Our Last Chance To Stop Opencast | Wednesday, June 24th 1pm, CCBC offices, Ty Penallta, Ystrad Mynach

Posted: June 19, 2015 in Musings
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BY GOD BELIEVE IN SOMETHING!?

Recently actor Michael Sheen visited Tredegar and in an impassioned speech and from the bandstand of  Bedwellty House and Park, said:

“You must stand up for what you believe, but first of all, by God, believe in something!”

Please Share – from United Valleys Action Group

RE: Nant Llesg Opencast Mine Proposal Planning Decision, Weds June 24th, from 1pm.

We cannot stress how important it is to have large numbers o our communities at the planning meeting in Ty Penallta Ystrad Mynach on Weds 24th of June.

The council have set aside 3 rooms including the canteen to accomodate the public. With video links to the meeting.

If only 20 people turn up we will have very little impact on the meeting and the mountain and moorland west of Rhymney will be lost forever and we will face Fifteen to Twenty years of devastation from the UK’s biggest opencast mine, possibly with a scenario of it being turned into the UK’s biggest rubbish dump? Who knows?

*A BUS WILL BE PICKING UP THROUGHOUT RHYMNEY AND PONTLOTTYN STARTING 1PM ON THE DAY. 
Please INBOX @United Valleys Action Group Facebook page and we will give you a number to ring to be added to the list.

Would you rather when your kids look up at the mountain and see the opencast, be able to tell them I tried to stop it, or, tell them I sat indoors and let them do it.

Better still when you take your kids and grand kids for a walk on the common.

You can say – “I HELPED SAVE AND PROTECT THIS FOR YOU!!!”

Our Last Chance To Stop Opencast

Our Last Chance To Stop Opencast

The Risk to Property Prices and RESALE value is ENORMOUS if Nant Llesg OPENCAST is given go ahead.
Who the hell will want to move to Pontlottyn or RHYMNEY when it is blighted by OPENCAST for fifteen years, then a possible decade of shale mounds and weeds as grass seed tries to grow where there is no soil or clay and where no creature can live?

We found out from two Caerphilly borough councillors at Ty Penallta yesterday that a wind turbine application for Gelligaer Common, 4 miles south from what would be the UK’s largest proposed opencast site at Nant Llesg, was denied due to “Visual Impact”!
One quote was; “You can’t make this shit up!”

THIS IS VISUAL IMPACT!!!

THIS IS VISUAL IMPACT!!!

THE view from Gelligaer Common of the multi million tonne spoil heaps of Ffos Y Fran taken last April 2014, the same Gelligaer Common where CCBC planning committee refused a wind turbine yesterday due to “Visual Impact”… If this isn’t “Visual Impact” I don’t know WTF is?!!!
From the stunning views of Pen Y Fan and the Morlais Iron Age fort taken from a site which Arthur Pendragon once rode. To 2014,now looking across a dump of wasteland that stinks of corruption and money leaching out of a deprived community that has not benefitted from the spoils.
This photo wasn’t in the propaganda brochures for the proposed Nant Llesg project next to this that the company had produced by their Bristol based PR company. Funny that?

A question was asked in the open meeting in Rhymney last Wednesday about Huw Lewis our Assembly Minister. Earlier this year we disclosed payments made to Huw Lewis’ election campaign were made by Bernard Llewellyn, the OPENCAST mining magnate…

“An election flyer produced by a Labour community council candidate in Fochriw has been brought to our attention. It states that a community councillor undertook a survey of residents and over 90% were concerned about the prospect of an opencast so close to the community. It goes on to say, “Labour member Robert Chapman added, Talking to local people, I know how much concern there is about Nant Lesg (Llesg). I want to work closely with Cllr Hardacre and Labour Community Councillors to echo these concerns.” Historically in Merthyr, Labour did nothing to help residents attempts to fend off the other Miller Argent opencast Ffos y Fran. The residents against Ffos y Fran website tells their story,http://www.stopffosyfran.co.uk Residents are still having problems with dust, light pollution and vibration – is there any help for these people who are suffering? Definitely not from the Labour Party. In fact Huw Lewis AM received a campaign donation of £10,000 from Bernard Llewellyn of Miller Argent.

So if you think that Labour will protect residents from Nant Llesg, going on past Labour deeds they won’t!

Take a look at the Map (here: http://caerphilly.opus3.co.uk/ldf/maps/ldp-proposals-map#x=312141.64836834&y=206754.56939826&l=310637.0519586&r=313646.24477808&t=207613.58282328&b=205895.55597324&scale=10000&356&157 ) – the area’s that are hatched are coal safeguarded so have the potential to be opencasted…. if Nant llesg gets approved.. where next???

We’ve (UNITED VALLEYS ACTION GROUP) had info yesterday that the whole of Bedwellty Mountain Common, from Markham to Cefn Golau has been sold off to you know who!
The fuckers are getting ready for phase three!
Markham people are up in arms.
I have been warning and warning people what’s coming for the last few years if they don’t act next week at CCBC planning hearing on the 24th.
We’ll all be dead before the opencasts have finished and every mountain will have been destroyed around here.
The mineral rights below Abertysswg were snapped up two month ago, the whole of Rhymney Hill from Pen Bryn Oer to the golf course is also targeted (the 1980s Shepherd Hill site). Mark my words. I we fail next week. These upper valleys villages and towns will be sacrifice zones, unfit to live in or bring up a family… For many decades!

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