Bristol news 'Incredibly sad day' as community farm sells final animals PremierLeague-News.Com
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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The chairwoman of a city farm in south Bristol has said it has now sold all its remaining animals. Lorraine Horgan, the chair of the Hartcliffe Community Farm board, said it marked an "incredibly sad day" for the community. It marks the final chapter of a long-running saga involving a group of volunteers who have run the farm for many years and Bristol City Council, which owns the site. In early 2020 council chiefs made it clear they would not be renewing the lease to the board of volunteers and staff who ran the farm, and questioned their competency. That prompted fears in the community that the farm was being primed to be sold off for development, or for other projects which would mean it would be lost as a free-to-access community resource. The council has said the site will "maintain its roots as a farm", with the two south Bristol organisations, Windmill Hill City Farm and Heart of BS13, working with it and local citizens to "drive its regeneration to create local jobs, training and enterprise opportunities.’’ In March it was announced the community group and another city farm had stepped in to take it on, after the council put the lease out to tender, inviting bids from a wide range of organisations. By last week, volunteers had already rehomed the majority of the animals, including the birds in the aviary, the ducks, pigs and cows, and after the council issued legal advice, the decision was made for the remaining animals - ten lambs, eight ewes and a ram, as well as some goats - to be sold to a farmer. The decision to sell the animals was made to avoid any distress to them and a farmer took them on Tuesday (May 11), Ms Horgan said. She added that volunteers are still trying to clear their possessions from the buildings, but that the farm manager is the only person allowed in. Get the biggest stories from across Bristol straight to your inbox Ms Horgan - who has been involved in the farm since the beginning - said: "It has been painful to say the least.
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. It [the farm] is not perfect, it needs money spent on and it needs updating, but the council had not funded it. "We were self-sufficient with the help of the people of Hartcliffe. The council was setting us to fail since they started to cut the funding - they didn't want us there any more."
Ms Horgan said she didn't understand the council's decision. "The feelings of the people of Hartcliffe have been ignored," she claimed. "It is an incredibly sad day for the Hartcliffe community, who owns that farm and built it. It is just not fair." She has called for an independent investigation into the council's handling of the issue - possibly by the scrutiny committee. A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: “Making sure the remaining animals at the farm were properly cared for during this process was our primary concern and we thank the HCPF Farm Manager for assisting with ensuring their welfare and arranging for their safe removal."
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