Bridgend Council threaten landlord with fine over Cofiwch Dryweryn ‘advertisement’

The Cofiwch Dryweryn mural in Bridgend. Picture by Louvain Rees

Bridgend Council has sent a landlord a letter threatening a fine over a Cofiwch Dryweryn ‘advertisement’ painted on the side of the building.

The landlord of Freya Bletsoe, the owner of the Ella & Riley sweet shop in the town on which the mural is painted, received the letter saying that he was in contravention of the County Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992.

The mural was painted on Nolton Street in April after the original Cofiwch Dryweryn mural near Aberystwyth was apparently deliberately damaged by an unknown assailant.

The letter by Bridgend Council tells the landlord that there is no record of an application to display the mural.

“It has been brought to the attention of the Planning Department that a mural has been painted on the side wall of the above property,” the letter says.

“There is no record of an application having been made for the mural.”

Speaking to Assembly Member Neil McEvoy, Freya Sykes said that the mural had been painted in “solidarity” with those restoring the mural near Aberystwyth.

“And they’ve been painted all over Wales now,” she said.

Neil McEvoy said that it was “not an advertisement” but an “expression of Welsh cultural history”.

“It’s discrimination against our heritage,” he said.

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