Saturday, 1 April 2017
MYNYDD Y GWAIR AND OTHER RELATED NEWS AND INFORMATION.
GROSS HYPOCRISY – during the Planning Debates at Swansea Council over Mynydd y Gwair, a newly elected Councillor Uta Clay (Labour) was very rude to locals in the Public Gallery. Her husband Bob Clay was soon after elected onto Swansea council for Labour. She is Austrian and he is an ex English Public School pupil and graduate of Cambridge University. Both are lifelong Trotskyites and big pals of Corbyn. Bob Clay was a Labour MP in Sunderland where he lost his seat. They then drifted around for a bit. They were in Hereford for a while and active there in preserving “English Heritage” (probably only just to annoy the Tory Council there) SEE EXAMPLE BELOW. They then washed up into Swansea like political driftwood, and both got elected as Labour onto Swansea Council, in Llansamlet Ward. They became huge supporters of destroying Mynydd y Gwair – spouting “green” nonsense whilst driving around in a big old smoky diesel car. Plaid Cymru should be opposing people like this. Do they? No, they support them with fellow “green bile!”. The Clays are moving on in May after the 2017 County elections – presumably to work for their old pal Corbyn with whom Bob Clay was a big buddy as MPs together under Blair.
HYPOCRISY :_ Archaeo News 29 September 2007
Rotherwas Ribbon campaigners question Council decision
Campaigners fighting to preserve the Rotherwas Ribbon (England) say they will be taking the 'issue further' after they claimed a council scrutiny committee decision to endorse a plan to build a road over the Bronze Age find was invalid.
The 4,000-year-old pathway of stones was discovered during work to build a relief road to an industrial estate near Hereford. Herefordshire Council's environment scrutiny committee called in a cabinet decision to build the relief road over the archaeological find – also known as the Dinedor Serpent – and endorsed the council's decision. Now campaigners and councillors - who oppose the decision to preserve the ribbon for future generations under a protective layer and build the road over it – are questioning the validity of the scrutiny committee process for a number of reasons, including a failure to discuss certain evidence pertaining to the importance of the find, and a lack of key witnesses.
Campaign Co-ordinator Bob Clay said: "It seems that the Council successfully staged a "cover-up" of this huge discovery for two months, hoping to get the road continued before adequate consideration of alternatives could take place. English Heritage have said that they cannot make a decision on scheduling until the full extent of the Ribbon is ascertained. The Council implied this would take 6 months and decided it was 'too expensive' to delay the road."
However, Councillor Bob Matthews, chair of the environment scrutiny committee, explained the committee had sought to 'achieve a balance' in accommodating many strongly held views. The Committee also dismissed accusations that the council had kept the find secret from the public but it did note that information flow within the council had 'fell short of that normally expected'. It recommended work should be set in place to address for the future the problems presented by this period when cabinet and councillor roles were in a state of flux. The recommendations of the committee will now go back to the council’s cabinet for further consideration. More information on the Ribbon can be found on the Herefordshire Archaeology website. See the campaigners' website at www.rotherwasribbon.com.
Sources: Save the Dinedor Serpent (24 September 2007), 24 Hour Museum (27 September 2007).
INNOGY / DAWNUS at BOLGOED - access track works for Mynydd y Gwair.
As I have said before, INNOGY recently sent out hundreds and hundreds of waffle post cards to residents all over the area with no useful list of contacts for who the LIAISON COMMITTEE is. Just one e mail address for INNOGY itself, which residents say does not answer messages. I have not tried that myself, as on principle I want no contact with greedy vandals.
The problem I have is that residents are phoning me, not Liaison Committee Members, as they do not know who they are - asking me to forward matters to any LIAISON Committee members that I have limited e mail addresses for. Here are the latest residents’ alleged complaints:-
(1) DAWNUS is still starting work early and noisily before 7am most days and waking people up. Can’t they start later?
(2) They have about twenty people working on site now (white collar and blue collar and no true local village personnel) who mostly arrive in their own individual cars. They then hog essential local parking at the two nearby lay-bys and other parking spaces. Can’t they come in arranged mini buses from a convenient pick up place e.g. the old Felindre Steel works site nearby?
