have filled up my car with bigger pieces and burnt them at home. A lot cheaper than paying a professional. And i have a chainsaw.

They need to sort out a proper volunteer coordinator and things like this just wouldnt be a problem or financial burden.
I have to agree, it is like organised chaos up at the animal home, all good intended people of course but not run at all in a professional or business like way
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: I volunteered at the centre and went along one Saturday (which is the only time that i am free as i work a 9-5. I am a mid 30's capable guy and said that i am happy to do anything that is required of me as im not afraid to roll my sleeves up nor squeamish etc. The perfect volunteer lol. I left at the end of the day feeling a little flat as they just really didnt know what to do with me. I had done everything that was asked of me but felt that i hadnt really achieved anything and have never been back and now volunteer for another organisation. My point is that if i had turned up on Saturday and there were lots of fallen trees that need tidying up i would have been happy to get stuck in, clearing cutting and burning, heck i would have filled up my car with bigger pieces and burnt them at home. A lot cheaper than paying a professional. And i have a chainsaw. They need to sort out a proper volunteer coordinator and things like this just wouldnt be a problem or financial burden.[/p][/quote]I have to agree, it is like organised chaos up at the animal home, all good intended people of course but not run at all in a professional or business like way malonemalone
  • Score: 3

8:31pm Wed 26 Feb 14

rose_of_york says...

malonemalone wrote:
TheTruthHurts wrote:
I volunteered at the centre and went along one Saturday (which is the only time that i am free as i work a 9-5. I am a mid 30's capable guy and said that i am happy to do anything that is required of me as im not afraid to roll my sleeves up nor squeamish etc. The perfect volunteer lol. I left at the end of the day feeling a little flat as they just really didnt know what to do with me. I had done everything that was asked of me but felt that i hadnt really achieved anything and have never been back and now volunteer for another organisation.

My point is that if i had turned up on Saturday and there were lots of fallen trees that need tidying up i would have been happy to get stuck in, clearing cutting and burning, heck i would have filled up my car with bigger pieces and burnt them at home. A lot cheaper than paying a professional. And i have a chainsaw.

They need to sort out a proper volunteer coordinator and things like this just wouldnt be a problem or financial burden.
I have to agree, it is like organised chaos up at the animal home, all good intended people of course but not run at all in a professional or business like way
I think you will find that in recent years it has been run in a much more efficient and professional manner than ever before.
[quote][p][bold]malonemalone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: I volunteered at the centre and went along one Saturday (which is the only time that i am free as i work a 9-5. I am a mid 30's capable guy and said that i am happy to do anything that is required of me as im not afraid to roll my sleeves up nor squeamish etc. The perfect volunteer lol. I left at the end of the day feeling a little flat as they just really didnt know what to do with me. I had done everything that was asked of me but felt that i hadnt really achieved anything and have never been back and now volunteer for another organisation. My point is that if i had turned up on Saturday and there were lots of fallen trees that need tidying up i would have been happy to get stuck in, clearing cutting and burning, heck i would have filled up my car with bigger pieces and burnt them at home. A lot cheaper than paying a professional. And i have a chainsaw. They need to sort out a proper volunteer coordinator and things like this just wouldnt be a problem or financial burden.[/p][/quote]I have to agree, it is like organised chaos up at the animal home, all good intended people of course but not run at all in a professional or business like way[/p][/quote]I think you will find that in recent years it has been run in a much more efficient and professional manner than ever before. rose_of_york
  • Score: 2

9:14pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Kathy 2010 says...

Well I volunteer there and absolutely love it. The staff work extremely hard and are constantly busy so I suppose that some things can't take priority. I am sure that they would love to be able to always process things very quickly but sometimes it just isn't possible. However the staff are extremely dedicated and look after the animals with fantastic care and lots of love. There is a lot of great work going on there I promise you.
Well I volunteer there and absolutely love it. The staff work extremely hard and are constantly busy so I suppose that some things can't take priority. I am sure that they would love to be able to always process things very quickly but sometimes it just isn't possible. However the staff are extremely dedicated and look after the animals with fantastic care and lots of love. There is a lot of great work going on there I promise you. Kathy 2010
  • Score: 6

1:05am Thu 27 Feb 14

jmumof3 says...

I think its an excellent home, dealing with a lot of stress and unlucky animals. They do need a safer site though I think, but its all money.
I think its an excellent home, dealing with a lot of stress and unlucky animals. They do need a safer site though I think, but its all money. jmumof3
  • Score: 3

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