June Ceilidh

If you fancy a dance, why not come to the Pavilion on Friday 17th JUne for a ceilidh with band MELOMANICS, from Shrewsbury. Tickets £7.50 kicks off at 7.30pm. Tickets at the door. Money raised goes to Christian Aid sponsorship for my cycle ride from London to Paris in July.

Bikes on Buses

X94 in Llangollen

The Assembly government has recently announced that the Wales wide TrawsCambria bus network through Wales is to receive £2.2m to fund new buses. The X94 Wrexham-Barmouth bus service, which passes through Llangollen, is part of TrawsCambria network.

Public transport systems work best when they are integrated. By integrating bicycles with buses you greatly increase the flexibility of bus services. People can ride a short distance to their local bus stop, use the bus to cover the majority of their journey and then finish off the last few miles by bike.

The current fleet of buses which serve the X94 route are fitted with bike racks. This is a great idea, especially for the X94 which serves a number of tourist towns.

In reality there are some problems. The main problem is that passengers are not able to actually use the racks! I have been informed by several different drivers on the route that I couldn’t use their rack because it wasn’t working; in fact one driver said that the bike racks have actually never worked.

Let’s hope that the new buses bought with the £2.2 million investment of public money include provisions for carrying bikes that actually work. I have contacted the assembly government regarding this and am currently awaiting their response.

A HIKE NEXT SUNDAY 17TH APRIL (weather permitting!)

Walking boot

Starting from outside the Visitor Infomation Centre/Library, Llangollen at noon, progressing up the Allt y Badi to The Garth Community Garden (Glyn Ceiriog) (2pm) and onwards to the old Quarries (4pm) (maybe with some help from a geologist), though an alternative group could go to Sue Loose’s woodland reserve.

I will have my bicycle so that I can peddle home to Glyndyfrdwy from Vivod mountain (there is a good track from Vivod mountain back to Llangollen also) You can join and leave the walk at many convenient points, let me know if that is what you wish to do so that I can estimate a rendezvous time!) Probably getting back to Llangollen by 7pm.

Please come prepared with robust footwear and clothing for the vagaries of our climate! and a packed lunch, drink and emergency rations incase i take a short cut!

For more information please contact Mike Clark – mike_clark208@hotmail.com.

Panorama climate change walk

Climate change walk photo

I am belatedly posting these photos from November. Thanks to Adrian for the photos.

These photos were taken on our Climate walk. As we walked through the bitter cold and stunning scenery we discussed various aspects of climate change, the environment and possible future campaigns.

We were also treated to a fascinating talk about the prehistoric history of the valley from Adrian a local geologist. A great day out, thanks to Mike for organising it all!

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Town plan survey results

Results from the Town Plan survey are now available on-line. For Llangollen FoE these results can help us target future action, so that we can deliver results on issues that local people really care about.

The question was asked, “Which of the following aspects are most important to you about living in Llangollen?” 87% of respondents selected, “The surrounding countryside”. This shows clearly how much residents value the natural environment in which they live.

Another interesting result came from the question, “In your opinion, which of the following environmental initiatives are of most importance to you in Llangollen?”

Energy saving initiatives 42%, Micro-generation (e.g. solar power, wind turbines) 20%, Water saving measures 18%, More recycling litter bins in town centre 45%, Increasing the availability of allotments 19%, None of the above are important to me 8%.

Have a look at the results yourself at; www.llangollentowncouncil.co.uk

Welcome!

Welcome to the brand new Llangollen Friends of the Earth blog! This is a space for members to share ideas and opinions, to celebrate success and publicise up coming opportunities for action.

Comments are very welcome from all readers. If Llangollen FoE members would like to contribute, then please get in touch with Warren.