Saturday, 9th November, 2013.

Getting The Wind Up?

     It cost 48K – forty-eight thousand pounds – of tax-payers’ money to put up a wind-turbine outside the Welsh Assembly Government’s offices in Aberystwyth.   The project was to bring electricity to the place, and thus saving more tax-payers’ money.

The turbine, it has now been revealed, generates all of five quid’s worth of electricity a month.   Wonder which office-wallah decided to have that construction.   Well, it was probably decided by a Committee.

I heard a spokesman for the construction company, which is based in nearby Machynlleth, saying that the reasons for its inefficiency – the turbine’s, that is – are that it is a mile away from the sea-shore and in a valley.   Therefore, it does not catch the wind properly.

Does anyone know which valley protects old Aber from the wind?   I know both the Ystwyth and the Rheidol flow into the sea there, but the land around them, and around Aber, seems pretty flat to me.

Wonder why the engineers who took on the task of constructing the turbine didn’t realise all that before they accepted the contract and, later, the money?

More Excitement In Aber

     The band-stand in that bustling town is to be demolished.   It was sited on the sea-front.

Now, there is much heated debate.   It seems the planned replacement is too big to suit locals’ aesthetic tastes.

And, I suppose, a big building may deflect some of the wind which the above-mentioned turbine needs to produce all that electricity.

Not Jerry-Built!

     A few years ago – well, four-hundred years to be exact – a lovely stone bridge was built on the road between Trefriw, Dolgarrog and Llanrwst, Conwy.   It still stands, its graceful arches a joy to see – and to photograph as many visitors would agree.

Alas, there are precious few horse-and-carts using the bridge now.   Heavy lorries and much general motor traffic have used it over the years.

Now, the Listed monument is showing signs of wear.   And, yes, lovely things like this can be classed as monuments.   They are monuments to good planning and good workmanship.   Which is why, come wind or high water, it has stood for four centuries.

It is, at the moment, closed for repairs.   And, hopefully, it will become protected for future generations to enjoy and use.

That really will be money well spent.

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About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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