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St Athan Village Proposed Traffic Solution

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The number one killer of young people (defined as 15-29 year olds) in the world is road related deaths.
In the UK there were 1730 traffic deaths in 2015[1]. There is often more than one contributing factor, however it is claimed 90%[2] to 95%[3] of the time driver error was one of the contributing factors. While the data available does not give us a precise number of how many definitely included driver error, we can see an overwhelming majority of the time that a contributing factor is driver error[4].
Driver failed to look properly and driver/rider failed to judge other person's path of speed are the highest contributors by a considerable margin and issues relating to speed are secondary, while other issues trail behind considerably.

A Centralist view of the Left vs Right local debate

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Martyn John Shrewbury, Former Green Party Wales Leader and Benjamin Mackenzie Chief Editor of The Burkean got away from their keyboards and met in person with matching attire to debate if Hitler and his ideals were in fact socialist or not.



Eglwys Brewis road Press Release

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Vale of Glamorgan Council will not improve safety on Eglwys Brewis road despite a teacher already having lost their life to this dangerous stretch. The road is in a bad state of decay and primarily children walk this route. I wholly support parents and other residents calls for this road to be made safer.

I understand you have been contacted from residents regarding road safety concerns around the Eglwys Brewis into Llantwit Major roads.

I contacted the higher Vale council on this matter and was given a rather comprehensive response that can be summed up to say they have had the road signed off as safe, due to the speed limit being 40 mph.

Sadly they did not respond to my comments about the poor quality of the road, such as flora overgrowth, potholes and soil encroachment creating poor road conditions which increases the level of danger. Additionally the pedestrians walking this road are often children.

I'm very disheartened to find the Vale council are not willing to improve the road safety when the life of a local teacher was already lost on this dangerous road.

Money for Parks but not for Water

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If you missed it, I got to hold this really big cheque for £2000 for our charity* in St Athan which has been set up to help improve the areas of play.


Newydd's contribution here was very generious and it'd be great to see more of their very welcoming staff that met us at the new Old Station estate throughout the company.


Since the dawn of human existence we have been putting things into our bodies to see what they do, then repeating be cause we either liked, got addicted, or simply wanted a bigger sample size (yay science). Drugs aren’t even a human phenomenon, cats like catnip, and other animals have been chewing mildly hallucinogenic leaves for millennia. Somewhere in the trail of human history we developed the artificial idea of an acceptable drug, as science developed we were able to categorise them, and more recently the state has taken an interest in substance consumption.

I’m not by any means arguing that many drugs, used in many ways, aren’t harmful to health and society. My core position in that there will never be zero harm as a result of drugs, instead of targeting impractical zero drug futures, it would be more pragmatic, compassionate and successful to think about ways in which we can reduce the harm of drugs. We must recognise the complexity of a human diaspora. No single factor solely relates to the harm caused by drugs. There are no magic theories, that cover the individual and a massive population with equal accuracy, only suggestions that something might help.