Landlord to meet students to discuss demolition fears

The Boars Head site before development

The Boars Head site before development

A MEETING with the landlord and owner of the student flats apparently threatened with demolition has been arranged for students today (Tuesday 14th May).

Geraint Dafis, who owns the former Boar’s Head site, will be joined by the University’s Accommodation Office, Student Support and the Students’ Union for the talk, which will take place in Pantycelyn Small Lounge at 3pm today.

It is expected to be an informal talk to inform students about the situation and offer support.

The meeting follows a hearing at the Magistrates Court regarding the enforcement action, which is being taken in two parts.

Occupants living in Ty Newydd have received notice of the action (not to vacate at this stage) as Dafis was in the Magistrates Court regarding issues with works to that part of the building.

Both the proprietor and the occupants of the rest of the building have also received notice of the enforcement action (again, no notice to vacate), but Dafis has been given a few months to appeal, in which case it could take up to six months.

Richard Duggan from the Planning Department at Ceredigion County Council has confirmed that the courts will take students’ circumstances, including the academic year and tenancy agreements, into account when making any decisions on potential demolition. If the appeal on the rest of the building was lost, the planning inspector would put a condition on the demolition order to this end.

Tenancy agreements on the buildings reportedly begin in July and concerns have been raised that current occupants may have agreed to stay on from 1st July, and other students may have already signed to begin their tenancy from July without knowing the situation.

However, Duggan has confirmed that there is “no chance of demolition before September.”

  • Councillor for Aberystwyth North, Mark Strong, has said that he is happy for students to contact him by email with any concerns.