03/04/2009

Support for Small Shops Campaign Grows as Council Gives First Indication of Backing Down


Nerys Evans, Plaid Cymru Regional Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales, is the latest figure to lend her support to the campaign to save small shops in central Aberystwyth. Her recent letter received by the campaign group Cadw Calon Aberystwyth says:

"These large scale proposals certainly change the current original Masterplan proposal for the Post Office site and further public consultation is paramount.

"We in Carmarthen are currently witnessing the development of the old mart site with the arrival of Debenhams as the anchor store. The old mart site was empty and is not at the heart of Carmarthen town. I am not persuaded that the architectural character of
Aberystwyth should be sacrificed for the needs of Debenhams. I feel that this would change the very reasons why Aberystwyth is such an important, iconic town.

"I understand from Elin Jones AM that Councillors are suggesting that this project is being led by the Assembly Government and that the Council is almost powerless to resist. I also confirm that this is not the case. The Assembly Government would not release major funding for projects unless they are advocated by the local County Council. I have witnessed the very same tactic by Councillors in Carmarthenshire recently who openly state that they are powerless to stop the closure of three secondary schools due to National Assembly guidelines."

Nic Bourne, Conservative Regional Assembly Member, has also given his support to the campaign and will be meeting small businesses in the town on Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile a County Council Officer at the heart of developing the controversial proposals for demolishing small shops has indicated that the Council will back down from their original plan to ask a meeting of the Full County Council on 30th April to support Compulsory Purchase Orders on any property owners in the area not willing to sell. A recent reply to one owner says, "I can confirm that we will not be requesting any resolution on CPOs at the meeting of Full Council on 30th April". This marks a significant climb down for the Council who had originally stated an intention to have the Orders agreed in principle on this date.

The next key date in the campaign comes on Thursday 9th April when County Councillors will receive a briefing from the Council's Economic Development Department in a closed session at 10am in Arad Goch in Bath Street. Campaigners are planning to meet outside at at 9.30am to greet councillors as they go into the meeting.

1 comment:

  1. i am sick and tired of clueless councilours who give the go ahead to vandalise our heritage why should councilours and politicians dictate to us it should be us dictating to them as we pay their wages and their greedy expenses its about time people all over britain stood up and be counted and say we have had enough of incompitent councilours and politicians who couldn't care less about us or our heritage, the compulsory purchase order should be challenged in court and it is a policy which is undemocratic and belongs to a communist state , it is shameful that the goverment can take your house, property or land and do what ever they like, it should be stopped as soon as possible, we should not let them destroy more of our heritage so that they can build more of these steel concrete and glass mostrousities which look hidious and devoid of any character, tourists come to this country to experience our rich heritage to see our old buldings not to go to shops, so who is with me in getting the compulsory purchase order scrapped, my phone number is 01407710917 maybe we should start a petition

    ReplyDelete