Saturday, September 30, 2006

Street stall in Wrexham

Protesters fighting against landfill at Hafod Quarry took their campaign into Wrexham town centre today with a stall in Hope Street. Johnstown residents and members of Hafod Environmental Group including Councillors Dave Bithell and Mark Pritchard were joined by Assembly Member Janet Ryder and a number of other supporters.

janet at the stall 2

Over 600 people stopped at the stall to sign the campaign's petition to the Welsh Assembly and many promised to write individual letters to the Welsh Assembly too.

Apart from a couple of people who said they worked at the landfill site, there was virtually universal condemnation of the council's decision to allow the 1995 planning permission for landfill to stand with modification. "Shocking", "disgraceful", "spineless" and "corrupt" were some of the words used to describe the decision.

Many people were extremely angry that Mersey's waste is being dumped here in Wrexham, blaming Merseyside councils and the directors of Mersey Waste Holdings, along with Wrexham council, for the decision to dump. Several people commented that the needs of councils and big business would always be put before the well-being of ordinary people... which is probably true unless we take matters into our own hands to stop this happening.

bin the bin

There were many comments about the need to provide better recycling services (Liverpool and Wirral are amongst the five worst authorities for recycling in the country, with the other Mersey authorities and Wrexham not far behind). One suggestion for waste minimisation and improving recycling is that shoppers could return all unnecessary packaging (stuff which can't be recycled by Michael - like margarine tubs, yoghurt pots, plastic bags) from whence it came, placing pressure on shops and supermarkets to sell goods with less packaging or recyclable packaging and to provide recycling facilities on their premises for anything which can't be recycled by the local scheme.

stall 2

There was also anger at comments made by various politicians (including Martyn Jones MP and leader of the council Aled Roberts) in the last few days about the possible cost to Wrexham council tax payers of any compensation claim by Mersey Waste Holdings if their licence was revoked. The Welsh Assembly (Carwyn Jones) has also said that Wrexham council would have to bear the cost of any compensation. Many people felt that this was a cyncial attempt to quash protest about the quarry. If this was the aim of such comments, then it has failed miserably and has probably been counter-productive. We heard many exclamations along the lines of "How dare they try to threaten us with higher council tax bills!" and "The council might put finances before people's health, but we don't! This just shows how corrupt they are." A number of people were aware of MWH's promise not to start landfill until all the planning matters had been resolved, so felt they weren't entitled to compensation anyway.

Lastly, there were many references to future elections and the likely fate of politicians who had supported the decision to landfill at Hafod. As one man said to me: "We have long memories. We haven't forgotten Tryweryn and we're not going to forget the people who let us down over Hafod."

More Hafod photos can be seen here.


At Sunday, May 27, 2007 12:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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How ever it is spelt it is obvious you don't know what it means.
So that wasn't personal?

What you are really saying is it is okay for you to give us stick but you will delete any comments that show you for what you really are. Bullies and hypocrits with spell check.
When you started making bogus reports about drivers you used registration numbers didn't you? Who do you think the report affects most? The driver. How personal can you get?
You have slagged off councillors and staff, police, E.A., the Freemasons etc. Even a chippy owner. Do you still wonder why we are giving individuals abuse? I doubt Mrs Smout would be seen swerving around on the A483.

Saturday, May 26, 2007 10:11:00 PM

At Tuesday, September 04, 2007 10:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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You don't need to sign your posts hafodblogger. We know your nick name is idiot. We also know you drink too much and can type 'names of posh wine' on google.
Like I said before, I save my posts ready for when you delete.
It has gone very political on here with the moniority being very disrespectful of elected representatives who were voted in by the majority after Hafod was opened. Why is that then?

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At Saturday, October 06, 2007 2:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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I amy as well type what the fuck I like because you will only fucking delete it.
What about graham jones trying to run the fucking wagons off the road? That is just one incident. I don't know how far along prosecutions are with the many others so don't talk bollocks geoff.
Why would my name would make any difference? So a mob can come round my house? You must be fucking joking. Remember the list and i am waiting my turn like every other fucker. Remember that it includes everybody in Wrexham.

Monday, October 01, 2007 7:07:00 PM
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On my husbands behalf I would just like to remind you
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I never said 49 mph at any point. It is 85 kph (53 mph) that all LGVs are limited to by law. If you think that he was doing 63 mph I suggest that you get the device used to record the speed checked. All LGVs have the tacograph calibrated every 2 years. When was yours last checked? When it left the factory in the mid 1990s?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 4:38:00 PM

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It is starting to get people worried. With no blogging going on what are the hafodbloggers plotting next. Another break in perhaps? Maybe more trying to run vehicles off the road? Or is it just more bogus reports to waste peoples time?

Worried? No!
Curious is a better word.
Perhaps they have realised they are flogging a dead goat.

Unless the person doesn't work for MWH.

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There is no name mentioned and definately no photograph so I think that once again you are wrong.

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