The owners of a March cattery has spoken out after the price of a vital licence was doubled by Fenland District Council.
Susan and Chris Luvaglia run Alucia Boarding Cattery and were dismayed to see their licence, which is required under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963, had gone from £72 to £140.
“It might not seem like a lot of money to some people, but we’re running on the bread line,” he said, adding this was a slow time of year for the business.
A Fenland Council spokesperson said: “The increase was agreed earlier this year as part of a general review of all our fees and charges. The new fee is needed to cover the cost of all the work required to meet the legal requirements for animal boarding establishments and prevent it being passed on to general taxpayers. We wrote to all such businesses several months ago advising them of the new fee and the date by which it had to be paid.”