Kate Humble’s Meend Farm plans now agreed
17th February 2012: First farm newsletter published
19th October 2011: Penallt villagers addressed in Pelham Hall
3 August 2011: from the Monmouthshire Beacon
Kate Humble’s plans for a rural skills centre were approved last week despite cabinet members having to apologise for the way the council had dealt with the situation.
However, the decision has not met with universal local approval and Steve Davis of Crick Farm is leading a campaign against it. See here for more about this.
23 July 2011: from the BBC News (SE Wales) website
“Kate Humble plans Monmouthshire rural skills centre … Meend Farm, near Penallt, would offer courses in sustainable farming skills, rural crafts and wildlife conservation.” See full story here.
20 July 2011: letter to the Monmouthshire Beacon
“Sir, It has come to my attention that The Meend farm in Penallt has fallen into a state of disrepair…” see here for full letter
22 July 2011: from the Monmouthshire County Council Special Cabinet Meeting Agenda (28/07/11)
4 (iii) Meend Farm, Penallt
Division /Wards Affected: Countywide
Purpose: To seek approval to dispose of part of the Meend Farm holding to enable the creation of a commercial farming venture that becomes a prestigious, prominent and iconic destination designed to stimulate growth in the local rural, food and tourism industries and celebrate brand ‘Monmouthshire’.
The full agenda contains much background detail of the proposal (including the possibility of a farm shop and cafe) and can be read here.