Monthly Archives: July 2011


Bridgend Green Party will be meeting at:8.00pm on 21st of July

The Lounge of THe Coity Castle P.H. (3 mins walk from Bridgend Station)

NB – the Pub is actually between Llynfi Lane and the B4181 (Tremains Road)
The arrow points to a chapel. You will not find me there!

Items for the agenda by Sunday evening please.

Power for the People – FREE PV solar panels and a community funding stream!!

I have joined a steering committee for a fabulous new initiative focussed on Bridgend County, that promises immense benefits towards both our environmental and social goals.

Power for the People supports the introduction to households of free PV solar panels and offers a funding stream to charities/social enterprises.

Climate change threatens the basic elements of life and the people most affected will be those that are already the most vulnerable around the world. Average global temperature could increase by 4 degrees Celsius in the next eighty years. Energy and electricity prices are also set to increase dramatically. As such this is as much a social issue as an environmental one.

Our friends at Sustainable Wales have taken the initiative and are currently working alongside a new consortium, called ‘G- Cell’, of social enterprises across S Wales whom are expecting to offer households in their boroughs free pv solar panels and up to £150 free electricity annually. Our ambition for phase one is to help 5000 south-facing low-income households install maintenance-free, pv solar panels.

We are working one strategies to get as many people signed up as possible before the end of March 2012, as the generous Feed-In Tariffs are only going to be available until then. The next steering meeting is on the 28th July.

I will give more details at the Bridgend Green Meeting next week. Or email me or phone me on 078 1066 3241.


Camp Frack – register your interest

Start: Sep 16th 2011 6:00 PM

End: Sep 19 2011 12:00 PM

Where: Near Singleton Village, the Fylde, near Blackpool

Weekend of 17th-18th September.
Put this date in your diary more info soon.

Join the resistance to the fracking invasion! Stop the massive expansion of shale gas extraction in the UK! We need renewables – not another source of fossil fuel!

ImageCamp Frack will be close to the operating rig at Singleton, near Blackpool. It will be organised with the support of a local landowner. It will involve workshops on shale gas, and on planning the campaign against it. It will involve raising local awareness about the problems with shale gas and an action day of peaceful protest against the drilling activities currently in progress in the Blackpool area.

Register your interest by putting your e-mail address on the page link below. They will send you more information as soon as it is available. If you are interested in getting a coach from London then please tick the box. This will give them an idea of numbers and help us plan transport.

Happy Birthday Amnesty International

Of all the things British people have invented, this is the one we should should feel proudest of. It is is something we can all take pride in personally supporting. A letter to all members on its 50th Anniversary:

Dear Andy,

On our 50th anniversary we were delighted to receive a special personal video message from Aung San Suu Kyi. Click here or on the video above to watch now

In it she pays tribute to the work we have done over 50 years and thanks us for our efforts for prisoners of conscience. Please take a few minutes to watch the video and be reminded of what your support makes possible.


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Time To Stand Up to Murdoch

This week could be the week when people power stops Rupert Murdoch.

It looks like in the next few days MPs will get a chance to stand up to Murdoch by voting against his BSkyB powergrab.

But, Rupert Murdoch has flown in to take charge of his fightback. His media empire will be piling pressure on MPs urging them to back his bid. A people powered flood of messages from thousands of us can persuade our MPs to stand up to Murdoch.

Please email your MP now It only takes 2 minutes via this link:

Update on Pippa Bartolotti and the ‘flytilla’

Keith Ross reports:

The situation is a little confused as we have also had reports that Pippa made it through. At one point she was interviewed by RT (Russian English Language News Channel) in the arrivals lounge – but she may have been subsequently arrested.

One report described the arrests as “rough”, whereas the latest report from inside one of the prisons indicates that the detainees are being treated well.

You can follow the developing situation on the Swansea Action for Palestine site:

We’re expecting the detainees to be returned to the UK either today or tomorrow.

One UK person gets through Israeli blockade – our very own Pippa Bartolotti

Wales Green Party Deputy Leader, Pippa Bartolotti, has been a prominent campaigner for justice for the Palestinian people for a long time now.


Watch her and listen to her here:

And read more about her campaigns here:

No response from Carwyn Jones yet.

My call to Carwyn Jones to publicly declare his stance on the fracking issue has so far yielded no response. You may recall the open letter I published a few weeks ago. It was published in the Western Mail and South Wales Echo on 18th June (and here online: and an edited version is in this weeks Glamorgan Gazette (7 July, pg 32, lead letter)Still stoney silence from Carwyn Jones. Speaks for itself, doesn’t it?


