Target: Pembrokeshire County Council
Goal: Save a young family from homelessness by halting the destruction of their efficient eco-house
According to an article in the Daily Mail, a couple’s newly constructed home is under threat of being bulldozed by the Pembrokeshire County Council Planning Committee. Charlie Hague and Megan Williams were living in a caravan and wanted to move into their own home before their son, Eli, was born. The only way the couple could afford to do so was by constructing a home made of wood and other natural materials because of the rising housing costs in the area, a result of the thriving tourist industry in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.
The couple’s house is beautiful and unique. Dubbed the “Hobbit house” by the Daily Mail, the house is akin to Bilbo Baggins’ cottage in the popular movie The Lord of the Rings. After successfully completing their dream home with the principles of sustainability in mind, the couple also decided to raise their own livestock and grow their own vegetables on the property as well.
While the couple failed to get permission from the council to build their home prior to completing construction, that is not why the council has demanded they tear down their beloved home. According to the council, the couple must destroy their home because it is an eyesore and brings down the property value of other homes in the neighborhood, not because they failed to follow protocol. To put a young family out on the streets is outrageous in itself, but this is especially devastating because their home was built to be innovative and make the best possible use of the land and its natural resources—something we should all be striving to do in a society built upon excessive waste and environmental inefficiency.
To tear down this house simply because the council thinks it is ugly is unacceptable. Demand that the council let the young family keep the home they worked so hard to build by signing the petition below.
Dear Pembrokeshire County Councillors,
I am writing this letter in support of Charlie Hague and Megan Williams of Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. The couple has recently pleaded to your planning committee to allow them to keep the home they invested so much time and money in, and your committee has refused them.
Although one house in the grand scheme of things is small, denying a family who will have no place else to go once you destroy their home simply because your committee feels it is ugly is disgustingly inhumane. Not to mention, their home is founded on principles of environmental efficiency and sustainability.
This couple is attempting to set an example and help make the world a better place, and all you would be doing by demolishing their home is showing the world that Pembrokeshire does not want to preserve the local environment for future generations. I urge you to allow this environmentally conscious young family to remain in the home that they worked so hard to construct.
[Your Name Here]
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