Campaigners can mount legal challenges over Abergavenny cattle market

South Wales Argus: LEGAL CHALLENGE: : The cattle market site in Abergavenny LEGAL CHALLENGE: : The cattle market site in Abergavenny

AN Abergavenny group campaigning to keep the historic livestock market in the town has won the right to have two legal challenges heard in the High Court in Cardiff in October.

Solicitors acting for Keep Abergavenny Livestock Market (KALM) initiated legal proceedings against Monmouthshire council in January to get planning permission for a Morrisons supermarket on the Livestock Market site, quashed. KALM is challenging the process by which Morrisons was granted permission.

Last year, Monmouthshire council approved the demolition of the livestock market to make way for an £11million Morrisons supermarket and library. The 25,000sq foot store will include 20% non-foods, a cafe and kiosk and 269 space car park.

KALM wants the historic market to be refurbished and plans to re-locate it to Bryngwyn, near Raglan, halted.

The group is also challenging Welsh Minister Carl Sargeant's decision to repeal ancient acts that mean the council is obliged to hold a livestock market in the town.

KALM say the Welsh Government failed to demand evidence from the council to justify lifting the acts.

Member, Barry Greenwood said: "Whatever the final outcome, the High Court in Cardiff has decided there are sufficient grounds to mount legal challenges into their decisions."

The council's deputy leader, councillor Bob Greenland, said: "The council is disappointed that having first decided there was not arguable case against the Minister's decision to repeal the obsolete Abergavenny Improvement Acts this view was changed by the Court on appeal from KALM. Cllr Greenland said the council remains committed to providing a state-of-the-art livestock market in Raglan.

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3:43pm Sat 4 Aug 12

On the inside says...

It's about time KALM came clean about who they are funded by. I have heard they are backed by all sorts of dodgy people who stand to gain personally of they stop the plans. The public should be told the truth.
It's about time KALM came clean about who they are funded by. I have heard they are backed by all sorts of dodgy people who stand to gain personally of they stop the plans. The public should be told the truth. On the inside
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10:10am Sun 5 Aug 12

Howie' says...

On the inside wrote:
It's about time KALM came clean about who they are funded by. I have heard they are backed by all sorts of dodgy people who stand to gain personally of they stop the plans. The public should be told the truth.
Nice bit of innuendo there, why don't you name & shame if you have any evidence?

Reading their website it seems most businesses, shoppers etc are behind this campaign.

http://www.keepkalm.
co.uk/
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: It's about time KALM came clean about who they are funded by. I have heard they are backed by all sorts of dodgy people who stand to gain personally of they stop the plans. The public should be told the truth.[/p][/quote]Nice bit of innuendo there, why don't you name & shame if you have any evidence? Reading their website it seems most businesses, shoppers etc are behind this campaign. http://www.keepkalm. co.uk/ Howie'
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10:59am Sun 5 Aug 12

real_life says...

I suspect there's more than a drop of truth to what On the inside suggests. If only we were able to do a FOI demand on KALM.

One thing is sure - if anyone ever thinks that spin and twisting facts is solely the domain of the government, they need look no further than KALM to disprove them.

They must have wasted thousands of taxpayers money with their legal challenges and jeopardised new jobs, the future of the town and the new library.
I suspect there's more than a drop of truth to what On the inside suggests. If only we were able to do a FOI demand on KALM. One thing is sure - if anyone ever thinks that spin and twisting facts is solely the domain of the government, they need look no further than KALM to disprove them. They must have wasted thousands of taxpayers money with their legal challenges and jeopardised new jobs, the future of the town and the new library. real_life
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4:10pm Sun 5 Aug 12

Hywel Jones says...

The dirty tricks at Monmouthshire County Council and the Welsh Government need to be exposed.

Lots of dodgy people stand to gain from the dubious decisions made by the Welsh Government and MCC in relation to Abergavenny Livestock Market.

Go for it, KALM!
The dirty tricks at Monmouthshire County Council and the Welsh Government need to be exposed. Lots of dodgy people stand to gain from the dubious decisions made by the Welsh Government and MCC in relation to Abergavenny Livestock Market. Go for it, KALM! Hywel Jones
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