Global Day of Action for Climate Justice in Llangollen, 6th Nov 2021

Walkers, Cyclists and Kayakers all assembled in the town centre. Photo Credit: Alan Potts / EaglesNest Photography.

Llangollen Friends of the Earth calls on UK government to end support for fossil fuels as part of global day of action for climate justice on 6th November.

Groups of walkers, cyclists and kayakers carried flaming Earth models into the centre of Llangollen this Saturday. Participants took in the beautiful landscape of the Dee Valley as the flaming earth models made their way to the town centre. 

The local event was part of a global day of action during the UN climate talks, to demand the UK government end its support for fossil fuels.

With the message “Earth’s on fire” the campaigners highlighted the government’s hypocrisy in claiming to be a world leader on climate whilst continuing to support fossil fuels here and abroad.

Currently the UK government is supporting a new oil field off Shetland, it’s supporting investment in new oil in Mozambique (fueling conflict in the region), and supporting a new coal mine in Cumbria. Friends of the Earth are calling on the Government to drop their support for these projects, and to concentrate on securing a future for our young people.

Warren Davies, group coordinator said, “We’re asking people to write to their MP to express their concerns about government support for fossil fuel projects, to share their concerns about climate change, and to call for action.”

The group stated that fairness must be at the heart of action, and that the poorest people in our communities and around the world must not be disadvantaged.”

Warren went on to say,

“We all want less waste, we all want a healthier society and we all want to protect future generations. By taking climate action we can achieve these things, but the effort must be felt by all of society, that is in the UK and Globally.”

A YouGov survey found 67% of voters felt that the UK should strive to be a global leader on climate change.

“People have done all they can individually, they’ve reduced their energy use, they always recycle. But we’re at a brick wall. To get get further we need the government to lead and enable people to reduce their emissions”

Climate change solutions can bring many positives, especially to rural areas. Local energy generation, insulation businesses and local food production can all potentially create decent, secure jobs.

In recent years we have experienced unprecedented flooding and drought cycles. We’ve had flooding on the lower Dee and upland fires on Llantysilio mountain. During these times, the local population has pulled together, supporting local firefighters. But as these weather patterns get worse and more frequent, we will be spending more and more of our efforts sorting them out. Of course climate change is a global issue, and so every community will face similar or worse challenges.

Unique features of the valley including the beautiful Llangollen whitebeam tree are also under threat. The Llangollen whitebeam is unique to the area and is struggling to survive as a species. Climate change will only make its fate more precarious.

Our Government, as hosts of the UN climate talks, must take this opportunity to take decisive action.”

Notes 

1. Friends of the Earth’s briefings on the Cumbria coal mine, the Cambo oil field, drilling for oil in Surrey and the Mozambique gas project are all available here: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate/4-cases-threaten-uks-climate-reputation

2. https://ukcop26.org 

3. Link to COP26 coalition map of actions: https://cop26coalition.org/map/ 

The COP26 Coalition is the UK-based civil society coalition made up of thousands of organisations and individuals demanding climate justice at COP26. Coalition members include grassroots movements, the largest trade unions in the UK and NGOs, including Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace UK, Extinction Rebellion, Scottish Trade Unions Congress, UNISON, Tearfund, 350.org, Fridays For Future, Wretched of the Earth, and many more. https://cop26coalition.org/ 

4. https://www.globalwitness.org/en/press-releases/yougov-poll-finds-majority-british-public-want-uk-lead-world-tackling-climate-change/

Feeling the cold? Want to save energy?

Our Heat Seeker team want to help you SEE where you are losing heat from your house!

Llangollen & District Friends of the Earth are offering free thermal imaging surveys in Llangollen between November and February!

We’ll take thermal images of the outside of your house on evenings when the weather conditions are dry and cold and either email you the images or invite you to a feedback session.

Click here to find out more

Recycling facilities in Llangollen

Llangollen Friends of the Earth support Phil Jones’ campaign for Dee Valley residents to be allowed to use Plas Madoc recycling centre.
We believe that waste reduction is most important, and that retailers and manufacturers have a key role to play in reducing waste. However in Llangollen and the Dee Valley we have a situation where people are currently driving a distance three times that of the distance to the nearest facility in Plas Madoc. That is inconvenient, wasteful and bad for the environment.

We understand that some negotiation has taken place over the years between Denbighshire and Wrexham councils over this issue. Concerns about cost and usage monitoring have been mentioned as possible stumbling blocks. However recent developments could help move past those blockages. For example Denbighshire’s new online booking system could be expanded to include the Plas Madoc facility for Dee Valley postcodes. The exact usage can then be monitored, and Denbighshire could then be billed using those figures.

It is clear that other towns in Denbighshire have much better levels of service, and we would encourage Denbighshire council to re-deploy resources more evenly. This could be achieved by increasing the number of days on which the pop-up facility operates. If the hours could be increased for the pop-up facility, then this would become a more convenient service, and could be especially useful to those who do not have access to a vehicle, or those who would prefer not to travel out of town to dispose of waste.

We would encourage members of the public to write to their councillors regarding this issue. But also to consider the source of the problem, and to contact retailers about the amount of packaging they receive with goods. If members of the public would like more information or to take things further locally, then there are a number of groups in the area campaigning on waste issues.

