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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Campaigners lose battle to buy Pump Field in hard-fought auction

* The auctioneer's catalogue picture of Pump Field.

A campaign group has been unsuccessful in their campaign to save a popular Llangollen field from possible future development. 

After an intense three-hour round of vying for highest price by two anonymous bidders at an online auction today (Tuesday) the 4.65-acre Pump Field off Grange Road eventually sold for £113,000.

And that was just too much for the Llangollen Green Spaces action group which was formed to spearhead fundraising and buy the land to secure it for the community into the future and the Green Paw Project which was backing them to tune of £50,000. 

On their own account the group raised almost £18,000 in just a few days on crowdfunding which won support from both the area's Conservative MP and Labour MS.

The Jones Peckover auctioneer's catalogue said: "The sale of Pump Field provides a rare opportunity to acquire a useful parcel of agricultural land extending to about 4.65 acres, currently laid to pasture and suitable for a range of agricultural, equine or amenity uses (subject to any necessary consents).

"The land occupies a picturesque setting on the South side of Llangollen with views towards Castle Dinas Bran. it is set out in one enclosure and enjoys vehicular access and good road frontage onto Grange Road."

Online bidding opened at £48,000 at 10.34am today with three bidders in the contest.

With just Bidders 2 and 3 staying the course, the price rose rapidly as they made a total of 59 bids between them. 

By 1.31pm when the auction closed Bidder 2 was winner with an offer of £113,000.

Action group spokesperson Sarah Marshall said: "I am letting all our generous supporters know that the Auction for Pump Field closed at 3pm today and the final price was above what we were able to bid, so we were not successful on this occasion.

"People have been so generous in their donations and support, we really want to thank everyone for their community spirit and efforts to secure a beautiful green space for public use.

"It's been heartwarming to see the number of donations, whether large or small it has all been really appreciated as we know people have given what they can.

"Please do not continue to donate. The crowd-funder has a minimum open period until 27th May so we need to wait until after then but the auction is now closed.

"We ask for you to bear with us whilst we sort the logistics of closing the crowd-funder page, we will be updating as to final amounts that were raised and pledged in the coming days.

"Llangollen Green Spaces will continue to work to protect our beautiful green spaces and improve biodiversity in the local area and look forward to future projects."

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