Sale of Glaneirw

Hi to all who’ve been following this sorry saga and apologies for not providing a timelier update – this is due to lots of different factors going on recently.

Unfortunately the opportunity to present a counterclaim challenging the sale of Glaneirw will not now be heard at County Court on Monday 25th Feb. This is due to circumstances beyond FroG’s control – the details of which we do not wish to divulge at this time in order to protect peoples’ right to privacy.

The sale of Glaneirw will sadly go ahead. It was always a long shot for the sale to be stopped but it’s unbelievably frustrating that the counterclaim will not be heard. Understandably many people will be gutted and feel cheated, as do we. There is no doubt in our minds that the sale is wrong both morally and ethically, if not legally.

This was confirmed by correspondence received from most of the Founding members and many other previous members of Glaneirw. They are saddened and angered that a family units’ alleged restriction of membership has enabled them to gain control of Glaneirw’s considerable assets, and that the sale was justified under the guise of continuing the co-op elsewhere (which was later revealed to be a three bedroom farmhouse!!!)

At the very least the issues surrounding governance of the co-op have been highlighted. FroG are sceptical that they will move on to run a bonafide fully mutual housing co-operative; people will be watching and we hope that they prove us wrong.

Rumours of the house being trashed are just that, and FroG cannot confirm if the new owners will demolish the buildings.

Jonesi is doing ok and is sorted for accommodation. If any of his friends are concerned about his welfare give him a bell – he’ll put you straight.

This is the not end for FroG, we are focused on continuing to work as a community benefit group. We have had so much support, positive energy and made strong new bonds which we hope to put into future projects. Watch this space… 🙂 x

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Details from Formal Mediation

Details on mediation that took place on Thursday 10th January 2013

There were three proposals that John, Yusuf, and Joseph offered:

1) £200,000 to Amy, Alf, Daisy (personally, or to a new Co-operative they could set-up – their choice), which could be used to buy the premises of their choice.
a) Funding was offered to cover the potential costs of A&A breaking the sales contract in the instance that the prospective buyers decide to sue for breach of contract.
b) A&A open up membership allowing new people to join the co-operative.
c) The court costs of the eviction proceedings against John would also be paid.
d) Private funding is available and the offer of a mortgage on Glaneirw House which would be suitable to cover those costs, and another £250,000 to renovate Glaneirw and bring it back into its proper and intended usage, for both prospective tenants and the community.
This offer still stands.

2) That Alf, Amy and Daisy could stay in the cottage as tenants, and private investors would give money to:
a) pay off the buyers to stop the sale, and
b) invest £250,000 into renovating and renewing the buildings and land.
c) A&A open up membership allowing new people to join the co-operative.

3) That Glaneirw Housing Co-operative Ltd accepted:
a) a co-op health check to ensure everything was in order or brought up to scratch,
b) agreed to buy a new place suitable for new members – more than just a single family unit (or a single family unit plus one or two), and accept some new members,
c) that the Co-op ask the buyers for an undertaking not to split the land up as according to their occupancy agreements.

So far all three offers have been refused outright, but they still stand.

If the matter can’t be settled, and regardless of who might win at Court, the other alternative is that an external party has stated they would apply for the Co-op to be suspended, and then de-registered. If that occurred, the land and buildings end up with the Government, and would be sold by the Treasury, and any remaining surplus would be put into a suitable new or existing organisation. None of the current parties would gain anything, the Government may or may not permit the current sale, but at least the assets or the proceeds of sale would be used appropriately.

John was offered £20,000 by A&A on the understanding that all opposition to John’s eviction proceedings were dropped. John has asked A&A to agree to Glaneirw Coop undertaking a co-operative governance health check from the CDS (Cooperative Development Services) before agreeing to any amount. Alf and Amy have already agreed to a health check. The solicitor was asked to agree that John should be provided the results of that check, which they appear agreeable to. John’s agreed in principle. However, it wasn’t his to accept, unless and until the other parties accepted (Joseph and Yusuf). Joseph and Yusuf did NOT refuse, they are considering the matter, together with John.

It should be noted that John stated he preferred to donate money to a cause such as Shelter rather than gain from this himself.

The situation is ongoing – more information to follow.

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Petition to show support

A petition has been set up for people to sign to show their support in preventing the loss of one of Wales’ longest running community projects, Glaneirw, into the hands of private ownership, and thereby removing a resource from the local community
Please click on the button to sign petition

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Many Thanks for your continuing support

Paper petitions can also be found at outlets in local towns in the Ceredigion & Carmarthenshire area
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Getting Involved

Anyone interested in getting involved (on whatever level) with helping to retain and secure Glaneirw Housing co-op as a viable community resource please contact us at:

getinvolvedwithglaneirw@riseup.net

Please include some personal details (not your favourite TV soap), level of input your prepared to give, and your contact details. Thanks 🙂

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Counterclaim & mediation

The Defendants are continuing their work in their defence against the Claim for Possession proceedings. Additionally, a claim (or counterclaim) in regards to the management, membership, and governance issues of the co-operative is being pursued. But the avenue of mediation is being pursued as a much preferable route for all parties.

The defendants are appealing for support in getting the housing co-op back onto its feet and getting the buildings used.

If you’d like to donate, please do so here:

DONATIONS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED, A BIG THANK-YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SHOWed THEIR SUPPORT

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Thank you for your continuing support

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Welcome to our blog

Welcome to the friendsofglaneirw blog. The intention of this blog is to publish updates on what is currently happening at Glaneirw Housing Co-operative.

But firstly it is requested that the private lives of any members, occupants or visitors of Glaneirw are respected and that people do not turn up uninvited.

If you would like to help or visit, please contact getinvolvedwithglaneirw@riseup.net with your contact details and interests in the project, especially if you can donate fire wood, wood chippings, cleaning equipment or lend a step ladder!

Last Thursday at Carmarthen County Court the judge granted an adjournment in favour of some of the occupants against two members at the proceedings of a Claim for Possession. Wider issues regarding the management of the co-operative were raised and mediation was suggested by both parties as a means to resolve the current situation.

And indeed mediation would enable both parties to move forward in the same direction. Much time and energy needs investing in the house instead of being consumed with the current legal proceedings against us.

The monthly mortgage at Glaneirw is £350 but donations are welcome for running costs and to assist in the future planning of Glaneirw as a community project.

Prospective tenants are essential as well as people willing to invest money, time and energy in future projects at Glaneirw and will enable the formulation of a business plan.

In conclusion, your active and practical support and positive input would be helpful in order to restore Glaneirw as an asset to the local and wider community.

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