Link to Phil Jones’ campaign petition page: https://www.change.org/p/denbighshire-county-council-return-of-recycling-in-llangollen-and-the-dee-valley

Councillor details can be found here: https://moderngov.denbighshire.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1&LLL=0

Surfers against sewage campaign group: https://www.sas.org.uk/communities-near-me/

Llangollen & District Friends of the Earth: www.llangollenfoe.org.uk

Plastic Free Llangollen: www.facebook.com/PlasticFreeLlangollen

Have your say on Llangollen Covid-19 proposals

Click here to access the consultation

Denbighshire council have obtained funding to modify roads and pavements in Llangollen to allow people to move around town more safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They have made a number of proposals. You can see the details of the proposals and have your say on the proposals here.

Our thoughts;

  • Wider pavements and space for cycling are welcome.
  • Assisting cafes moving into the road space is welcome and will create a more human friendly town.
  • The link between Hall Street and Berwyn Street (A5) should remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Reversing the direction of flow of vehicles on Church Street will eliminate the use of this route as a rat-run. It would be useful if it was made two way for cyclists. Also, to avoid diverting more traffic into the town centre, it may be better to start the one way from the junction with Llys-Y-Barcty.
  • Turning all one way roads into two way for cycling should be considered.
  • The routes to the town’s schools should be considered and improved. Improvements could include wider pavements outside the primary school, a school street scheme at drop off / pick up times and improved safety at the Brook street – A5 junction.
  • Bicycle parking could be distributed around the town centre and should ideally be covered where possible.

Click here to access the consultation?

LDP Candidate Sites

The LDP will steer development within Llangollen and the whole of Denbighshire over the next 15 years. This is an important chance for you to influence how that development takes place.

A number of sites in Llangollen have been submitted as ‘Candidate Sites’ for development. Here is a guide to the sites…

Llangollen Youth Club Site site
Site ref: CS-03E-170

Youth Club Playing Field

Some thoughts on the youth club playing field site;

  • This land is a vital resource for the youth club, kids, adults, families and sports teams.
  • This green space should be retained as a playing field to support the health and well-being of Llangollen residents.
  • Increased vehicle traffic.
  • Increased demand on local services.

Site Name: Land off Maesmawr Road, Llangollen – Option 1
Site Ref: CS-03E-107

Maesmawr Road – Option 1

Site Name: Land off Maesmawr Road, Llangollen – Option 2
Site ref: CS-03E-108

Maesmawr Road – Option 2. Includes Option 1 and the field next door. This is a much bigger site than Option 1.

Site Name: Maesmawr Road, adjacent to Tyn Y Wern, Llangollen
Site Ref: CS-03E-077

Land off Maesmawr road adjacent to Tyn y Wern

Some thoughts that apply to all 3 of the Maesmawr road sites;

  • The site is large and so development would significantly alter the character of the town, and local services would struggle to cope.
  • Employment within the town cannot support a site of this size, meaning increased commuting out of the town.
  • The site is on the edge of town, and would pushing out the development boundary.
  • The site has poor transport links. Birch Hill is a narrow and already busy road and would form the main access to amenities from the site.
  • The site is too far out of the centre of town for Active Travel to be realistic.
  • Development of the site would have significant negative visual impact on the valley.
  • Development of the site would mean that the valley would lose important agricultural land, reducing potential for the agricultural industry.

Have your say

To have your say either…

Click here to visit the council’s consultation page. This contains lots of background information and a link to the consultation form.

OR

Complete the Consultation Response Form and return it by emailing: planningpolicy@denbighshire.gov.uk or
posting it to: Strategic Planning and Housing, Denbighshire County Council, PO Box 62,Ruthin, LL15 9AZ

The deadline for submissions is 30th August 2019.

Playing field on list of ‘candidate sites’ for development

Playing field and youth club off Vicarage Road

Denbighshire’s LDP is considering a number of candidate sites for development, and the playing fields off Vicarage road is one of them.

Have your say

To have your say either…

Click here to visit the council’s consultation page. This contains lots of background information and a link to the consultation form.

OR

Complete the Consultation Response Form and return it by emailing: planningpolicy@denbighshire.gov.uk or
posting it to: Strategic Planning and Housing, Denbighshire County Council, PO Box 62,Ruthin, LL15 9AZ

The deadline for responses is 30th August 2019. For information, the playing field site has reference CS-03E-170. You can see the full list of Llangollen sites here.

Ask Denbighshire Council to declare a Climate Emergency

Llangollen Friends of the Earth and XR Rebellion NE Wales are asking Denbighshire County Council to declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency at their meeting on 2nd July.

Please take two minutes to contact your county councillor using our easy to use form, and ask them to support Denbighshire declaring a climate emergency. CLICK HERE or above to access the form.

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/ask-denbighshire-council-to-declare-a-climate-emergency/

Climate Action Llangollen

Take Climate Action!

This summer we’re supporting a series of events that are bringing together anyone who’s worried about the climate crisis to start channelling this energy into starting climate action groups and building practical solutions . We will be helping to connect these local climate action groups at a national and international level to create enough pressure to bring about the big system changes that we urgently need.

If you are interested in taking part, please come along to our initial meeting;

Climate Action Llangollen Meeting – Thursday 16th May, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Llangollen Town Council Chamber.

Big Bike Ride to School on ITV

The Big Bike Ride event was organised by Llangollen Friends of the Earth, and was part of the Sustrans ‘Big Pedal’, a national event involving over 2,000 schools. More than 70% of pupils from both the English and Welsh medium primary schools decided to cycle, scoot, or walk to school that day instead of travelling by car.

The event in Llangollen was covered by ITV Cymru/Wales as well as BBC Radio Wales. You can read more about the event here.