Abergavenny market group ends one of its appeals

South Wales Argus: CHALLENGE: Campaign group KALM hold a demonstration in 2009 in a bid to save Abergavenny’s livestock market CHALLENGE: Campaign group KALM hold a demonstration in 2009 in a bid to save Abergavenny’s livestock market

AN ABERGAVENNY group has withdrawn one of two appeals in its campaign to save the town’s historic Livestock Market.

Keep Abergavenny Livestock Market Open (KALM) founder Jennifer Long has informed the Court of Appeal she would not be pursuing her appeal against the Welsh Ministers’ decision to repeal ancient acts that meant Monmouthshire council was obliged to hold a livestock market in the town.

The council, which asked for the legislation to be repealed, granted planning permission in 2011 to allowa Morrisons supermarket to be built on the site. A Morrisons supermarket will be built on the site of the Livestock Market and a replacement is being built at Bryngwyn, Raglan, by Morgan Sidnall, due for completion in the late summer, with the transfer from Abergavenny taking place shortly afterwards.

Bob Greenland, the council’s deputy leader, said: “With the legal challenges to Bryngwyn and the repeal of the Abergavenny Acts at an end, surely KALM must now accept the livestock market will be moving from Abergavenny to Bryngwyn later this year?”

KALM spokesman Barry Greenwood said that on the advice of their legal team they are still appealing against the judge’s decision to disallow a judicial review challenging the council’s planning process after it granted permission to demolish the 149-year-old livestock market.

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