Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Getting ready for the Public Inquiry April 21-24 2009

As you may already know, Caerphilly County Borough Councillors rejected housing proposals for Ruperra Castle in December 2007. The owner of the Castle appealed against the decision to the Welsh Assembly Government in June 2008 and a Public Inquiry will be held starting on Tuesday April 21st 2009 at 10 am and possibly will last for four or five days.

Because Ruperra is a very important site, not just for us locally but for the whole of Wales and the UK, this will be a very interesting Inquiry with many experts from England and Wales giving evidence.

Five groups will be giving evidence. 1) the Appellant, Ashraf Barakat owner of the Castle,represented by Owen Banks, Planner of Llanelli, 2) Caerphilly County Borough Council whose barrister is Geoffrey Stephenson of 2-3 Gray's Inn Square, 3)Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, 4)the National Ammenity Societies, whose advocate is Frank Kelsall of the Ancient Monuments Society and 5)Ruperra Castle Preservation Trust, whose barrister is Caroline Allen of 39 Essex Street Chambers

Please show the Inspector that you care about your landscape and built heritage by attending if you can. It will be held at Ty Penallta, Caerphilly County Council Offices, Ystrad Mynach. On the first day the Inspector will announce a time table of which group or groups will be speaking on each day. It will be posted here with details of phone numbers to call if you want to know more. We are sorry but we won't have the details before the 21st

A map of directions to Ty Penallta at the Caerphilly Council Offices site at Tredoman will be posted here next week. For SAT NAV users the post code is CF82 7FN

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