Friday, 28 October 2016

Ceredigion County Council Charging Twice For Bodily Functions

Ceredigion Council have shut down a number of public toilets in Aberystwyth and Ceredigion over the years. Now it has been discovered that the Council will charge money for another one in Aberystwyth (see here), and a lot of residents are rightly angry about it.

It's been asked before, and the Council hasn't answered, but this is the key question: what is someone meant to do if they need the toilet and don't have any money with them?

People don't pay council tax in exchange for one or two distant "award-winning toilets". People just want reasonable public toilets that they don't have to pay for twice. Public toilets are a core service that councils are meant to provide, not some cash cow to be milked in a pay-to-pee fiasco.

It's worth noting that the toilets on the Aberystwyth train station platform are closed much of the time, directing people to the public ones instead. What a rubbish "transport hub" that turned out to be, after Ceredigion Council wasted money on it.

We really need a law forcing rubbish Councils to provide enough public toilets. Something like this. Unfortunately that public health Wales bill was not passed, it fell at the last reading, though it is expected to be reintroduced as a bill in November - so still could become law. Contact your AM about it if you live in Wales and care about public toilet provision.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Change Your Energy Supplier To A More Ethical One - Easy!

The government just allowed more fracking to go ahead but there's something really quick and easy we can do to stop it!

Change your energy supplier.

British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON UK, npower, ScottishPower and SSE all support fracking. But there many other energy companies who get their energy from wind, solar, tidal, "green gas", and other renewable energy sources.

If you switch, your energy bill may even be cheaper, sicne the Big 6 energy suppliers have already been prosecuted for price-fixing.

98% of UK Households buy their energy from these companies, and yet most people are against fracking.

It's easy. Just switch via from a pro-fracking energy company to a more ethical one.

Monday, 26 September 2016

The Future Of Agriculture In Wales

Members of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee (National Assembly For Wales) want to know what people's ideas are about the future support for agriculture, land management and rural communities in Wales. You can post your ideas and rate/comment on those posted by others at this site. More information here.

Some of our favourite points and comments:

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Waste! So much of it. Some good news: France just banned plastic cups and cutlery. Of course the wasteful traditional packaging industry has threatened legal action, and thanks to ridiculous things like TTIP maybe they might even win. Still, good that France has the courage to stand up to the bad guys, unlike the UK Government and councils.

As consumers we should check everything we buy - is the packaging compostable? Recyclable? If not then don't buy it and complain to the company. Many scummy companies try to hide that information. If they are not clear about it, then they're hiding something. Don't support them.

Maybe one day we'll even go further than compostable packaging as the gold standard: what about edible packaging?

We sometimes highlight good companies. Here are some more!

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

More Badgers To Be Killed

"The Badger Trust has condemned a decision by the government (announced officially today, 30th August, 2016) to expand badger culling to 7 new areas of the country (covering parts of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Cornwall, Devon, and Dorset), despite the complete failure of the policy over the last 4 years."

"By extending the badger culls to 5 news areas of the country the taxpayer is now facing a bill in the region of £100 million by 2020" and "We could kill every badger in England but bovine TB would continue to spread in cattle herds, due to inaccurate TB testing, excessive numbers of cattle movements and poor biosecurity controls."

Please sign new petition or support the Badger Trust.

[Additional wildlife issue: a petition to ban snares in Wales]

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Coffee Cup Chaos

"Every day hundreds of thousands of Britons put their coffee cup into a recycling bin. They're wrong - those cups aren't recyclable, and the UK throws away 2.5bn of them a year. [...] The millions of coffee cups we use every day are, in effect, virgin materials with a single use, thrown almost immediately into the bin - a horrendous waste, with a hefty carbon footprint."

That's from this new BBC article The waste mountain of coffee cups. Well worth a read. Also the cup is the most expensive part of the drink. A shame councils don't treat this waste as a consideration when granting trading licences.