Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Trees In Conservation Areas


Greener Aberystwyth Group (GAG) have just put up a scan of a Ceredigion Council leaflet about trees in conservation areas - lots of useful info in the leaflet which is in Welsh and English. GAG are a worthwhile group to follow, via either their website or Facebook.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Where Does All The Money Go? A Mini Rant


We're used to seeing public money get wasted in Ceredigion. Pointless alterations to train stations; digging up green areas when there are already enough paths; scrabbling for ideas to spend money; and Ceredigion County Council spending money to enable supermarkets to come to the county and suck money out of the region (in opposition to local independent shops which would keep it in the county and make it a more interesting place to live and visit, rather than becoming the same as everywhere else).

Ah. All that money spent on the train station. And the 
one thing customers are often desperate for - the toilet - 
continues to be closed whenever you need it.

We won't even go into all the money the council wasted on its Unitary Development Plan (UDP)/Local Development Plan (LDP) debacle. These documents are still used by the Council as justifications for granting planning permission to developers (often to build on greenfield sites), as if the things the Council put in these documents many years ago (and well out-of-date now) can be used later on to justify developments. Many people spent days responding to the awful UDP, only to find that the Council then dropped it anyway when the UDP was thrown out by the Welsh Government as being no good.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Red Kites And Hunters


Sometimes hunting feels like something far away, where scumlord British bankers and US dentists spend their leisure time eradicating endangered wildlife. But the view that we can do what we want to other species is on our doorstep too.

In Wales we're lucky to have the red kite, after concerted efforts to re-establish them. Red kites used to be widespread and common in the UK, but they were gradually killed off by farmers and gamekeepers by the end of the 19th Century.

"Once one of the commonest British birds of prey, the Red Kite became virtually extinct in this country. Farmers, convinced it was taking their lambs, would put down poison to kill it. The rarer it became, the greater became the value of its eggs to collectors in recent years. Today, after a sustained programme of reintroduction and protection, and after the prosecution of a number of illegal egg collectors, the Red Kite is once more a relatively common sight in Wales - if one knows where to look!" (Source)

We need to watch against a recurrence of the short-sighted prejudice of any farmers and gamekeepers who kill birds of prey.