Campaign to save Trecadwgan Farm

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On Friday 14 June 2019 a public meeting, attended by around 100 members of the local and wider Pembrokeshire community, was held to gather support to save Trecadwgan Farm from being auctioned by the council. Cris Tomos of PLANED launched a community pioneer share scheme to raise funds to help buy and support the farm for the community, alongside a peer to peer loan scheme, both of which are supported by the Biodynamic Land Trust. Cris is also a county councillor. Also in attendance was Bob Kilmister from PCC who presented the council’s position on the sale.
On Friday 21 June a group of 9 members of the campaign attended a meeting with Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC), demanding that Trecadwgan Farm be removed from sale at auction, on 17 July, in order to allow them further time to consult with the community, in order to formulate a viable way forward. Spokesman Rupert Dunn, spoke of the vision for a community farm and its huge benefit not only to local community, but also the region and beyond and how it could help a “cash strapped” PCC deliver services and uphold its commitments and obligations to the local
community. He also gave examples of other similar ventures around the UK.
Joyce Watson(AM) reminded the Council of its responsibilities under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and questioned whether this had been fully taken into consideration. Joyce also brought the subject up in the Welsh Assembly Plenary on Tuesday 18 June. PCC’s position, however, remains unchanged. Leader David Simpson says he will only remove Trecadwgan from auction upon the deposit of the £50,000 non-refundable deposit, citing legal and procedural restrictions, which the group disputes. The group has written a further open letter to
the council which contains questions, requests and also suggestions with regard to a flexible way forward. Latest update… there will be another Save Trecadwgan, public meeting at Solva Memorial Hall on Friday 5th July at 6.45pm. Where we will share the latest news and invite members of the local community, for their input, ideas and collaboration on the future of the farm. Refreshments and soup will be available. All welcome.