Saturday, 21st February, 2015.

Power To The Proper People!

     Terry Hands has had a long run as Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru.   And he has spoken out – and rightly so – about businessmen and accountants who run Welsh theatres.

Quite rightly, too.   But the problem doesn’t just cover our theatres.

So many Welsh organisations are run by the same sort of people as Terry mentions.   The more successful organisations are run by people who understand the organisation, rather than by some sort of remote committee.   Those understanding people usually love the aims and objectives of the organisation they’re running.

They know where the available money should be spent.

And most of them do their jobs on a voluntary basis.

It is a true saying that “a camel is a horse designed by a committee”!

It’s Renovation Time!

          As I wander through our special land, I notice that there are many places which could do with a good tidy-up.

Such tidying would not only make Wales more attractive to visitors, but also cheer up the people who live in those places.

And now, that’s about to happen!   A few million pounds are going to be spent renovating seven of our Welsh towns.   The renovation, it’s said, is to remove “building eyesores”.   And the towns will have to pay the cash back, unfortunately.

Knowing those seven towns, I find them attractive as they are, but improvements could be made.

Whilst on this subject, I have to mention the really sad and unattractive thing about our town-centres.   It is the fact that there are many, many shops standing empty wherever I go.

These are, mainly, smaller premises which were once used by local businesses.   Alas, when the big-boys move in, solid family businesses and the like suffer.   They cannot compete in price with the supermarkets.   And shopping online is, according to some people, a disloyal act when there are local shops which can supply most goods.

I have mentioned, for instance, the “development” of places like Aberystwyth, where older properties – still in good order – are being bulldozed to make room for supermarkets.

Perhaps the developers should be made accountable to committees run by local people who love the coziness of their home-towns.

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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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