Saturday, 11th January, 2014.

Ecology vs. Economy

     In the BrechfaForest area of Carmarthenshire, there is much local opposition to a wind-farm being sited there.   The anti-campaign has gone on for a very long time.

If it happens, the turbines – “windmills” to you and me – will be the tallest in the whole of Wales.   And the power-lines from them will go through a forested area.

Carmarthenshire Council wants to have the power-lines buried rather than strung along with poles.   So looks like that Council, which is elected by local people, is ignoring the opposition.

Official approval has already been give to the project.   And new plans have been made public, showing the route the power-lines will take.

This proposed blot on the landscape will go ahead, mark my words.   There’ll be the usual “It will create jobs”, “It’s vital to the economy”, “It will help to stop climate-change”, etcetera.   Little will be said about who’s going to make money out of the scheme.

Local folk will be able to put forward their views at a forthcoming meeting.   But will those views be heeded?

A Council Money Saver

     Gwynedd Council has come up with a plan to save public-money.

The Council do not say that is the plan, but when volunteers have been recruited and trained to clear local roads when it snows, it will cost nothing.

The “it will create jobs” rhetoric is, in fact, true!   But they won’t be jobs which pay wages.   The Snow Eagles (catchy name for volunteer labour, eh?) will be responsible for a small, pilot area.   And emphasis is put – by the Council – that they will not clear roads already done by paid Council-workers.

But the obvious question is:  “Is this the thin end of the wedge?”

A Sad Way To Fame

     The attention of the whole of our land was drawn to the plight of Aberystwyth when the storms and spring-tides attacked the town.   The damage caused made headline news in Welsh newspapers.

Not only that:  my spies in Mother England assured me that the news had been on their tellies.   And one local newspaper in the English Midlands ran a piece about Aber’s plight on its front page!

The Bath Rock shelter on the seafront, put there in the 1920s, was really knocked about.   It’s a Grade II-listed building and will have to be removed.

The good news is that it can be repaired!   Let us hope there’s enough money in Aberystwyth Council’s kitty to do those repairs and put the historic building back on its original site.

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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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