I would urge all Green Party members to get involved in this consultation exercise – especially by looking at the proposals for your local area or areas you know well. As you will see there are a numerous ways of taking a look at it and giving your views. Please consider impacts in terms of not just the obvious environmental aspects, but also in terms of social equality, implications for energy use, and improving the lives of the poor and vulnerable. What follows is directly from the BCBC website:

This consultation is about the draft deposit Local Development Plan (LDP) The Local Development Plan is a legal document which will set out the planning policies in the county borough up to 2021. It will be used to decide planning applications and to guide and promote development which is in the public interest. The policies in the plan identify land for different types of development such as housing, employment, retailing, education and open space. The plan has the potential to have a direct effect on the lives of every resident of Bridgend County Borough, and has major implications for landowners and developers.

We would like your views on the LDP.


The council consulted on a strategy for the LDP in 2009, and the results of that consultation have helped to shape the draft LDP. The LDP Strategy set out our proposed vision, objectives and preferred approach for the LDP up to 2021. To achieve this, the council has agreed how much development should take place up to 2021 and where in the county borough this should generally take place.

Guided by the LDP Strategy, the council has produced the draft LDP. This document contains detailed policies on where and how development in the county borough will be promoted and controlled. The plan is based on four themes which each cover a range of topics. It also identifies land for different types of development including housing, employment and retailing. The majority of new development is located within four strategic regeneration growth areas. The plan also identifies protected land and areas of countryside.

Where can I see the Plan?

Consultation Methods

We want to know what you think about the proposals contained in the draft LDP. There are a variety of ways you can see the LDP and all of its supporting background documents, and you can also ask your own questions to find out how the proposals will affect you but dont forget to read the full documents before responding to the consultation and making your views known.

The consultation period will run from 4 July – 9 September 2011.

LDP exhibitions

Come along and visit the LDP exhibition which will be touring the county borough during the consultation period displaying information on the proposals:

  • Saturday 23 July: Rhiw Shopping Centre, Bridgend 9am5pm
  • Wednesday 27 July: Sainsburys, Bridgend 9.30am-6pm
  • Saturday 30 July: Asda, Maesteg 9.30am-6pm
  • Tuesday, 2 August: Garw Valley Leisure Centre 9.30am-6pm
  • Thursday 4 August: Old Blaenllynfi Infants School, Caerau 9.30am-6pm
  • Friday 5 August: Porthcawl Tourist Information Centre 9.30am-5pm

Between 9 August 9 September, the exhibition will also be available during normal opening hours at the Customer Service Centre in the Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend.

Community drop-in sessions

For a more in-depth look at the draft LDP, visit one of our community drop-in sessions where officers will be available to sit down and go through the proposals with you in detail. They will also be able to discuss how they could affect you and answer any questions that you may have:

  • Monday 25 July: Pyle Life Centre 11am-6pm
  • Tuesday 26 July: Blaengarw Workingmens Hall 11am-6pm
  • Thursday 28 July: Ynysawdre Leisure Centre 11am-6pm
  • Friday 29 July: Maesteg Town Hall 11am-6pm
  • Monday 1 August: Ogmore Valley Life Centre 11am-6pm
  • Wednesday 3 August: Pencoed Welfare Hall 11am6pm
  • Saturday 6 August: Porthcawl Tourist Information centre 11am-4pm
  • Monday 8 August: Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend 11am-6pm

Where can I see the plans in full?

The full documentation is available at the following locations:

  • Online, using the links above.
  • At any library in the County Borough.
  • At the councils Customer Service Centre in Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend.

How can I give my views?

There are a number of ways you can give your views on the proposals:

  • Complete an online form, this facility enables you to upload supporting documents if required;
  • Download and complete a ldp;
  • Fax your comments to 01656 643190.
  • Write to the Group Manager for Development, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4WB.

Please note that any representations proposing alternative sites within the LDP may need to be accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal. Further guidance on this is available to read here.

This is very worrying – act quickly!


Jeremy Hunt just said he’ll let Rupert Murdoch own all of BSkyB. We have three days to flood the public consultation with requests to stop the deal, and call on the government to initiate a public inquiry into the hacking scandals. Let’s save our media and democracy. Send a message now.

Send a message now!