Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Litter dumping by the stream

A group of people in Llanbadarn Fawr regularly pick litter and clear the stream in Bronpadarn Mansion woods. In contrast the developer who owns the site, Mr Fenton, has contracted builders who have, in sight of dog walkers, tipped builders' rubble and other litter just off the public footpath and into the steep gully which then slides into the stream. On one occassion the dog walker was able to get a vehicle registration number and has a Police Report for this incident.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Bursaries for veganic gardeners in Wales

Anyone considering a career in vegan organic gardening should take a look at the Vegan Organic Network who can offer bursaries to assist students in appropriate cases with the Organic Horticulture courses at the Welsh College of Horticulture, Mold, North Wales.

The college has a 10 acre stockfree farm. For information on the course click here and contact contact Rob Mackey at the college - 01352 841000.

The pick of the green web

There are so many excellent green websites out there, covering every topic - how do you know where to look? CIN is here to help! See our new delicious account - also linked to from a box on the right of the blog.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Clampdown on displays

[From The Cambrian News, Thu 16 Oct 08, p5]

As the article above mentions, there has been a clampdown by Ceredigion County Council, threatening fines for shops which have displays on the pavement.

Towns which have independent shops are more interesting, and keep money in the local economy. Over the years Aberystwyth has lost a lot of independent shops due to being unable to compete with chains and supermarkets, which is a great shame. However Chalybeate Street has fantastic independent shops the town can be proud of - a baker, hardware shop, health shop, hairdresser and greengrocers, amongst others.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Ceredigion County Council plans to encourage traffic

There was a piece in the Cambrian News this week on the counting of traffic coming into Aberystwyth (Cambrian News, 12 November). It is a shame the County Council won't run the same exercise on a school holiday when there is considerably less traffic. Then they would see that if it is school-run related, an unenvironmental bypass is not going to make a difference.

The final line of the article says: "The study is also relevant to any future Llanbadarn Fawr by-pass, reducing daily traffic congestion at Llanbadarn Fawr’s mini-roundabouts, and a feeder lane for traffic heading south from Llanbadarn Fawr." However the study is not relevant as a by-pass is not the most sustainable long term solution for Llanbadarn or Aberystwyth. The inevitable rise in oil prices, the recession and the impact of climate change mean that only through serious investment in reliable, cheap, plentiful alternatives to cars and the school run, will the traffic 'problem' be solved.