Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Deadline for responses to Tesco planning application in Machynlleth

If the planning application for the large Tesco in Machynlleth is approved it could signal the end for many of the small, independent shops that make the place so interesting to visit, and which keep the money from trade within the local economy. Small is beautiful!

Responses to Powys must be received by the end of this week, Friday 31 July, so if you are going to object to the application please do so ASAP. Because the deadline is so close you should send objections by email to planning.services@powys.gov.uk; sample letters and background material can be seen on the 'Keep Mach Special' website. Their site includes some links to sources of information about the importance of small independent shops and market towns.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Veggie days spread

Not long ago we covered a Belgian city having a weekly veggie day. It must be spreading - now Israel is looking to do the same with their 'Vegetarian Monday' initiative.

Aberystwyth next?

Bypass no-go-go

News from Alun Williams' blog:
LLanbadarn Bypass Disappears
In news that will delight local environmentalists, the proposed Llanbadarn Fawr Bypass near Aberystwyth has slipped off the National Assembly's radar altogether in their latest National Transport Plan.
Read his blog for the rest of the text. Great news!

Friday, 24 July 2009

'Meat causes cancer' links

The site 'Kill or cure? Help to make sense of the Daily Mail’s ongoing effort to classify every inanimate object into those that cause cancer and those that prevent it' has a number of links in the 'meat causes cancer' section.

Thursday, 16 July 2009


We don't normally promote websites that aren't specifically on environmental issues, but the Crappy Customer Service (CCS) blog has featured an article on The Co-operative Bank, and the bank's new scheme which seems to be environmentally wasteful. Many environmentalists use The Co-operative Bank because of their ethical policy, but this may make some of them think twice.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Tree vandalism in the woods

Update, Thu 16 July 09, reply received from CCC:
"I visited the site the day after receiving your e mail. I spoke to the workmen who told me that they were working on a site in Aberystwyth that day, because they could not reach the Bronpadarn site as the Gaz Men had closed the access by digging trenches. This has been confirmed by the Police who were called in by a Doctor who lives on site and could not go out on to the main road.The workmen received a call from Ben Davies(ex County Councillor) who lives nearby . He had seen smoke coming from the direction of the trees, he also saw 2 young. lads running away.I have since interviewed Ben who has confirmed the above. He also witnessed the workmen struggling for about 40 minutes trying to put the fire out. I have interviewed the men further since my chat with Ben and I have no reason to believe that they are lying. As far as the trees are concerned, Ben feels that they will recover as did a similar tree that he has in his garden which also went on fire a few years ago Again sorry for the delay in getting back to you."

The depressing housing development in the Llanbadarn Fawr Woods (planning application A080487, by Mr M Fenton) took a twist last week. One of the grounds for objection had been the inevitable damage that would follow if Ceredigion County Council allowed Mr Fenton to build more houses in this sensitive woodland location. Last week they were proved right when a number of trees were badly burned.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Wildlife Walks, all welcome

There are a series of Biodiversity Walks organised in the Aberystwyth area in the near future. Some have already taken place, but see below for others, The walks are open to all. People with mobility issues should get in touch with the organiser Chloe (thegardenexchange@gmail.com, or phone Mon-Wed 07966 018062) to find out which walks might be suitable for them. All walks leave the Mind building on Mill Street, by the Trefenter bridge, promptly at 3pm. Walks will finish at approximately 5pm. You will need to dress appropriately for the weather, whether that might be sunblock and a hat, or a raincoat! Sturdy shoes are advisable. The aim of the walks is to discover the range and variety of wildlife, especially plant life, that occurs in our area.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Badger cull - please respond before 30th July

Baby badgers being fed

As readers may know, Elin Jones of the Welsh Assembly Government recently stated her intention to go ahead with the - as near as possible - total eradication of badgers in North Pembrokeshire, as part of a raft of measures in that area against bovine TB. WAG have now put up a Public Consultation on their website.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

More research about vegetarians

On 15th June The Guardian ran an article 'Scientists warn consumption of processed meat linked to cancer':
A dramatic fall in the consumption of processed meat such as bacon and ham would stop around 3,700 people a year from developing bowel cancer.
Today they had an article with the headline 'Vegetarians less likely to develop cancer than meat eaters, says study':