Vale of Glamorgan

Do we need to start encrypting our bins?

David Elston's picture

I bloody hope not! That would make taking them out even worse!

Yet Councils across the UK, most recently the Bridgend County Borough Council have "reformed" their recycling process, causing maximum discontent along the way, all the while being criticised for "not being as good as the Vale of Glamorgan", who do not operate such strict recycling, despite until recently both councils falling under Labour control, making Labour responsible for both recycling approaches.

Since films like Hackers (1995) we have been reminded that gathering data can sometimes be as simple as jumping in a dumpster or routing through a bin but now Councils are making it even easier to have a window into your private lives, for anyone in your street to see.

VoG - Community Mapping

One of David Elston's final pieces as a Community Councillor in St Athan @ 2:30 talking about the community mapping/crowdsourcing exercise that went towards forming his local policies in LE2017.

Monday, 12 June, 2017 - 14:00

No vote is wasted

David Elston's picture

In times of crisis it can be easy to walk away, give into fear or to simply feel powerless.

The Conservatives will make every effort and stand on any atrocity to further their agenda. They need opposing and to be fought every step of the way or our hard won rights can easily be pulled from us.

The Tories are our obvious enemy of equality, freedom and liberty. They want eyes into to our private lives, seek to clamp down on our ability to freely express ourselves and limit our access to furthering ourselves, both in the education system and from online resources.

They keep us down with cutting wages, cutting schools, cutting disability services, cutting hospitals, cutting transport and let us be at risk with cutting the police. They keep us so busy just trying to get by that we often have little time to focus on them targeting our most treasured human rights.

Pirates will always make sure your voice is listened to. This is why you make our policies and with them we change the political landscape so that our civil liberties and digital freedoms are not forgotten or buried under a heap of bad Tory policies.

Meet your Vale of Glamorgan candidates for the General Election

THE CANDIDATES vying for your vote in the 2017 General Election have been confirmed.

Voters in the Vale of Glamorgan constituency will have the choice of eight candidates for the parliamentary seat and the Barry and District News has heard from each one this week.

Thursday, 25 May, 2017 - 13:30

Castleland Man With Burning Ambition

Jeb Hedges's picture

Many people in the Vale of Glamorgan are up in arms about the incinerator being built in the heart of Barry. They believe it is a potential health and safety hazard for the local community, and that a license to operate the incinerator must not be granted.

Local man Jebediah Hedges feels so strongly about the incinerator that he is making it a central part of his campaign for election to the Vale of Glamorgan Council in the Castleland ward, where he is standing as a candidate for the Pirate Party UK.

"This is something much more than a community heating project. Those schemes are popular in countries like Austria, where they are used for heating and generating electricity for small towns of a few hundred homes. This plant, however, is being constructed on an industrial level.

Boundary Review - Pirate Party Respond (WLS - SW)

David Elston's picture

Have you hear of the Parliamentary Constituency changes? The Boundary Commission as of the 5th of December closed responses on their initial plans. We believe in openness and transparency at all levels of government so here is my response for the Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan regions in South Wales.

 


In this report I draw attention to many different aspects of why the proposed changes need a second look. Some of the areas covered are:

  • Commuting
  • Population Size
  • House Prices
  • Voting Records
  • Supply Lines
  • Existing Relationships
  • Local Groups

Vale of Glamorgan / Bridgend response can be viewed here.

 

Improvement Objectives Consultation Response

David Elston's picture

I've been speaking with home owners, tenants and visitors to St Athan both in person and online and have written a response to the Vale of Glamorgan's consultation that reflects all the concerns put to me.

 

 

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Street Lights - Ask and you shall recieve

David Elston's picture

Ever since the Vale of Glamorgan switched the lights off after midnight there have been mixed reactions. Some welcome the light not piercing through their bedroom windows any more, saving the public purse some pennies and of course, lowing our carbon footprint. However in less built up areas, there are real concerns over crime and road safety.

After receiving many concerns from the St Athan constituents, 29th March I wrote to the Vale of Glamorgan council to clarify the streetlight situation. They responded a week later with a lot of useful iformation; specifically what lights they are responcible for, where the lights are and who was involved in the decision making process.

The e-mail to me showed great deal of procedural steps were taken to try and ensure all bases were covered but I did notice a key demographic missing - the people who live in St Athan.

I have circulated the map and key of the street lighting situation but also responded to the Business & Technical Officer for Visible Services and Transport asking if there is any way we can have a review of the area now that the lighting has been practiced for over a year.

 

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