Couple Facing Eviction Launch Crowdfunder to sue Plaid Carmarthenshire County Council Patricia Breckman and Eddie Roberts have launched a crowd funder to sue Carmarthenshire County Council. The couple’s ordeal began in 2003, when they bought their property next to what searches said was a farm. It turned out to be an industrial plant, which was denied by Carmarthenshire County Council for years. There also followed a long period of harassment, with Patricia being arrested 6 times, thrown in cells and once threatened with an intimate strip body search. In 2012 the former Local Government Ombudsman for Wales found that Patricia and Eddie had suffered an injustice and a full apology was given by Dyfed Powys Police in 2015. It was expected that Carmarthenshire County Council would review the case and come to an arrangement with the couple. This has not happened and will not happen. Patricia and Eddie now face a hearing on Monday 26th July 2021 for repossession of their home. Due to the planning issues, the pair were unable to move forward with business plans, for which they had borrowed money. Without the projected business income, they have not been able to repay the loan they took out to develop their proposed business. Patrcia and Eddie now plan on suing Carmarthenshire County Council. Propel is supporting Patricia and Eddie, Propel Leader Neil McEvoy said, “ What has happened to Patricia and Eddie would not have happened in a civilized society, based on the rule of law. They were called liars for years and were persecuted. They defended themselves by digitally recording evidence, to prove their case. Plaid Cymru run the Council and could have found a solution. Instead, the couple have been abandoned and are now facing the loss of their home. How can that be allowed to happen to people aged 77 and 85? Eddie is not now in good health, which is not helped by all the strain. Propel is fighting this grave injustice.” Patricia Breckman said, “ I cannot believe what we are where we are today. We had dreams and plans for a cattery business, which were made impossible by the industrial plant next door and all the harassment. The result looks like we will lose our home and we will be made homeless. We hope people will support our plight and contribute to the crowd funder at https://gofund.me/ec8a00f7 I can’t say how ill all this has made both of us, but we will fight on.” Patricia and Eddie face their first court appearance on Monday 26th July.
We were delighted to fight the 2021 Senedd elections on a strong platform of wanting real change for Wales with some excellent candidates all keen to see Propel policies enacted to facilitate an exciting change in the political landscape of Wales. Thousands turned out to vote Propel all across Wales and we now need to build on those foundations and make real progress in the 2022 local council elections in Wales. If you are keen to see an end to the Labour/Plaid led stagnation in local government now is the time to help bring real change to Wales. You might want to apply to be a candidate or you may be keen to get out in your local community delivering the Propel message on the doorsteps of Wales. We would be delighted to see you join us and help Propel make a real breakthrough in changing Welsh politics forever!
Wales’ new political party Propel has stated it will implement tough control of lobbying, if in government after May. Propel's Contract with Wales includes a Public Services Accountability Act, with rules on corporate lobbying a key element. The Act reads that Propel will, “ Enact a mandatory lobbying register, meaning all corporate lobbyists must record details of their lobbying, its purpose, their clients and how much money was involved.” Continue reading
Former miner, Jeff Gregory, has been selected by Propel to fight for the Rhondda seat in the Welsh Parliament elections this May. Jeff was born and raised in the Rhondda and was a third generation miner, before the mines were closed by the Conservatives and Labour. Speaking about his selection, Jeff said: “The Rhondda is a place like nowhere else on earth. The people here are tough, hard working and proud. But politicians have let Rhondda down. We have become the forgotten valley. The Senedd was created to make the lives of the people of Wales better, but there is still tremendous poverty and deprivation. Continue reading
Propel has selected four candidates to fight the South Wales West region in the May 6th Senedd elections. The lead candidate is Propel Chair and Bridgend Propel Group Leader, Councillor Tim Thomas. Dr Gail John is second on the list, with James Henton, a Neath based International Politics student, in third and community activist Lee Fenton in fourth place. Continue reading
The Welsh Parliament’s Legal Services has raised serious concerns over the legality of the Labour Welsh Government’s amendments to its own Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill, which will be voted on this Wednesday. The amendments would apply to Registered Social Landlords and Community Landlords, such as Housing Associations. But, in a briefing note to Members of the Senedd, the Parliament’s Legal Services have questioned whether the Welsh Government has powers over Registered Social Landlords. Continue reading
Cllr Tim Thomas was elected Chair of Propel, after being nominated to the position by Propel Leader, Neil McEvoy.Cllr Thomas succeeds outgoing chair Gretta Marshall, who announced back in September that she would be stepping back from the position in the new year. Continue reading