Friday, April 28, 2006

Mr C Black of 7 Whinberry Way, St Fagans, Cardiff loses his planning appeal.

I had a letter from The Planning Inspectorate yesterday...

Appeal Decision

Site visit made on 04/04/06

by Anthony H Vaughan

an Inspector appointed by the National Assembly for Wales

Date 25/04/2006

Appeal Ref: APP/Z6815/A/06/1197717

Site address: 7 Whinberry Way, St Fagans, Cardiff.

The National Assembly has transferred the authority to decide this appeal to me as the appointed Inspector.

The appeal is made by Mr C Black under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against the decision of the Cardiff County Council to refuse to grant planning permission.

The application ref:05/01422/W, registered by the Council on 16 June 2005, was refused by notice dated 23 August 2005.

The development is for the retention of a feathered edge fence.


1. For the reasons given below, I dismiss this appeal.


2. The fence that has been erected is both prominent and overbearing in appearance. In my opinion, the proximity to the highway of this discordant and unprepossessing enclosure mars the residential alignment at the entry to Crosswells Way, spoiling the character and openness of the present housing layout. To permit the fence to remain would breach both Policy 11 of the City of Cardiff Local Plan which is the Development Plan and Policy 2.20 of the emerging UDP.

3. I have taken account of the claims regarding the problems of maintenance of the landscaped strip, its allegedly unauthorised use as a play and dog exercise area and domestic security. I have also considered all other matters raised in the submissions, including other fencing projects in the locality, and the letters of support that have been submitted, but find nothing that turns me away from my decision.


I was very pleased to receive this letter from the Planning Inspectorate. I agree with the decision made by the Inspector, he writes a lot of common sense and will not be bullied by this householder who appears to want to do exactly how he pleases without the granting of Planning Permission. I wonder if I had not written to our Council on the 5th November 2005 telling them that he had not complied with their refusal if Mr C Black would have appealed to the Welsh Assembly. I doubt he would have and I suspect that he thought nobody would be bothered by his unauthorised building work. I think he was trying to pull a fast one and was ignoring our democracy and local laws. Maybe he wanted to build something extra on the extra ground now enclosed by the new fence? If nobody objected to him having the new fence then over time he could have built something and claimed that the fence had always been in that position since before he had moved in.

I look forward to the removal of this offending fence to it's original position. I know that had I not notified our Council in the first place and sent them a reminder that we would have been stuck with this enlarged fence for ever. Justice has been done, Mr C Black appealed against this justice and lost. Result!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Dahab bombings.

There were 3 bombs that went off yesterday in the Egyptian holiday resort of Dahab. There were at least 23 people killed and 62 wounded. The 3 bombs went off almost simultaneously which is a tactic often used by al-Qa'ida. This attack bears the hallmarks of al-Qa'ida and comes after another tape from Osama bin Laden was broadcast warning of attacks on Western civilians. It is horrible how holiday makers are targetted in this way. It has happened in Egypt quite a lot in the past and this is another knock to their tourist industry. These tourists were no threat to anyone, just enjoying a holiday and having a good time with the rest of the human race. These 23 people have paid the price for the way western politicians have invaded countries and peoples throughout the Middle East. We were warned but the politicians continued to wage war against Islam and now ordinary people have lost their lives. Is there anywhere safe for westerners to take their holidays away from their home countries? When will our politicians in the west stop interfering in the Middle East and put a stop to this needless bloodshed? Elections in our so called democracy are a rare event like every 4 years so I do not forsee any quick solution to this global terrorist threat that is of our own making.

Where will be the next multiple bombing? We do not know when but I feel it will happen again this year in another tourist resort that is popular with westerners.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Wages in the UK.

There has been a lot of press attention recently about what people earn in the UK starting with radio and television people. So I will add my thoughts on the issue. I understand market forces and the labour market. There is a lot of rubbish put around by employers who in reality only wish to pay as little as they can get away with. They informally fix a local rate for jobs and in lower paid jobs if there is a labour shortage they will run their businesses understaffed rather than put up the pay. However, radio and television employers do not appear to be playing the same game. How can Jonathan Ross be in the bidding for a £15m 3 year contract? Are the radio and television bosses mad? I think the bosses of these media companies are wrong. One employee cannot be worth that much. There are loads of people trying to get into radio and television. Jonathan Ross's talent is not unique, nor is the talent of other radio and television presenters and actors. They are just people doing a day job just like you and me. The viewer or listener will be just as well served and entertained by a lower paid broadcaster. The BBC should stand up to these people, hold the licence payers money back and pay a just wage for the work done rather than lottery money. There is enough new and good talent out there to fill in the gaps of the overpaid big names. Remember how unrepresentative these high earners are when they entertain you in your home or car. Fewer than 4% of people in the UK earn over £52,000 and two-thirds earn less than the average of £28,000. This makes these top earning media people seem even more smug and it annoys me even more when they appear on air so smiley and jolly. Well stick your money, there are other programmes to listen to or watch rather than have your overpaid big egos flaunt your wealth into my life. I feel that the BBC can sack the lot and start again with no loss of quality to the licence payer. Remember just how much work the unnamed production crews do for the big name who is only an overpaid mouthpiece.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Like ducks at the fairground.

It made me very angry yesterday when I read my newspaper . The front page story lead with the inquest into the death of Tom Hurndall who was murdered by the Israel Defence Force in Rafah. He is the 3rd British victim of the deliberate killing policy of the Israel Defence Force, the other 2 being the cameraman James Miller and Ian Hook, who was leading a UN reconstruction programme in the Jenin refugee camp.

The Israel Defence Force picked these guys off like ducks at a fairground game, a deliberate deadly game. The Israeli army and government were obstructive with any investigations into these deaths and wanted to cover these murders up. That is an inhumane response from any government and it's army was acting against international law and the Geneva Conventions. I am appalled that our own government in the UK were of little help to the berieved families and wanted the families to drop any proceedings against the Israel Defence Force. You can only wonder how much pressure the Jewish lobby has put on our government to be obstructive and to get these inquests stopped. These 3 murders are war crimes and should be prosecuted as such. Our government has not been representative of our citizens abroad and by not supporting the berieved families in seeking prosecution have condoned the criminal actions of the Israel Defense Force.

The number of Palestinian victims murdered by the Israel Defense Force is huge and receives little exposure from the UK media. Life sometimes and to some people is cheap but these are war crimes and should be prosecuted as such.

Shame on Israel for it's evil actions against humanity.

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