Civic and Community
Environmental concerns were important to many diarists. These
ranged from this man who:
- Made an early start (about 7am)
taking down flower baskets from various locations in Llandrindod Wells. These
have been my responsibility during the summer months.
To other diarists who were concerned about environmental issues:
- We browse in the library
and read in the local paper about plans to extract gravel from this area.
The Brecon Beacons
National Park are objecting. We discuss this and agree it would be a disaster.
- The dreaded news - suspect case
of foot and mouth in a bull in Yorkshire, which I found out later the results
were negative. News like this twelve months on from the big outbreak last
year still sends my blood cold.
Two are concerned
- I read more about the
windfarms with a cup of coffee on the garden seat
.I had to read
about the wind farm as I am chairman of Old Radnor Community Council.
- I spent the morning getting
lots of photocopies in Hall's (Costcutter) in Knighton because I'm helping
with the campaign to stop wind turbines 91m high being built just off A44
near Llanfihangel Nant Melan. I just can't see any benefit locally to the
plan and the beautiful landscapes of the Radnor Valley will be decimated by
the huge structures. The I sent out lots of copies of the protest petition
and copies of the notice of the planning application.
Whereas another takes a different view:
- Wind's still east, so
the windmills say. It's lovely to have them up and working again. I can't
see why people object to them. They're quite handsome and surely no more intrusive
on the skyline than trees. They don't obscure anything. I can still enjoy
the colours of the mountain and sky, the shapes of the clouds. And they're
very useful for telling wind direction.
One striking feature about many of the diaries received was
the large number of people who mentioned recycling in their diaries. This would
seem to have become a regular feature of many people's daily lives, although
it should be noted that September 24th 2002 was a pleasant sunny day and ideal
for taking waste to the recycling
centres located at various places around Powys!
The recycling centre
- Take curtains to car to
deliver to charity shop in Knighton. Also put green glass bottles and clear
ones in car to take to recycling centre.
- After finishing our shopping
I took a bag full of old newspapers to the 'paper bank'.
- I was in town early and
spent fifteen minutes or so tidying up the waste recycling containers situated
next to the railway station. I met a fellow town councillor there and we discussed
some matters arising from a previous town council meeting. The sale of the
waste yields some £6k per annum which is distributed to worthy causes
throughout the town.
- After a small mid day
meal pruned the last of the roses needing attention and later took the prunings
with other garden waste to the recycle place in Newtown. The garden waste
goes to the wormery where it becomes useful compost and saves landfill space.
Many diarists referred to the March for Liberty
and Livelihood which had taken place a couple of days before diary day on 22nd
September 2002. Some of their comments can be seen on
this page. September 24th had also been an active day for a couple of wildlife
trusts in Powys and references to these can be seen here.