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Petting zoo with controversial past could get new owl sanctuary

PUBLISHED: 16:36 26 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:43 26 April 2019

Fritton Owl Sanctuary has applied for a license to operate a second facility at Oulton Broad Mini Zoo, which was taken over by Scott Petty in January. Picture: Neil Didsbury

Fritton Owl Sanctuary has applied for a license to operate a second facility at Oulton Broad Mini Zoo, which was taken over by Scott Petty in January. Picture: Neil Didsbury

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A petting zoo whose new owner has vowed to make wholesale changes could soon have a new owl sanctuary on its site.

The former Pets Corner Farm Park in Oulton Broad was embroiled in controversy last summer over its conditions. Picture: Nick ButcherThe former Pets Corner Farm Park in Oulton Broad was embroiled in controversy last summer over its conditions. Picture: Nick Butcher

The old Pets Corner Farm Park, in Oulton Broad, was taken over by experienced leisure specialist Scott Petty in January and rebranded as Oulton Broad Mini Zoo.

Upon taking the reins, Mr Petty said he was keen to make the park “a vibrant place again” following controversy over conditions which saw more than 2,000 people sign a petition calling for improvements.

Fritton Owl Sanctuary has applied for a license to operate a second facility at Oulton Broad Mini Zoo, which was taken over by Scott Petty in January. Picture: Neil DidsburyFritton Owl Sanctuary has applied for a license to operate a second facility at Oulton Broad Mini Zoo, which was taken over by Scott Petty in January. Picture: Neil Didsbury

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Despite concerns, an inspection by the former Waveney District Council last summer concluded there were no animal welfare issues requiring action.

Fritton Owl Sanctuary has applied for a license to operate a second facility at Oulton Broad Mini Zoo, which was taken over by Scott Petty in January. Picture: Neil DidsburyFritton Owl Sanctuary has applied for a license to operate a second facility at Oulton Broad Mini Zoo, which was taken over by Scott Petty in January. Picture: Neil Didsbury

But Mr Petty acknowledged the need for investment and pledged to completely revamp the park, while also revealing plans to introduce a season ticket to attract customers all year round.

Having gained a new owner, the zoo - off Bridge Road - could soon boast a new attraction after East Suffolk Council received an application for an owl sanctuary to be built on the site.

The proposal has been submitted by Fritton Owl Sanctuary, who have applied for a license to operate a second sanctuary at a new location.

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