Show your support to save castle grounds
11:02am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A PUBLIC hearing to decide whether Haverfordwest Castle will be granted Village Green Status is due to take place at County Hall next week.
And local people are being urged to attend the hearing to show their support.
“People need to realise how serious the situation is,” said local historian Mark Muller. “This determines what happens to our castle.”
He added that the landscape of the town would be “lost” without access to the historic site.
“It’s a place for children to play, people to walk their dogs, to go to on a sunny day and enjoy their lunch. It’s where schoolchildren learn about their heritage, and one of the iconic structures of Haverfordwest.”
Haverfordwest Town Council applied for village green status in 2012 following fears the site would become out of bounds if the neighbouring Records Office building was sold off to a hotel developer.
But Pembrokeshire County Council, who owns the site, had asked the independent inspector to recommend refusal of the application on the basis that “the statutory requirements have not been met”.
“We want to keep the castle grounds open for the public and carry on attracting tourists,” said Sue McKeeman, who lives in Haverfordwest.
“If people can show their support by coming down, and telling their friends about it too, we can show the county council that we do care.”
The hearing will take place in the Committee Rooms at County Hall, Haverfordwest, from 10am on Wednesday, October 23, continuing until Friday, October 25, if necessary.
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