Saturday, 6th February, 2016

Controversial Plan

     In Cwmgwili, Carmarthenshire, a private company called Clean Power Properties plan to build a pyrolysis unit.  No, I didn’t know what that was, either, till I asked around.

   It’s a waste-processing and energy-producing thing.   And it’s meeting with a lot of local opposition, even though the company has explained that it will lessen the amount of stuff going into landfill sites.

     The County Council, which is overseeing the project, has been deluged by letters of protest and there’s a popular petition against it.   And there’s been a protest march right outside where the project was being discussed by those who will be involved in its construction.

     The major things which locals fear the project would harm are possibly harmful emissions and a lessening of visitors to the pretty area.

    I have some sympathy with the protesters:  too much of our land is being “developed” to make money for the few who really benefit from those developments.   I shall keep you posted on any news which comes my way.

More Listeners

     Both Radio Cymru and Radio Wales report increases in their listenership.   Can’t be bad, eh?

      In practical terms, it means that more and more people are becoming clued in to what’s happening in Wales and what other people think about such things.   That, in turn, will strengthen our communities, and our “community spirit”.

     And I’m sure there are folk who do not live in our land who listen to those stations, too, and start to realise that Wales isn’t just a part of Mother England.   Plusses all round.

But It’s Still Not Free!

     When I saw the phrase “cashless payments” used in relation to school meals, I thought there’s been a breakthrough.   It would be good, I thought, to ensure all Welsh youngsters have a proper meal once a day.

      The translation of “cashless payments”, though, is that schoolchildren will simply have top-up cards, so their meals are paid for in advance.   Looks like some kids’ parents are not coughing up the cash as they should.

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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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