Friday, 18 November 2011

Sainsbury's want to muscle in too?


What is it with supermarkets? Aberystwyth has a number already, with an Aldi coming in the near future. The other day it was announced that people might be kicked out of their homes for a Tesco; now it turns out that Sainsbury's want to invade the town too, with a huge out-of-town development on a greenfield site. This would destroy a huge green area and lead to more traffic and journeys, and a further pull out of the Aberystwyth town centre.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Threats to homes

Are there enough houses for everyone in Ceredigion? Obviously developers and the County Council think not, since new greenfield spaces keep getting built on or earmarked for houses. Surely it would be madness to knock down homes to make way for yet more shops and car parks?

It could happen in Aberystwyth. On top of which it is patently unfair to force anyone to leave their home, let alone for shopping; to make money for chain supermarkets and developers.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Identify wildlife

A moth  of some kind awaiting identification...

iSpot is a website aimed at helping anyone identify anything in nature. Once you've registered you can add an observation to the website and suggest an identification yourself or see if anyone else can identify it for you. You can also help others by adding an identification to an existing observation, which you may like to do as your knowledge grows. Your reputation on the site will grow as people agree with you identifications. As well as being a useful community, this seems to offer great educational potential. If you have used it please let us know what you think in the comments.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Cycle paths

In Wales we have a fairly good cycle network and it is improving all the time, opening up options to replace car-culture for something that is cheaper, healthier, environmentally friendly - and fun. We're also lucky that in some cases there is clear provision for different uses.

Unfortunately sometimes people don't observe the distinctions. It is a common complaint from cyclists when pedestrians choose to walk on cycle paths instead of nearby pavement. One example that has been drawn to our attention recently is from Aberystwyth, where there is a route from Plascrug Leisure Centre to Plascrug Park (the route is called Plascrug Avenue - see image above) that has road, pavement for pedestrians, and a cycle path, which should keep everybody happy and safe.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

World Vegan Day

Tuesday was World Vegan Day - an annual event which has been running on 1st November since 1944! As part of the celebrations there was an event in the UK Parliament which culminated in the World Vegan Day debate introduced by vegan MP Kerry McCarthy.