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.”
How dare @BridgendCBC send this letter.
We are NEVER going to stop remembering Tryweryn. Never stop remembering our culture, our language or our history.
We won’t be cowered.
— Official Freya Sykes Ⓥ (@FreyaSykes) May 24, 2019
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.
Bridgend Council, run by Labour, is threatening the landlord of this shop with criminal action. I’m sure they would like us to forget how our villages were flooded to provide water to England. But the mural stays. #CofiwchDryweryn
Full vid here: https://t.co/RDmqHmJkOL pic.twitter.com/LpF114frBx
— Neil McEvoy AM (@neiljmcevoy) May 24, 2019
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