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After the Storm…

Posted in Biographical, History with tags , , , on October 16, 2012 by telescoper

Twenty-five years ago I was living in Brighton as a graduate student at the University of Sussex. On October 16th 1987 (a Friday) I woke up to find the electricity had been cut off. Without breakfast I struggled out to find the street lined with fallen trees, smashed cars and houses with broken windows. This was the Great Storm of 1987 which, according to weather forecaster Michael Fish, was “not a hurricane” and I had slept through the whole thing…

Here’s the infamous weather forecast broadcast on the Thursday evening

and here is the BBC News from the following day:

I’m sure my readers (Sid and Doris Bonkers) will be anxious to share their recollections of that wild and windy night through the comments box!


The Co-op that wasn’t….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 16, 2012 by telescoper

Yesterday evening I went to a meeting of local Pontcanna residents for an update about the plans to build a supermarket on King’s Road. The developer, a Mr Voyle, has tried before but had his planning application rejected. He’s back again with a revised application that states that the Co-op want to put a supermarket on the site.

However, this is where the plot thickens. Last night’s meeting was attended by a senior member of the Co-op’s management, who stated categorically that they had no interest in the site and were unaware until a few days ago that their name was being used in the planning application.

You can draw your own inferences about what this developer is up to.

Anyway, the proposed development will cause a huge increase in traffic in an already heavily congested area, so I’ll be sending my objections in writing to the Council, just as soon as I can find my green biro. It’ll also be interesting to see what steps the Co-op take concerning the developer’s misrepresentation of their involvement…


As anticipated, despite having their proposals recommended for rejection last time and OVERWHELMING PUBLIC CRITICISM OF THE PLANS the developers have DISREGARDED LOCALS’ CONCERNS and resubmitted plans for a supermarket on the Pontcanna Pine/Dairy site.

Please attend the meeting to discuss revised scheme and decide on action:
7pm, Monday 15 October, St Catherine’s  Church Hall, Kings Road.
We will also place petitions in local shops and kindly request that you write letters again – the deadline for letters/emails is October 22 2012.

The application for a store at Pontcanna Pine/The Dairy has been submitted again as expected – pretty much the same as before, with a large retail unit on the ground floor and 8 2-bed flats in the two storeys above. There is gated parking for 10 cars – 1 for each flat, 1 for disabled customers and 1 for the store manager – NONE FOR CUSTOMERS.

The main…

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