Ex-offenders bid halted as site is set for auction
PLANS to house ex-offenders in a Llanelli street have been pulled after the building was put up for auction.
Charity Caer Las, which aims to tackle social exclusion, had hoped to buy the former Moose Hall on Old Castle Road and turn it into a home for six ex-offenders.
Residents in the area were strongly opposed to the proposals, and held a public meeting last month to voice their concerns.
But yesterday Caer Las confirmed it was no longer looking to purchase the building after the owners put it up for auction.
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Head of operations Gerry Allin said the organisation was not allowed to buy the property through an auction due to charity commission rules.
But secretary of the residents' action committee Christine Clarke said the group would not stop fighting the plans until they were sure they were not going ahead.
She said: "It's a nice thought to think it is all over, but we are going to watch this space.
"There's nothing we can do. We are still collecting signatures and we will continue to do so.
"We want to make sure we keep an eye on Caer Las.
"The thought of what they wanted to do was horrendous."
She said the building was set to go up for auction on November 29.
"I know the housing for ex-offenders has to go somewhere and these people have to have a chance," she said. "We don't have a good feeling about this."
Elli councillor John Jenkins also said residents were waiting to see what would happen at the auction.
"It is fantastic news, but lots of things don't get sold, so Caer Las could still end up getting it," he said.
"We are hoping someone nice buys it.
"I would hope the owner has seen the residents' response."