Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Aberystwyth posed to become another identikit chain-store town


CIN had posted about the opportunity to object to the ruinous Mill Street developments. Here's a guest post we were asked to put up.



It was with disappointment, but not surprise, that I heard that the Tesco planning permission had been approved.

According to the BBC news story, "After the decision, council leader Ellen ap Gwynn said: 'Now that the statutory process has been completed, work on the Mill Street development can begin in earnest.'" I remember going to the packed Morlan Centre debate about this proposal and I can recall hearing various Plaid Cymru councillors speak against this proposal. What’s changed? They’re now in power.

But I don’t want to turn this into a political point, because I think whoever was in power would have voted this through – it’s their ‘big idea’ so they’re bound to support it. The plans were approved by Ceredigion's development control (aka planning) committee on 13th November 2013 by 19 votes to one. The only person sensible and brave enough to object was Mark Strong, saying he didn’t want to face independent shopkeepers struggling and telling him he’d “made a mistake” in three years’ time (reference). Well done Mark! (The list of who is on the committee can be found here, and if you don’t know who all those surnames are, their full  names and council elected areas are here - everyone except for Mark voted for the development).

Friday, 22 November 2013

Aberystwyth Coast Care Group


Aberystwyth Coast Care Group is starting this Sunday, 24th November. They carry out beach cleans in Aberystwyth on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.
All welcome! Equipment Provided. Meeting at The Pier at 11.00am.
They looking forward to seeing you there!
For more information email or go to their Facebook page.
Join in and help to prevent this from happening. It's a worthy cause, and CIN members often take part in litter picks.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Ceredigion's MP wants to overturn protection laws


Sadly Mark Williams, MP for Ceredigion, wants to repeal the Hunting Act (which exists to protect wildlife from being killed for fun, or for barbaric traditions). His decision signals support for hunting and killing wildlife.

Hopefully his support is a waste of time since there are no plans to discuss this in Parliament, but it is still disgraceful that MPs attempt to grub votes from the more primitive members of their constituency by trying to overturn protective laws. It's not a surprise to see his name on the list with the pro-hunt Conservatives (see image). You'll find full lists of MPs and their position on the topic here.

[In the interests of balance it should be mentioned that Mark Williams is very pro-public transport, which is obviously a very good thing.]

Saturday, 16 November 2013

The Earth is a living thing



A video about our impact on the Earth, and honouring some people who fought to protect it.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Allotments


Allotments are a great idea for those without gardens (which will be an increasing amount of people as the population grows). Above is a short article from The Big Issue which talks about the changes to allotment availability in Wales.

Ceredigion County Council are doing a good job of hiding theirs - I couldn't find anything on their site about allotments, whether by browsing or searching. Probably because there are such long waiting lists to get one. Ceredigion were one of the counties trying to double the costs for using them, which would make them financially unviable. There's a brief summary elsewhere.

Additional: Ceredigion County Council recently updated their website. Surely it was an opportunity to add information about allotments in the county? They didn't take it. They responded to our request about this on 21st November 2013: "Unfortunately there is currently no information on our website relating to the Council managed allotments."

To be honest, that makes sense. If they included information about their statutory requirements to provide allotments, it might make it easier for people to find out about or apply for them! Craziness. No, much better to spend money on making the website more confusing to navigate, whilst refusing to put up information about services people want to know about and use.