Agenda item

NOTICE OF MOTION SUBMITTED BY COUNCILLOR CEFIN CAMPBELL

This Council notes:

 

  • The Welsh Government’s Brexit and Our Land White Paper;
  • The proposals within the paper to scrap Basic Payments for farmers;
  • Thatbasic payments contribute about 80% to farmers’ net profits;
  • That the agriculture industry continues to be a substantial employer in Carmarthenhire and that many SMEs across the county are largely dependent on the sector;
  • That the Welsh Government’s proposals could lead to other landowners, (e.g. third sector organisations, forestry companies, extremely wealthy individuals or organisations) being able to compete for the public funds currently available to farmers.

This Council expresses concern that the Brexit and Our Land consultation paper provides no modelling or assessments of how the proposed changes will impact on the local or national economy.

 

This Council is concerned that the proposed changes could have a negative impact on Carmarthenshire’s countryside and threaten the future of family farms who have supported the economy, community life and the Welsh language in our rural communities for generations.

 

This Council believes that no changes to farm payments should be introduced until a thorough and detailed assessment is provided on the potential impact on jobs and the economy in Carmarthenshire and other parts of Wales and that any transition should take place over a long period of time.

 

Inaddition to the above the Council also believes that it would make sense for the Welsh Government to delay any decision on basic payments for farmers until after a trade deal is agreed between the UK and the European Union in relation to Brexit.”

 

 

Minutes:

[NOTE: Councillors Kim Broom, Cefin Campbell, Mansel Charles, Ann Davies, Arwel Davies, Joseph Davies, Emlyn Dole, Hazel Evans, Linda Evans, Tyssul Evans, Ken Howell, Andrew James, Alun Lenny, Jean Lewis, Emlyn Schiavone, Mair Stephens, Gareth Thomas, A. Vaughan Owen and Eirwyn Williams had earlier declared an interest in this item.  They remained in the meeting for the debate but left prior to the vote being taken.  The Vice-Chair presided over the meeting in the absence of the Chair.]

 

Council considered the following Notice of Motion submitted by Councillor Cefin Campbell:-

 

This Council notes:

 

  • The Welsh Government’s Brexit and Our Land White Paper;
  • The proposals within the paper to scrap Basic Payments for farmers;
  • Thatbasic payments contribute about 80% to farmers’ net profits;
  • That the agriculture industry continues to be a substantial employer in Carmarthenhire and that many SMEs across the county are largely dependent on the sector;
  • That the Welsh Government’s proposals could lead to other landowners, (e.g. third sector organisations, forestry companies, extremely wealthy individuals or organisations) being able to compete for the public funds currently available to farmers.

This Council expresses concern that the Brexit and Our Land consultation paper provides no modelling or assessments of how the proposed changes will impact on the local or national economy.

 

This Council is concerned that the proposed changes could have a negative impact on Carmarthenshire’s countryside and threaten the future of family farms who have supported the economy, community life and the Welsh language in our rural communities for generations.

 

This Council believes that no changes to farm payments should be introduced until a thorough and detailed assessment is provided on the potential impact on jobs and the economy in Carmarthenshire and other parts of Wales and that any transition should take place over a long period of time.

 

Inaddition to the above the Council also believes that it would make sense for the Welsh Government to delay any decision on basic payments for farmers until after a trade deal is agreed between the UK and the European Union in relation to Brexit.”

 

The Motion was duly seconded.

 

The proposer and seconder of the Motion were afforded the opportunity of speaking in support thereof and proceeded to outline the reasons for its submission, as set out in the Motion

 

A number of statements were made in support of the Motion.

Following a requisition by more than 10 members, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 16.4, a recorded vote was taken with the votes casts being as follows:-

 

For the Motion (37)

Councillors F. Akhtar, L. Bowen, D.M. Cundy, S. Curry, G. Davies, H. Davies, I.W. Davies, K. Davies, W.R.A. Davies, J.S. Edmunds, P. Edwards, A. Fox,   J. Gilasbey, C. Harris, T. Higgins, P. Hughes-Griffiths, P.M. Hughes, J.D. James, R. James, D.M. Jenkins, G. John, A.C. Jones, B.W. Jones, D. Jones, G. Jones, K. Madge, S. Matthews, A.G. Morgan, E. Morgan, S. Najmi,          D. Phillips, D. Price, A.D.T. Speake, E.G. Thomas, G. Thomas, J. Tremlett and D. Williams.

 

Against the Motion (0)

 

Abstentions (3)

Councillors K. Lloyd, J. Prosser and B. Thomas.

 

RESOLVED that the Notice of Motion be adopted.