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Community campaigns to buy Trecadwgan Farm – a County Council farm near Solva

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CAMPAIGNERS in and around the community of Solva and the St Davids Peninsula are working hard to stop Pembrokeshire County Council from selling off this historic county farm at public auction in July, in order for the community to raise funds for a community asset transfer.

Solva community council, who are unanimously supportive of the vision for a community farm at the site said:

This Council, support the proposed purchase of Trecadwgan farm as a community project supporting the principles of food sovereignty, agroecology and biodynamic principles and practices. This Council also felt that given the current circumstances and recent declaration of a climate emergency by PCC, this project would naturally support any carbon reduction schemes and green projects. We do not feel that the sale of the farm would be securing value for money and would mean the loss of a potentially valuable community asset.

We would ask that PCC remove the farm from auction immediately and undertake discussions to support this unique and vibrant project.

Dating back to the 15th century the farmhouse is being sold with 13 outbuildings and 11 acres. The community benefit group have a vision for the site becoming a hub for the area that can offer skills training and be a location for many land-based social enterprises. One of the campaigners Rupert Dunn noted “There is a unique opportunity for the community and supporters both near and far to become joint purchasers of this historically important farm. Given the sensitivity of the issue of the sell-off of county farms across the UK, this case has national significance and raises a spotlight to our local authority to act with vision and to work together with communities. ” Rupert continued “I have spoken to many food, craft, training and agricultural based projects and there is great enthusiasm, the local community council at Solva are in full support”

The group is now forming a constituted Community Benefit Society registered with the FCA and will be looking to issue community shares in the development. A Pembrokeshire champion of community cooperatives, Cris Tomos of PLANED who has supported many community share offers commented ” The community and enterprise vision for Trecadwgan farm is fantastic and would see the opportunity for people to gain new skills and employment. It will be crucial to now form the new society as soon as possible with an inaugural board of directors to set up the community business”

Anyone wishing to show solidarity with the campaign or are interested in supporting the new community scheme are invited to attend the public meeting in Solva Memorial Hall at 6.30pm on Friday the 14th of June. There will be an opportunity to hear from people with a connection to the farm, form the new board and also have people putting their names down for being part of subcommittees to focus on finance, marketing, legal and other issues.

There will also be family-friendly activities held at the farm from 11am-5pm on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June including: elderflower cordial making, gardening, scything and green woodworking as well as food to share and a chance to shape the vision for a community farm.

 

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Dale Road: Several have minor injuries after two vehicle accident

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EMERGENCY SERVICES are attending a two-vehicle road traffic accident on the B4327 Dale Road.

Two fire crews from Haverfordwest as well as police were called at around 3pm today (Aug 16).

A van and a car are involved.

Avoid the area at the present time

The Herald understands that several people are being treated for minor injuries.

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Tenby: Hotel goes into administration as new owner’s business empire collapses

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A POPULAR Pembrokeshire hotel has gone into administration.

The Fourcroft Hotel in Tenby how faces an uncertain future. It’s parent company Northern Powerhouse Developments reportedly suffered a £14m operational loss last year.

The 40-bedroomed hotel, which had been in the ownership of the same family for over 70 years, was bought by Northern Powerhouse Developments for an undisclosed sum in January 2017.

New boss Gavin Woodhouse said at the time: “This is the first of four hotels we are acquiring and opening in South Wales to complement our existing hotels up and down the coastline of the United Kingdom.”

“The Fourcroft will be the sister hotel to the Llandudno Bay Hotel and Spa and part of the group’s premier hotel collection.

“We are keen to compliment the local businesses and hope to be part of the future success of Tenby and the surrounding areas.”

NPD was founded by Gavin Woodhouse to focus on investment in the leisure and tourism industry.

According to ITV News, at the High Court hearing, Justice Alastair Norris was told that Woodhouse had been withdrawing tens of thousands of pounds from a bank account he had kept secret from administrators.

Below: Video by The Guardian regarding the missing millions which have plagued Gavin Woodhouse’s businesses

Appointment of Administrators

In the High Court of Justice

Court Number: CR-2019-005297

FOURCROFT HOTEL (TENBY) LIMITED

(Company Number 00772050)

Nature of Business: Hotels and similar accommodation

Registered office: Unit D2 Elland Riorges Link, Lowfields Business Park, Elland, HX5 9DG

Principal trading address: The Croft, Tenby, SA70 8AP

Date of Appointment: 8 August 2019

Names and Address of Administrators: Philip Francis Duffy (IP No. 9253) and Sarah Helen Bell (IP No. 9406) both of Duff & Phelps Ltd, The Chancery, 58 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 1EW

Further details contact: The Joint Administrators, Tel: 0161 827 9000. Alternative contact: Chloe Chan, Email: Chloe.Chan@duffandphelps.com

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Coastguard call-out after missing cliff climbers fears

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EMERGENCY services were called to the Stack Rocks area on Thursday August 15, following concerns for the safety of two climbers.

The emergency services were called following fears over the safety of some climbers when climbing gear had been found at the top of the cliff near Bullslaughter Bay, with the owners nowhere to be seen.

At 9.11pm, Tenby Coastguard rescue team, St Govan coastguard rescue team, Tenby Lifeboats RNLI ALB, Angle Lifeboat RNLI ALB and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 were called to search for possible missing persons in the vicinity of Stack rocks.

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched just after 9pm and made best speed towards the scene, 10 miles west of Tenby, while Tenby and St Govans Coastguard rescue teams and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 also made their way.

An RNLI spokesman said: “Once on scene, the volunteer crew began their search from Stackpole Head towards Bullslaughter Bay.

“With darkness fast approaching, it was decided to launch Angle all-weather lifeboat so that the search for anyone in difficulty could be widened.

“Sometime later, the helicopter spotted some climbers and directed Angle lifeboat to their position, and, while speaking to them, they confirmed it was their climbing gear and that they were in no difficulty.

“All units stood down and returned to their respective stations, with Tenby lifeboat arriving back on station at about 12.15am.”

H M Coastguard Tenby, posting on Facebook, added: “Coastguard and RNLI were quickly on the scene with the Coastguard officers searching from land along the coastline and RNLI lifeboats commencing a water search.

“Once Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 arrived on scene they managed to quickly locate two climbers using FLIR [Forward-Looking Infra-Red].

“Angle RNLI was then directed to the persons and made contact with the climbers and confirmed that the equipment found belonged to them and that they did not require assistance.”

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