Assembly Members urged to step in over threat to Common

17/07/2017

 

 Seven Caerphilly Plaid Cymru councillors have met the Commoners and Brinkers Association of Eglwysilan to discuss worries over the future of the land.

At a packed meeting they shared concerns about tipping, motor cycling and the destruction of the Common and the ancient monument that is Senghenydd Dyke. 

One farmer, in particular, was singled out for criticism. It was agreed that while he owns the Common, he cannot erode the rights of the individual to roam, wander and enjoy the freedom of the Common.

Councillor Lindsay Whittle, who was a member of the councillor group, said: “Large trenches have been dug around the main roads and several attempts have been made to block highways and byways all being illegal, resulting in Caerphilly council having to spend considerable amount of money removing them.

“Huge areas of the common have been scarred as it has been dug and scraped away, both at Penyrheol and Senghenydd. People are also being threatened.”

 It was agreed to write to all Assembly members urging immediate action from the Minister in charge. 

“Ten percent of Wales is Common land and if this man is allowed to get away with his activity without the national authorities combining to stop him then thousands of acres of Wales is under threat,” warned Councillor Whittle.

The group of seven councillors who attended the meeting were the four Penyrheol, Trecenydd and Energlyn councillors Lindsay Whittle, Margaret Sargent, Steven Skivens and Jon Scriven and Aber Valley councillors Lyndon Binding,  John  Roberts and John Taylor.