(3) Workers have allegedly told residents that INNOGY and DAWNUS are surprised how soon they have hit solid bedrock of solid sandstone, and at one location, not far from homes, they are going to loud “peck” using huge machines about five metres down through this solid rock to create a wide deep roadway cut for the abnormal loads. Is this true? Will this be limited to noise regulations and social hours? Who will monitor this?
Hi Chris, You need to understand a few facts about Renewable Energy after what you said on Swansea Sound Radio today 5-3-17:-
You claimed today that Wave Energy was predictable. Ask any surfer – Wave Energy is whipped up by the unpredictable wind. It is tidal that is predictable – but you know that. I support the Swansea Lagoon as a “starting point” , not as an answer. It only has a MAXIMUM output of 299 MW at a full Tide race – it is NIL four times a day and 299 MW four times a day at predicted times. I’d like to know its average. The UK Grid can take over 52,000 MW and generally consumes 40,0000 MW. The Lagoon will need a Gas Fired (Carbon Fuelled) Power Station to back it in parallel with tidal peaks and troughs. That is planned for Abergelli Farm in Mawr (again!).
Now I am at it – I am still resentful of how during the Ilston Solar Panel presentation, the presenters said totally untruthfully that their scheme would be 35% effective. I challenged that and said it would be more like 12% and you then dismissed me and rubbished my claim much to the delight of people like Sybil Crouch – she was then in the Cabinet. Serious Freedom of Information Questions to Government have since revealed truthful answers that on average all Welsh Solar Panels installed are only about just 10% effective – which is more or less what I said - and far from what untruths the Ilston developers said and you and all backed their falsity with derision and laughter about me.
I might as well go on about Mynydd y Gwair – the developers have now admitted publicly that this scheme will only on average produce 8 MW. The UK Grid can take over 52,000 MW and generally consumes 40,0000 MW. Your colleague Peter Black supports the Mynydd y Gwair scheme. Is he numerate ?
I nearly phoned in to Swansea Sound Sunday Hotline morning to rubbish you and the Lib Dems over Renewable Energy, but I did not wish to publicly stab you personally in the back as you’ve been personally good to me most of the time and to Swansea in the past Administration. Just make sure that FACTS are given and not black myths in future.
Copied to Lib Dems..
Mynydd y Gwair and INNOGY queries:-
To Swansea Council’s “Clerk of Works” Emma.North@swansea.gov.uk for this project from County Councillor Ioan Richard 01792 843861
Hi, I have been asked to contact you with a few queries:-
(1) Has INNOGY yet appointed it Contractors to do the other works, particularly the massive concrete foundations? Or will DAWNUS be doing these other works?
(2) Does your “brief” include supervising that INNOGY and its contractors do not trespass or infringe into Common Lands as at the access track at Bolgoed CL68 and the eventual the SWALES on Mynydd y Gwair CL77 itself? If so, do you have the appropriate latest large scale maps of the Common Land boundaries? If not, then who, if anyone, is supervising this aspect of the work? Who is your lead Officer? Is it someone from Planning or Building Regulations?
(3) What exactly is the role of Jenny Cowles the INNOGY Clerk of Works? Is it just duplicating your work?
(4) Is the bat roost tree and its root network securely and safely fenced yet?
(5) Have proper Wayleave sturdy Fences yet replaced the easily movable “pegs” alongside boundaries of all works?
(6) Whose job is it to safe guard any ancient monuments or sites of scientific interest or wild species during the project?
PLEASE RESPOND APPROPRIATELY so I can answer those with the queries. THANK YOU.
