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Last year developers targeted fields around Top Llan Road to build a large number of houses on. Glan Conwy is a small community and the infrastructure is not suitable for this type of development. It is also green belt land. That development was fought and stopped.

Now the council have included the land in their Local Development Plan (LDP). 

The Glan Conwy Preservation Society are set to oppose the inclusion of the land in the LDP. A public meeting will be held at the Church House at 7pm on 28th April.

Lets hope that the council listen to the publics view.

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/where-i-live/conwy-valley-news/2009/04/30/campaign-to-save-glam-conwy-beauty-spot-from-housing-55243-23505205/

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As I wrote in my post of the 3rd December, the huge Gwynt-y-Môr has been given the go-ahead by the Government.

Now, more protests are planned. The protest group Save Our Scenery (SOS) is launching a fighting fund, and a seminar is to be held at Llandudno town hall on December 14th. David Bellamy and Dr Mike Hall will both be on the platform.

SOS secretary, Mike Pritchard said, “This is devastating news but we’re not going to take it lying down”. SOS chairman John Lawson-Reay added, “We have fought for three years to get the Government to see sense and we’re not giving up now”.

The windfarm will be built 10 miles out of Llandudno Bay, but Llandudno Hospitality Association is also opposed to the scheme. Others opposing it are Aberconwy AM Gareth Jones and Clwyd West AM Darren Millar.

The project has the backing of the World Wildlife Fund, however, and a spokesman said, “We need more projects such as Gwynt-y-Môr to help reduce our carbon emissions”.

Whilst I agree that the Government should not have ridden rough-shod over the majority wish for a public enquiry, I do wonder where these badly needed windfarms are going to be located. I’m sure I can’t be in a minority in realising that we need these alternative forms of energy, so where can they be located, if not 10 miles off the coast? They have to go somewhere.

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Approval has been given for the building of a huge wind farm off of the coast at Llandudno. The 250 turbines of the Gwynt y Môr will make this wind farm one of the biggest in the world.

The Welsh assembly had requested that a public enquiry be held, not least beacause of the historic nature of Llandudno and the surrounding environment.

The Wind farm has been approved by the Department of Energy and Climate Change without a public enquiry, however.

 John Lawson-Reay, chairman of Save our Scenery, who campaigned against the wind farm, said he was “shattered” by the scheme’s go-ahead.

“Tourism is the only major industry in Wales basically,” he said.

“Llandudno is the queen of Welsh resorts, as has been often said, and we think and we believe and the views we get from visitors we speak to is that the scenery is the primary number one reason for people coming here.

“They want to get away from industrial areas.”

Gwynt y Môr is the latest wind farm to be approved off the north Wales coast.

North Hoyle, which has 30 turbines and Burbo, which has 25 turbines, are already up and running, while Rhyl Flats, with its 25 turbines, is into the latter half of its construction phase. 

The Welsh assembly Government is now urging businesses to capitalise on the economic opportunities that will arise.

Should a public enquiry have been held? There has been a lot of local opposition, is this another example of the UK Government steam-rolling over the wishes of the people?

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/7762242.stm

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It is reported this week that Tesco is looking at opening a store in Llanrwst.

It appears that many people in the town are against it, especially the small businesses. They should be too. Since Tesco opened a store in Porthmadog many small businesses have struggled, even in towns such as Tremadog and Harlech.

Glyn Davies (of Welshpool), has a blog entitled “A view from rural Wales”, and yesterday wrote a post in favour of Tesco opening a store in Welshpool. To date all the comments on his blog have been against Tesco, but in his replies Mr Morgan Davies is still backing them.

In a reply to a comment made by me Mr Davies says, “Like many I share people’s preference for the small businesses of the town, but I take the view that ‘shopper’s voting with their wallets’ make it inevitable that a new supermarket will come to both Welshpool and Newtown. The planning system is not strong enough to prevent them. Politician’s that suspend reality in order to espouse a populist message are pointless.”

It is to be hoped that the planners involved with any proposed store in Llanrwst are not of the same point of view or all is lost.

“A view from rural Wales”; full post here: http://glyndaviesam.blogspot.com/2008/11/so-tesco-it-is.html

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Congratulations to Councillor Gwilym Euros Roberts for calling for the upgrading of the Conwy valley line. What a boost for the area it would be.dylan jones

Not only would this enable the movement of thousands of tons of slate waste from Blaennau Ffestiniog, but it would be a boon to tourism in the area. 

At a cost of between £19 and £26 million, it would boost the areas economy by more than double that amount, and £26 million is not a lot of money in the greater scheme of things these days.

Dylan jones-Evans called for the line to be upgraded in 2006. lets hope that this time someone takes the call seriously and action is taken to boost the economy of the area.

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Barack Obama is a charismatic man and an eloquent speaker. His victory speech in Grant Park, Chicago was extremely moving.

Listening to the opening few minutes no-one could have been failed to be moved as he told the world, “It’s been a long time coming, but on this day, in this election at this defining moment, change has come to America.”

Just one brief part of a wonderful speech, but I couldn’t help wondering of Obama had been listening to the records of the late Sam Cooke. His moving gospel style song of the early 1960’s contains a very similar line, “it’s been a long time coming, but I know change gonna come.!

I wonder if Barack is a real fan, or just liked the phrase?

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Y11XTAh4V5Y

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=wUT1WgHat6I

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The National Assembly of Wales’ Sustainability Committee has been considering a petition calling for plastic bags to be banned.

The committee have been gathering evidence for six months and has now published it’s report. The report calls for the Welsh Assembly Government to impose a levy on the use of plastic carrier bags at check-outs.

They estimate that a levy of 10p per bag would raise almost £6.5 million per year, which they suggest could be used to fund environmental projects in Wales.

It sounds like a great idea to me.

 

http://www.assemblywales.org/newhome/new-news-third-assembly.htm?act=dis&id=104453&ds=11/2008

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