Friday, 14 June 2013

Ceredigion County Council - ignoring you when they feel like it

Is this a new member of staff in Ceredigion County Council?

We've mentioned many times in the past the frustrations of contacting Ceredigion County Council. Emails to their main contact address are routinely ignored. One of our own from over a month ago still hasn't even had an acknowledgement. Sadly this isn't an exception, it seems to be the norm, and we've heard many other people voice this complaint. Emails and letters ignored, no matter how many times you follow it up: only by making a formal complaint do you then have a chance of getting a response. What does the Council do all day? Oh, I forgot, they're busy making plans to knock down homes.

We've been copied into emails illustrating a good example of the complete ineptitude of the Council. We'll summarise the chain of events here.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Aberystwyth event this Saturday

Want to forget about Ceredigion Homewrecking County Council for a while on Saturday 15th June? Good news then!

Animal Rescue Cymru will be supporting Hillside Animal Sanctuary and having a stall at Bethel Baptist Chapel Vestry, Baker St. Aberystwyth (opposite the Treehouse).

Face painting, stalls etc.

Doors open at 10.30am and close at 4pm.

They are also asking for any donations of bric-a-brac for a stall, take things along or ring 01545 561205 in advance.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Making the Connection

This 30 minute film explores lifestyles which combine healthy food with tackling many of the ethical and global challenges facing us today and into the future. It is divided into eight chapters and features a dietician, an MP, chefs, farmers, an elite athlete, and environmental groups. It explains how diet affects your health, the environment, the animals and a growing world population.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

CCC Homewreckers again

Ceredigion County Council went ahead and voted to forcibly remove someone from their home so it can be bulldozed to make way for more shops - even though the development could have gone ahead without destroying homes. See this post for background. Ceredigion County Council are homewreckers. The leader of the Council is Ellen ap Gwynn, who supports this completely. So much for Plaid Cymru caring about people's homes. She has also ignored communications on this issue, despite Councillors being obligated to reply.

The topic was covered by the Cambrian News here - but they omitted the fact that the original footprint of land on offer didn't include this row of houses, and the development could go ahead without destroying homes. The County Council have done their best to avoid mentioning this fact, which seems incredibly dishonest as well as callous. They could have this scheme and still have the houses, they've just chosen not to.

The other dishonesty is that the Council claim this will 'create jobs', that meaningless promise designed to make silly plans look good. However, the number of residents in the town will not go up (in fact, it will go down if the Council get their way in demolishing town homes). There is a limited market of buyers, so custom going to the new shops will be instead of custom going to the existing shops in the town, and the independents. There is only a limited pot of money. Jobs created in one place will lead to the loss from others when they're competing (and all the supermarkets are with each other and with the local independent shops, which are the first to close since they can't compete with the loss-leader tactics of a multinational). Then when independents close we'll lose jobs from the town, and find the jobs we're left with are low-pay, low-satisfaction, low-skill work. And the County Council will be responsible for that. Remember that at the next elections, and don't vote for homewreckers!