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Petitioning Councillor Christopher Williams and 71 others

Reject the application to develop an opencast mine at Bryn Defaid in Llwydcoed, Aberdare

There are two future visions possible for our village and its surrounding environment.  The old-style vision which the application represents is continuing reliance upon extractive industries. This is a vision that consigns the area to a future that is unsustainable, short-termist, bleak, dirty and outdated. The newer vision we seek is of a brighter, more diverse, service based future - as represented in the policies of RCT Council and the Welsh Government (RCT CBC Single Integrated Plan; Valleys Regional Park; Sustainable Development Scheme; Heads of the Valleys Low Carbon Zone) This is a vision that offers hope for a greener, healthier Cynon Valley based on tourism, leisure, environmental improvement and sustainable development.

Celtic Energy’s vision is a hangover from the past. It represents short term advantages to those whose jobs will be saved, but disadvantages to the many who have to suffer environmental degradation. The alternative is a vision for the future. It will create more sustainable types of opportunity but these are less tangible and longer term. What is needed is for local councilors to get firmly behind this new future now, to believe in it, invest in it and help local people feel committed to it. Why give this future away to a company that has little interest in the long term welfare of the local area and whose only concern is immediate profit? 

If this application succeeds, it will be the same as the other opencast mines that are now accumulating across the Heads of the Valleys and add to the growing arc of opencasts from Neath to Merthyr Tydfil.  These developments are:

  • polluting, noisy and ugly
  • damaging to the local environment
  • detrimental to the area’s slowly-recovering, still fragile natural beauty
  • a depressing reminder to local people that their local environment is not valued – except in money terms

The company will be forced to remediate the damage they cause but they cannot hide the scarring of the land and the setback to the alternative future we all desire.

 

We plead with RCT Councilors to vote against this proposal and, in the process, vote for a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable future for the Welsh valleys which is in line with their own policy initiatives and those of the Welsh Assembly Government.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Councillor
    Christopher Williams
  • Councillor
    Graham Smith
  • Councillor
    Joy Rosser
  • Councillor
    Aurfron Roberts
  • Councillor
    Michael Powell
  • Councillor
    Steve Powderhill
  • Councillor
    Sue Pickering
  • Councillor
    Irene Pearce
  • Councillor
    Mark Norris
  • Councillor
    Barrie Morgan
  • Councillor
    Craig Middle
  • Councillor
    Robert McDonald
  • Councillor
    Christina Leyshon
  • Councillor
    Rhys Lewis
  • Councillor
    Lionel Langford
  • Councillor
    Sylvia Jones
  • Councillor
    Joel James
  • Councillor
    Robert Smith
  • Councillor
    Graham Stacey
  • Councillor
    Shelley Rees-Owen
  • Councillor
    Helen Boggis
  • Councillor
    Richard Yeo
  • Councillor
    Clayton Willis
  • Councillor
    Doug Williams
  • Councillor
    William Weeks
  • Councillor
    Emyr Webster
  • Councillor
    Maureen Webber
  • Councillor
    Maureen Weaver
  • Councillor
    Malcolm Watts
  • Councillor
    Paul Wasley
  • Councillor
    Lyndon Walker
  • Councillor
    Roger Turner
  • Councillor
    Graham Thomas
  • Councillor
    Margaret Tegg
  • Councillor
    Barry Stephens
  • Councillor
    Geraint Hopkins
  • Councillor
    Glynne Holmes
  • Councillor
    Linda DeVet
  • Councillor
    Mike Forey
  • Councillor
    Adam Fox
  • Councillor
    Andrew Morgan
  • Councillor
    Simon Lloyd
  • Councillor
    Keiron Montague
  • Councillor
    Philip Howe
  • Councillor
    Annette Davies
  • Councillor
    Karen Morgan
  • Councillor
    Tina Williams
  • Councillor
    Anita Calvert
  • Councillor
    Anthony Christopher
  • Councillor
    Jeffrey Elliott
  • Councillor
    Steven Bradwick
  • Councillor
    Sharon Rees
  • Councillor
    John Davies
  • Councillor
    Pauline Jarman
  • Councillor
    Jane Ward
  • Councillor
    Eudine Hanagan
  • Councillor
    Paul Griffiths
  • Councillor
    Margaret Griffiths
  • Councillor
    Sera Evans Fear
  • Councillor
    Margaret Davies
  • Councillor
    Albert Davies
  • Councillor
    Mark Adams
  • Councillor
    Geraint Davies
  • Councillor
    John David
  • Councillor
    Joyce Cass
  • Councillor
    Paul Cannon
  • Councillor
    Jacqui Bunnage
  • Councillor
    Teressa Bates
  • Councillor
    Paul Baccara
  • Councillor
    Jill Bonetto
  • Councillor
    Robert Bevan
  • Councillor
    Ann Crimmings

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