Texaco refinery offers to buy neighbouring village

The oil company Texaco has made what appears to be an offer unprecedented in Britain to buy up homes next door to its Pembroke refinery as a "good neighbour" gesture. The company says that the village of Rhoscrowther is at no risk from the site, but incidents at the refinery have provoked persistent public complaints.

Rhoscrowther consists of 36 homes some 300 yards from the 545-acre refinery's perimeter fence. The village has 101 inhabitants.

On 31 July, Texaco offered to buy private properties in the village at an agreed market value. This would be higher than the going rate for the village, where prices are depressed by the plant's proximity. Texaco also offered to buy properties for South Pembrokeshire District Council to replace the 19 council hou

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