Hafod Quarry Environmental Group

Following being granted leave to appeal, at the high court in London on 8th July 2011. Hafod Environmental Group has one final opportunity to stop the extension of landfilling at Hafod quarry.

We successfully challenged the Welsh Government’s decision to modify the 1995 planning permission. We are extremely grateful to our barrister Richard Harwood, his colleague Caroline Allen and to Gamlins Solicitors.

If we are successful in our Appeal, the lifespan of the site could be reduced from around 35 years to approximately 5 years.

We now need to start fundraising again for the appeal hearing which is scheduled to place in Cardiff on 30th November 2011. We plan to hold a Hot Pot Supper, Promise Auction and Raffle on November 11th. Anyone wishing to make a donation please contact; Pauline Smout 01978 810275 or Dorothy Tunnah 01978 841335.

Speak Out for Climate Justice

bear witness

Saturday 1st October – Manchester

Listen, be inspired and speak out! Join us for a day of workshops, then join the Bearing Witness procession and vigil on the eve of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

1.30pm: Be inspired by talks and workshops
6.15pm: Speak out at the Bearing Witness procession and candlelit vigil
7.30pm: Finish

A bus will be leaving from Wrexham. Contact Warren or Andrew for more information.

More information about the event…


Economic and social costs of Road Projects in Wales

Click to download a new report produced by Mon a Gwynedd FOE: Economic and social costs of Road Projects in Wales

This report comes with a message from Helen Lewis of Mon A Gwynedd FOE,

“The Government is currently committed to developing the trunk road system through Wales in ways designed to increase road traffic and therefore carbon emissions at a time of climate change and cuts in public services. We’re asking the Welsh Government to:

· Delay the hugely expensive Bontnewydd/Caernarfon bypass, until sustainable alternatives have been properly trialled

· Redirect the transport budget towards sustainable transport, ensuring a co-ordinated and flexible public transport system to end rural isolation and poverty.

· Use public funds wisely to invest in our young people and target the scandals of social exclusion, poverty and poor health.

Our report has been sent to all AMs. If you agree with us , please circulate this to friends and societies, and above all, contact your AM and say so. You’ll find his/her email address on http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgCommitteeMailingList.aspx?ID=0 Don’t let your AM get away with claiming that this isn’t their business because the Bontnewydd bypass isn’t in their constituency: this is about the wider issues of the relationship between the roads programme and carbon reduction, social justice and the responsible use of public money.

The Welsh Government’s policy document One Wales, One Planet, states: “Sustainable development as the process by which we must become a sustainable nation…is as much about social justice as it is about securing economic resilience and living within environmental limits.” That’s the principle that underlies the report- but our AMs do need encouragement to help create a socially just, environmentally responsible nation!”

Click to download the report; Economic and social costs of Road Projects in Wales

For more information go to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/M%C3%B4n-Gwynedd-Friends-of-the-Earth/146950144267?v=wall&ref=ts