South West Wales

Worry over Pembrokeshire farm 'offender' plan

More than 450 people attended a meeting to discuss plans to train ex-offenders at a farm in rural Pembrokeshire.

The Plas Dwbl Farm near Mynachlogddu could be developed as a centre to train vulnerable young people in agricultural and practical skills.

The Ruskin Mill Educational Trust and the Responsive Earth Trust said no prisoners would be housed there.

But county councillor Huw George said residents are concerned about the proposals.

Plas Dwbl has planning permission to house up to 10 students at a time for a period of two years and train them in agricultural and practical skills.

Those attending the meeting at Theatr y Gromlech, Preseli, were told that former prisoners and people under the probation service could be part of the community scheme.

Rehabilitation

Ruskin Mill Educational Trust spokesman Aonghus Gordon said the trust has a very good success rate in rehabilitating young people and helping them to start new lives, adding there were no plans to house prisoners at Plas Dwbl.

But meeting chair councillor Huw George said there was concern about the lack of police in the area in the event of an incident requiring an immediate response.

"The concerns of the people of Mynachlogddu are the crime rate is so low, that very rarely do they see a police officer," he said.

"Our great concern is, should there be an incident, will the police officers know where Mynachlogddu is? Plas Dwbl's not the easiest place in the world to find."

Representatives from Plas Dwbl, Dyfed-Powys Police and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park also attended the meeting.