Monday 2nd July 2007
...cont. from front page
Though the obvious question inresponse to the Masterplan is howwe are actually going to attain thisurban utopia, the real question may be more fundamental than that.Is such a utopia even a valid visionto hold; is it a viable objective?Or is it like having your cake andeating it?If development continues beingmeasured by the crude indicator of economic growth, gross national product – crudely put, gettingcash richer – then sustainabledevelopment may well turn out to bea contradiction in terms. We need
to t other models of developmentthat reect richness of life quality
and morality into the plan for our town. We need to consider measuressuch as the ecological footprint andGross National Happiness. Thethird rhetoric in the Masterplan isthe most telling. It is the rhetoric of community and it is our communitywho need to debate what sustainabledevelopment means in a post peak oil world of climate change andglobal ecological responsibility.Finally, to the most vexingaspect of the plan. Here and nowI want to launch a campaign tosave the Commodore, which theMasterplan ruthlessly targets for redevelopment. Prime town centrereal estate, the cinema looks setto be torn down to make room
for more shops or ofces! These
management consultants may havespent a couple of years comingup with the Masterplan, allegedlydelivering it a year late, but theyhave obviously never enjoyed awarm beer in the downstairs bar of the Commodore or experiencedthe bizarre lights-up pause to buyanother choc-ice that comes after the coming-soons and before themain feature. If we want a newtown with a heritage feel, thensurely we must retain the 1950stime-warp that is the Commodore.It is a quintessential part of Aberystwyth culture. Given theman inch and next they’ll target thearcade on the pier!
Save our Cinema:Master Plan targets dear old Commodore
Aberystwyth Master Plan ..
3-4Taxi Driver ..........................
4Transition Town progress ...
5Pictures from G8 ........... 6 & 7G8 reports .....................
8 & 9Police and theives ..............
9Bethan and the bois .......... 10Big up to superboat ........... 10BadgerWatch ..................... 11Diary dates ........................
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include: - the Treehouse (restaurant) / Julian Shelley’s bookshop / Siop Y Prom/ The Old Consti Cafe Art Gallery /The Olive Branch / The Orangery /The Living Room
(at the Cooper’s Armson Wednesday nights)
and where wouldwe be without our trusty street rabble?
Ydy’r ffaith body papur hwn ynunieithog ynpoeni chi?
Mae’n poeni ni, hoffwn fod ynagored i bawb. Gallwch helpugyda cyieithu, fyddwn yndiolchgar iawn cysylltwch ni osgwelwch yn dda:
Rydyn ni’n aros isiarad gyda CHI!
Dear Cambrian Snooze,
It was so nice to see reported in the Cambrian News the other week that an
entire ve days had been dedicated to the recognition of Care Assistants, wherethree long suffering workers received generous rewards during Care AssistantWeek for the ability to continue stressful, tiring, low-paid jobs for thirty-plusyears without burning out, like so many have done! It must be reassuring CareAssistants across the county that their ‘invaluable’ work (valued at £5.50-£7.50per hour) will be immortalised by a couple of trees in the care homes’ gardens.Nice, also, to see that ‘recognition week’ was marked by a recruitment bustouring the county to persuade more ‘caring’ people to do the jobs no-one elsewants! Perhaps if the care sector jobs were actually valued by our society asprofessions, rather than low-rate jobs only suitable for charitable Christians,former housewives and economic migrants; if care workers received betterpay for fewer hours; if care services were not tendered to private companiesselected primarily on their ability to provide the cheapest service, then these jobs might be a more popular choice, and there wouldn’t be such a shortage of Care Assistants in Ceredigion.
Yours sincerely, Mrs Dawn Trodyn