Saturday, 24th May, 2014.

Power To The People

     Tal-y-Bont is not a very big village.   It’s set among some pretty scenery just North of Aberystwyth in Ceredigion.   I’ve passed through the pleasant place many times on my journeys through Wales.

It’s small enough for villagers to know each other and, when there’s a need, get together and do something for their village.   Recently, they stood together on what was, I believe, an important issue.

The Maes-y-Deri estate was earmarked by Tai Ceredigion – the Community housing organisation – as a place to build more “affordable” houses.   They planned to build ‘em on the small strip of land alongside the estate.

However, locals decided they wanted to keep that piece of grass as somewhere for their children to play.   Tai Ceredigion retorted that not enough locals were using the space.   Giving the signal which the Welsh archers gave to the French at Agincourt, the locals carried on with their protest – and won the day!

The narrow piece of grass is now elevated to village-green status and, if Tai Ceredigion want to build those houses, it’s up to them to find a suitable place.

Well done, the people of Tal-y-Bont!

Ecological Technology

     If you’ve never visited Plas Newydd, a mansion on Sir Fon (Anglesey), do so if you possibly can.   It’s a fine building and echoes a past when the future looked bright – well, for the rich, anyway.

Now, the historic old place has been adapted to contemporary – and ecologically sound – technology.

It’s collection of historic military uniforms will be kept safe from damp by using a heat-pump which, for those who are as technologically unaware as I, is powered somehow by sea water.   And, unlike gas or oil, that’s a commodity which doesn’t have to be imported.

It will save the National Trust about £40,000 a year in heating costs.

Now there’s a great idea!

Did You Hear The News?

     No, neither did it.   That was because I was the other side of Offa’s Dyke and only able to hear radio broadcasts from the London-based BBC.

The rather nasty flash-floods which hit South Wales this week were never mentioned.   And they caused serious problems, and the rescue-services were at full stretch for a while.

Homes were flooded, farmland was awash and businesses were badly affected.

One must ask the question “Why wasn’t Wales’ flash-flooding mentioned on mainstream radio?   I suppose the answer from the “British” Broadcasting Corporation might be:  “Well, it’s only Wales and not a lot of people would be interested.”

What do you think?

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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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