Friday, 7 March 2014
Apparently Tesco have already applied for a second site within Aberystwyth town centre (19-21 North Parade).
That's what happens when weak councils encourage supermarkets into a town - it gets swamped as each supermarket vies for domination. Choice is destroyed, and you end up with big out-of-town developments which increase car journeys, or smaller in-town developments that destroy the business of local independent shops. Aberystwyth already has 3 Spars, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, CKs, Morrisons, and others being built (at the expense of homes)... Welcome to generic identikit town 24.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Save the Mellowcroft holistic eco-retreat from demolition by Powys County Council. You can sign the petition here. It seems that supermarkets can get away with awful developments, and dodgy developers can be let off the hook, but eco-friendly independent developments in tune with nature are targeted by planning departments.
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Did you know that most teabags are not biodegradable?
"Why's that? Tealeaves and paper are fine for my compost!"
True, those things are, but the major tea companies add plastic to their teabags. When you pour hot water on your teabag you're also steeping polypropylene (plastic) in your cuppa; and it isn't biodegradable. If you grow organic then bear in mind that the teabags will be adding plastic into your compost.
Most tea companies try to hide this unsavoury fact: they don't want you to know about it, and when you do raise your concerns they tell you "it's an industry-wide practice". Oh, so that's alright then - they're saying that if most companies do something you don't agree with, you shouldn't be concerned! Poppycock. The reason more people haven’t complained is because tea companies keep it quiet, and let people think tea bags are just paper. You can learn more about the issue here and here (Which?); a roundup on a recycling blog was done in 2011.
We'll break down the companies based on their use (or not) of plastic. If we know the Ethical Consumer score (out of 20) we'll include it in square brackets after the name.
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Monday, 3 February 2014
Here's an Aberystwyth sight you'll never see again
Ceredigion County Homewrecking Council's policies are now business-wrecking too. We're already feeling the first impacts of their plans to bring big supermarkets in to Aberystwyth, which they will push through regardless of opposition.
This time it is Aberystwyth's only independent greengrocer, Morris And Son. It closed on Christmas Eve 2013. Not only was it a great business, selling the things that make us healthier, but they were friendly and offered a personal service, free delivery, cheap prices, and minimal packaging.
Why did they close? High business rates, harrassment from the council about parking and their lovely display, competition from the supermarkets that the County Council had already allowed into Aberystwyth, and the knowledge that with the new developments things will only get worse. A perfect example of how the County Council and their decisions finished off local independent business in favour of big multinationals that suck money out of the area.
Friday, 31 January 2014
We'd already pointed out that Ceredigion County Council were pushing ahead with their home-wrecking and town-wrecking schemes. The Council has now sent out letters about it. Here's a sample.
Note all the weird codes in 2.