Saturday, 6 February 2016

Peace Tree Planting in Aberystwyth



A peace tree will be planted at Queen's Square, Aberystwyth (opposite the Town Library) on 12 February 2016 at 12:30. Come along! More information here.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Scallop Dredging In Cardigan Bay



There's a Welsh Government Consultation called "Scallop Fishing in Cardigan Bay – New Management Measures". We'd recommend responding to it if you care about our marine environment.

How to respond - one of the following
Consultation responses must be submitted by 17th February 2016.

Suggestions for consultation response

The consultation can be completed very quickly and straightforwardly using the on-line form or email.

Q 2. Do you agree with the introduction of a Scallop permit scheme which would apply to Cardigan Bay, allowing conditions to be applicable out to 12 nautical miles?

No! Reject the idea that Cardigan Bay SAC should be opened up to damaging dredging. You can reply to this question and no other. You can include reasons in the open box, Question 17.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

More Houses Planned, Part 2


[Post updated - see end.] 

We've mentioned in the past that Ceredigion County Council have been working with developers to build a number of new housing estates on greenfield sites. This one in Llanbadarn Fawr would include 48 houses and totally wipe out another meadow, one of the only large greenspaces still remaining in Llanbadarn Fawr.

We've been told that there will be a Site Inspection Panel of the Development Control Committee at the site at 11.30am, 18th December 2015 (i.e. when most people will be in work so won't be able to observe). These are the details shared last time:

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SUMMARY

Planning application number: A140679, Applicant Mr Tony Bates

Proposal: New housing estate on Primrose Hill, Brynteg site (48 houses on greenfield site)

Summary: Ceredigion County Council have been working with developers to build a new housing estate in some natural meadows in Llanbadarn Fawr. Many people believe that it would be inappropriate to build houses there. If you agree then you can contact the Council to comment on or object to this proposal. There are some things you might like to consider below.

Objections to:
  • [Post] Head of lifestyle Services, Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron SA46 0PA. 
  • [Email] planning@ceredigion.gov.uk (FAO Head of Lifestyle Services).

POSSIBLE REASONS FOR OBJECTING

Friday, 4 December 2015

Syria Bombing

Strange. Air strikes aren't going for the areas where Daesh [IS]
is in control, they're generally targeting areas where there are
fewer Daesh members and more civilians. [Source: BBC]

Well, the vote is in, Britain once again decides it is a good idea to drop more bombs onto civilian areas because - amongst the people living there - there are "bound to be some bad 'uns". What could go wrong? How could that possibly fuel global hate and increase terrorist recruitment? Conveniently for the Government, once the UK undertakes military action the media are pushed to suppress anything critical of the country's military, and the news stories on this will hide all the other things the Government plan to do to education, pensions, the environment, privacy and so on. Poverty, unemployment, inequality, and the environment can't compete with explosives that send our limited national resources up in smoke (some missiles cost up to £1 million - that's a lot of nurses/CABs/trees planted/education funded). Ever been curious about the cost? This is one estimate.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Fix My Street!


Ceredigion County Council are a pain to contact (often ignoring you, or making it difficult to get in touch e.g. providing broken forms rather than letting you email them), so it is worth bookmarking Fix My Street - a site which lets you report local problems such as graffiti, fly tipping, broken paving slabs, or street lighting. Not only does it take away the pain of contacting the Council, but since the problem is made public it is an incentive for the Council to act rather than ignore it.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Protect Cardigan Bay

"Welsh government plans to reopen Cardigan Bay to destructive dredging suggest it’s an even worse defender of our key conservation areas than Westminster – and that’s quite a feat" George Monbiot
The Welsh Government are currently consulting on proposals to open up Cardigan Bay to Scallop dredging. This is a highly damaging method of fishing which destroys the seabed. Much of Cardigan Bay is supposedly protected as 'Special Areas of Conservation' yet the seabed in these areas is under threat and the species that rely on a productive ecosystem, such as bottlenose dolphin and porpoise, are also under threat. Please sign the petition against this proposal, and find out more in this Guardian article.