The proposed Mynydd y Gwair Wind Turbines for Mynydd y Gwair Common in north Swansea will be about 485 ft high, situated near Swansea’s highest point Penlle’rcastell which itself is at 1200 ft above sea level which is remote and very often shrouded in mist. All concerns about possible aircraft crashes have been dismissed by all appropriate Authorities – including the developers INNOGY. One regular flight in that area is the Air Ambulance conveying patients to Casualty or the Burns Unit or Heart Unit etc. at the big nearby Regional Morriston Hospital in north Swansea. Now the news report below adds to the concerns of responsible people:-
Germany: small plane crashes against wind turbine near airport. Pilote killed. Weather conditions and visibility were good.
............... .......AND SO THE TURBINES SHOULD BE LIT - with bright warning lights.......SO THEY WILL THEN ATTRACT MOTHS AND OTHER INSECTS.........WHICH WILL ATTRACT BATS AND SMALL BIRDS ........AND THE LATTER WILL ATTRACT RAPTORS LIKE OWLS, RED KITS, BUZZARDS , PEREGRINES ETC TO FEED ON BOTH LIVE SMALL BIRDS AND DEAD SMALL BIRDS AND BATS KILLED BY THE BLADES.
MYNYDD Y GWAIR WILL BECOME A "KILLING FIELD " FOR BIRDS AND BATS..........AND POSSIBLY AIR AMBULANCES !!
EXAMPLE - 11.30 AM Saturday March 11th 2017.
www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk the National Grid recording site for UK electricity.
TOTAL ELECTRICITY DEMAND FOR UK......ON A SATURDAY ,
WHICH IS LOWER THAN A WEEK-DAY IS = 36.06 GIGAWATTS
or 36,000 MW - Mynydd y Gwair will average 8 MW
Demand is low because
[a] it is Saturday
[b] it is MILD !
Now COAL provides 1.12 GW or 3.11 per cent.
NUCLEAR is 7.34 GW or 20.35 per cent.
CCGT or GAS FIRED POWER STATIONS provide a MASSIVE 18.32 GW or 50.80 per cent
Whilst WIND.......THE GREAT GREEN HOPE WHICH THE GREENIES SAY WILL POWER THE UK IN FUTURE GIVES A PALTRY
........... 0.75 GW or a LAUGHABLE 2.08 PER CENT !! ...... YUP! 2 PER CENT !!
EVEN WORSE........IF THIS WAS MONDAY TO FRIDAY AT 5 PM , IT WOULD BE FAR WORSE, BECAUSE THE DEMAND WOULD SHOOT UP FROM 36 GW TO ABOUT 45 to 50 GW........WHILST THE WIND WOULD NOT.........OR COULD NOT......SUPPLY EVEN A PALTRY EXTRA WATT !!
SO THE PERCENTAGE FROM WIND WOULD PLUMMET BELOW THAT 2 PER CENT !! !!
IF IT WAS MID WINTER AND THERE WAS A LIGHT , BITING SUB-ZERO WIND FROM SIBERIA WE WOULD BE IN MAJOR TROUBLE !!
Demand would rise to 60 GW , but the wind would remain the same.........AWOL !!
This information needs to be conveyed to newspapers and politicians.
It is yet ANOTHER day when wind energy has been absolutely hopeless in supplying the UK.
Yet THIS is our future supply according to the non-technical innumerates who "know everything" about electricity supply...........AND THESE BUFFOONS ARE IN CHARGE !!
We need to get this message out to as many as possible, please.
The figures above at 11.30 AM today, were EXACT !
They were on www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk
That is a fact.
Elections to Welsh Councils 3-5-17
Why don’t you and your friends enter your names in for the COMMUNITY / TOWN (Parish) COUNCIL ELECTIONS on 3-5-17.
Election Packs are out now from Election Offices in your COUNTY Council Offices.
Nominations open 20-3-17 and close on 4-4-17 - soon.
There is nothing to pay and you only need a local proposer and seconder from the electoral register for the Ward.
Very often not enough candidates come forward for COMMUNITY Elections so you could very well be returned unopposed.
You can have your say in local issues and use the title “Councillor” as it suits you in trying to influence local decisions e.g. Planning.
You do not have to go out canvassing with a leaflet – but that helps. Go for it and ask a friend to do likewise!
Generally they only meet about once (or twice) a month in the evenings.