We’re furious after a 22ft BAT TOWER was built outside our homes… it’s a monstrosity

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The council chiefs have angered the villagers after they installed a 22-feet tower to house the bats.

Locals say the Bat House is a “monstrous” and rebuke the councilors for approving the building and making their lives “misery”.

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The tower in Scarisbrick, West Lancs was requisitioned by environmentalists after planning permission was granted to build 22 new homes.

Granddad Keith Denton, 68, says the tower is just 12 meters from his home and claims locals were not aware of it before construction began.

He said: “These bats have told the council that this is one of the conditions for planning permission and housing move up.

“I do not want to be.

He said, “I don’t mind bats, but we’ve been here for 20 years and why they chose this place is beyond me.

“I would say it’s a mystery.

“They could have put it on the side of Southport Road and it would still be fine but they decided to put it there because someone said it was the best place for it.

“I don’t know who the bat men are but we don’t have anything, nobody came and said that’s why we are building bat towers here.

“I want it to be taken down or moved; I don’t think the new residents will want it.”

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The Bat House in Scarisbrick, West Lakes, was sought by environmentalists for planning permission for 22 houses.

During a site inspection, environmental experts found bats roaming around an old barn, home and factory.

The laws protect all bat species, their breeding sites and resting places.

A license may be granted by Natural England if it is not possible to avoid disturbing the bats or harming their habitat.

I want it to be taken down or moved; I don’t think new residents will want it.

Keith Denton

Construction by Eccleston Homes began in January.

Keith said: “I have complained to the council and Eccleston Homes and they said they are not happy with it but it is a condition of the plan.

“They don’t want it there – who wants it?

“The batsmen; the council had to consult with Natural England as part of the planning application and are now building a seven meter high bat tower; there used to be squirrels, foxes.

“He’s gone; we didn’t see the squirrel for about ten months.”

Planning documents revealed by West Lancashire Borough Council show extensive research into bats, including surveys, various bat reports and a highly detailed bat migration report conducted by environmental consultants.

A sketch of the site, showing the ‘bat roast’ in its current location, was unveiled on the council’s website in January.

The site was found to be ‘not an environmentally sensitive area’, but “recommended the provision of a bat box … integrated within new or constructed buildings”.

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Granddad Keith claimed that he had complained to the council but was told that the bat tower was a “minor, non-material change”.

He added: “They said they didn’t need to inform us because it was a minor non-material change to the plan.

“I wouldn’t call it non-physical, it’s seven meters high and it needs to be finished by the end of March,” he said.

“Next thing we knew they started demolishing the factory site and building the foundation for the Bat Tower in January.

“There was no warning, no consultation and they said they didn’t need it, they said it was a non-material amendment.

These random bats have made my life miserable, and it’s been going on since I’ve been cured of cancer.

Keith Denton

“He said there’s a process.

“He said if you disagree with the verdict, go to the Lokpal.

“We went to the ombudsman and the ombudsman agreed with him last week, so it looks like we will be stuck with this bat.

“They said it would be 15 meters away from my house. It’s about 12.”

“The bat people woke up one night, it was a dark night in November 2020 and it must have been around 8:30 in the evening.

“I saw all these cars pulling up and I thought there was a party next door, and I said what are you doing?”

“He said we were going to the barn to see if there was a species.

“They were wearing dark clothes. He said he was going to the barn. – They stayed there for about an hour and a half and didn’t say who they were or where they were from.

“Next thing they disappeared; they got into their cars and left. It was all very mysterious.”

‘Random Bat People’

Keith said, ‘We are worried that bats will come here too.

“These random bats have made my life a miserable one, and all this is going on since I am cancer survivor and my wife is really stressed and she had a stroke a few years back.

“He has a bad heart.”

Eccleston Homes Ltd. was given the green light by planners last September to build 22 new detached homes ‘together with connected infrastructure, access, internal roads, sidewalks including Black Moss Lane and landscaping.’

The objections of the local people on the issues of traffic, flood and drainage were ignored.

Natural England licenses bats to ‘protect protected species’.

A Natural England spokesperson said: “As a statutory advisor, we have provided advice and guidance to West Lancashire Borough Council regarding this development to reduce the environmental impacts of the project.

“This included advice about setting up bat lofts to provide alternative homes for legally protected species.”

A spokesperson for Eccleston Homes Ltd said: “Eccleston Homes Ltd takes its obligations very seriously when dealing with protected species and we have built the bat facility in accordance with our plan consent.”

West Lancashire Borough Council has been contacted for comment.

The 22 ft bat tower is 12 meters from Keith's house

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The 22 ft bat tower is 12 meters from Keith’s housecredit: Main Media
Bat House is a planning condition for 22 new homes

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Bat House is a planning condition for 22 new homescredit: Main Media
Workers demolished an old house, factory and barn for 22 new homes and towers

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Workers demolished an old house, factory and barn for 22 new homes and towerscredit: Main Media



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