This week the bulldozers moved in on Aberystwyth University's Llanbadarn Campus halls of residence, home to so many students over the years. The demolition of the halls is expected to take many weeks.
What will be the long-term fate of the campus? There has been no announcement from the University yet, and no consultation with residents of Llanbadarn Fawr, so it is impossible to say what the current plans of the University are. There are many other questions. Will those demolishing the halls damage any of the green areas and trees? Will the campus be replaced with a housing estate? What will be the impact on Coleg Ceredigion, University Departments and the local community? Will the current green spaces on the beautiful campus be retained and protected? CIN members will be monitoring developments on the campus.
The lower part of the campus is an important liminal area that connects the university to the local community. Locals use this area constructively for walking or running; playing; picnics and a place to read a book in the summer; and in autumn the historic orchard continues to be a respected natural place where people can pick apples, damsons, blackberries and plums.
The University has a reputation for building on greenfield sites. Let us hope that in this case they consult with the local community and groups such as CIN, Transition Towns, Greener Aberystwyth Group and the Woodland Trust.
Before the bulldozers...
Here are some images of the Llanbadarn Campus recording how it looked a few weeks before the bulldozers moved in. Click images to enlarge.
[A view across the meadow]
[View to Aberystwyth]
[Area left uncut as wild meadow - walking by here you will hear thousands of crickets!]
[More apples - there are many species]