Following a notice published in the Western Mail yesterday, Plaid Cymru's Llanelli Constituency Committee rushed out urgent flyers to Dafen Residents warning that they were going to 'lose Dafen Park'.
The flyer stated the party's belief that the notice confirmed that the County Council's Labour/Independent coalition was going to sell the park, and called on the community to take action over 'this deplorable development'.
While this "Urgent News" began to raise anger within the community, a source close to Tegwen Devichand, Dafen's Labour county councillor who has represented the ward since 2001, said that this "was not true and that Dafen Park would never be sold". The councillor is said to be furious with the rumour and scaremongering and was meeting with the Chief Executive today to 'sort the rumour out'.
Carmarthenshire County Council's Head of Corporate Property, Jonathan Fearn responded to Dafen Website today and gave the following statement to clarify the situation:
"The notice refers to “disposal”, not sale, and the Act requires us to notify the public of disposals by lease as well as the freehold sale of land defined as “open space”.
"In the case of Dafen Park the Council plans to lease a small area of the park to a Dafen Cricket Club to facilitate the drawing down of grants to install cricket nets and improve the sporting facilities at the Park. There is no proposal to sell any part of the Park."
"I trust this clarifies the situation and would be grateful if your website can help in making this clear to the Dafen community."
Members of the community were angered when they received the flyers yesterday, and while some refused to accept the news, others began to speculate about Councillor Devichand's future. But as the truth begins to emerge today, the direction of the anger is now being turned to Plaid Cymru. One fan of the Dafen Village Website Facebook page asked, "Why have we had these posted through our doors?" and another said that she was disgusted at Plaid for "trying to fool" people into thinking that the park was being sold.
Dafen Website has asked Plaid Cymru for a statement on the matter.
29/06/2013: Read Plaid Cymru Llanelli's response
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