Cornish decision victory for small farm, says TFA

16 July 1999

Cornish decision victory for small farm, says TFA

THE Tenant Farmers Association has described Cornwall County Councils decision not to sell its agricultural estate as a "victory for the family farm".

The council had been considering following the lead of other local authorities by selling off all of its 4450ha (11,000-acre) farm estate, but councillors voted this week in favour of retaining the farms.

George Dunn, TFA chief executive, said: "We are really pleased that Cornwall has decided not to sell its farms.

"This is a victory for the family farm and the traditional structure of agriculture in the south-west."

He explained that the TFA had argued that the council had a legislative duty under the 1970 Agriculture Act to provide farms as part of its responsibilities to new entrants and the wider economy.

Wiltshire County Council abandoned its proposed sell-off last year when the TFA used the same argument.

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