Abergavenny catttle market campaigners appeal after High Court loss

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AN ABERGAVENNY group campaigning to save the town’s historic livestock market has lodged an appeal after losing a High Court battle.

Keep Abergavenny Livestock Market (KALM) founder Jennifer Long is disappointed that Mrs Justice Nicola Davies dismissed two judicial reviews at the High Court of Justice in London last week.

The review challenged Monmouthshire Council’s planning process after it granted permission to demolish the 149-yearold livestock market to make way for an £11million Morrisons supermarket and library and move the market to Raglan.

A second review challenged local government minister Carl Sargeant’s decision to repeal ancient acts that mean Monmouthshire Council is obliged to hold a livestock market in the town.

The council, which asked for the legislation to be repealed, granted planning permission in 2011. A new market is being built in Raglan but campaigners argue that the environmental risks, economic impact and the loss of historic buildings were not taken into account.

In her judgment, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies rejected the arguments put forward by KALM and concluded the council did not act unlawfully. She said the minister’s finding that the acts are ‘obsolete’ is neither irrational nor unreasonable and he considered the correct legal consequences.

Mrs Long said: “The council decided to close the market, behind closed doors. It presented farmers with an ultimatum and the town with a done deal.”

Deputy leader Councillor Bob Greenland said: “Selling the site to Morrisons gives local people the chance to shop here rather than travel to other centres.”

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4:23pm Wed 14 Nov 12

youngashie says...

I quite agree that the livestock market should remain in Abergavenny you only have to look a Hereford city centre to see what happened to the commercial side of things there on market days the place used to be buzzing and i always enjoyed a day out there but now it is more like a ghost town with so many shops closed i find it a complete waste of time going there anymore.OK so the farmers apparently love the new out of town cattle market but it has taken away all the character of the city centre itself.
I quite agree that the livestock market should remain in Abergavenny you only have to look a Hereford city centre to see what happened to the commercial side of things there on market days the place used to be buzzing and i always enjoyed a day out there but now it is more like a ghost town with so many shops closed i find it a complete waste of time going there anymore.OK so the farmers apparently love the new out of town cattle market but it has taken away all the character of the city centre itself. youngashie

5:32pm Wed 14 Nov 12

On the inside says...

Many of use in Abergavenny of all political parties are heartly sick and tired of these self promoting hobbyists who are wasting more and more public money under the false claim they represent most local people. Every time they have had the chance to stand for election and promote their cause they have lacked the moral fibre to do so.

I support anyones right to disagree and challenge decisions but 10 years is enough.
Many of use in Abergavenny of all political parties are heartly sick and tired of these self promoting hobbyists who are wasting more and more public money under the false claim they represent most local people. Every time they have had the chance to stand for election and promote their cause they have lacked the moral fibre to do so. I support anyones right to disagree and challenge decisions but 10 years is enough. On the inside

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