12:40pm Friday 28th February 2014
12:38pm Friday 28th February 2014
2:00pm Thursday 27th February 2014
I NOTICED with concern that fracking is slipping off media agenda. In order to satisfy their gas/petrol guzzling public with their huge cars, the Americans embrace fracking with open arms. Already there have been more than 150 recorded incidents involving contaminated water; many of the underground water tables are polluted, and the latest worrying incident occurred in a small village in Pennsylvania where a fracking well exploded with a huge fire, causing parts of the surrounding inhabitants to be evacuated.
1:01pm Thursday 13th February 2014
12:57pm Thursday 13th February 2014
1:23pm Thursday 30th January 2014
1:06pm Tuesday 28th January 2014
I PLEAD forgiveness for being more than sceptical at the timing of the announcement by CCBC that they have delivered an underspend of £4.5 million. Having listened to many residents of the Western Valley and a number from the Bedwas and Trethomas areas over recent years, all have agreed this local authority has done little for our areas. To add insult to injury this CCBC is now embarking upon consultation on “proposed changes to school admission arrangements in 2015/16” in the Islwyn West Area.
10:54am Tuesday 7th January 2014
WITH THE latest shame to hit Caerphilly council is that taxpayers were subsidising employee car loans for workers who apparently rarely used their vehicles for council purposes. Between April 2009 and March 2013, the value of outstanding car loans declined from £269,000 to £118,000. But over the period 35 people were repaying loans at the low interest rate of 5.9%.
10:47am Tuesday 7th January 2014
WITH the release of secret Government papers under the 30 year rule, at last the truth has come out about the 1984-5 miners strike. Despite all their denials at the time, Margaret Thatcher and the Tories had a hidden agenda to destroy the mining industry, through her well-planned strategy of killing off Britain’s weak, poorly-led Trade unions. She first struck at the engineering unions, and provoked a strike with British Leyland.
3:23pm Monday 6th January 2014
11:27am Monday 30th December 2013
1:02pm Monday 16th December 2013
THIS year’s autumn statement is classic Osborne, full of the usual denials and misinformation that has come to characterise this awful Chancellor. The Institute of Fiscal Studies has run a coach and horses through Osborne’s autumn statement pointing out that there is a whopping £12 billion black hole in his sums, which will mean further tax rises or more cuts in essential services. They also point out that due to wages falling so far behind the cost of living, that for every year Cameron has been in number 10 we are £1.600 worse off.
12:08pm Thursday 12th December 2013
12:06pm Thursday 12th December 2013
UNBELIEVABLE! The increase for all MPs pay/salary at such a high percentage. What should be considered is the way they are paid. Why should all individual workers, some in same workplaces, be paid at different rates yet all MPs be paid equally throughout the nation. They should all be paid their expenses from a central fund whilst on duty at parliament. But, their pay and expenses whilst in their own constituencies should be raised from their individual constituency and the constituents would be charged through their local rates. It is then up to the constituents to decide what rate the individual MP should receive, even if there is a need for a constituency ballot on it.
12:05pm Thursday 12th December 2013
12:59pm Tuesday 10th December 2013
12:56pm Tuesday 10th December 2013
ALLAN Pritchard, (December 6), expressed the view that the First Minister showed “utter disrespect” when answering questions on the education rating for Wales. I accept his right to make such comments and would fight for his right to make them. However, I cannot but believe that he is being a bit holier than thou in this instance.
11:48am Friday 6th December 2013
12:02pm Wednesday 4th December 2013
12:00pm Monday 2nd December 2013
12:11pm Thursday 21st November 2013
I DOUBT the Monmouth MP David Davies would know an impact if it hit him in the face, I see he is on the committee of MPs investigating the effects of the spare bedroom subsidy, clearly living in an extremely nice part of Wales doesn’t reflect the poorest parts of Wales and the effect it is having on a very lot of people.
12:40pm Tuesday 5th November 2013
HOW CAN our government coolly announce the go-ahead for two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point while at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, workers are still battling to clean up the disaster caused two years ago?
11:30am Friday 1st November 2013
11:21am Tuesday 29th October 2013
IT IS with a great deal of pride I write this letter, as a member of the Newbridge Environmental Group. I wish to thank the staff and children and some parents of Pentwynmawr Primary and Pant Side primary schools for their efforts and enthusiasm on recent litter-picks in both villages, it’s so reassuring to see the children taking part. Every time we go out with them they seem to be even keener than before. Thank you both schools.
11:16am Tuesday 29th October 2013
11:15am Tuesday 29th October 2013
12:26pm Monday 21st October 2013
AS THE secretary and a trustee of (Pontymister Youth AFC) I feel the need to air my concerns regarding getting young children involved in sport. I recently wrote to three schools in the area with the aim of recruiting youngsters under the age of eight to join the club and get them involved in sport and keeping fit. Included were flyers introducing the club. As the turnout to the advertised session was poor, I contacted the schools to follow up my request. I was appalled to be told by Risca Primary School that they were unable to hand out the flyers as they could only send out literature received from Caerphilly County Borough Council. I find this hard to believe when I know pupils are sent home with requests to donate to charities, such as filling shoe boxes with gifts for children abroad. It is appalling to think that they can help such charities, yet cannot help a local charity such as Pontymister Youth by handing out flyers and help by encouraging their pupils to get involved with out-of-school activities.
2:06pm Thursday 17th October 2013
ONCE again I read Cllr Dix has raised the same misinformation he peddled prior to the last council elections, when he claimed Caerphilly council under Plaid lost £15 million in the collapsed Icelandic banks in 2008.
1:36pm Wednesday 16th October 2013
IT IS very interesting to read Cllr Dix (Oct 9), he clearly fixes responsibility for Iceland essential car users allowance and holiday buy outs on Plaid Cymru and not the public servants of Caerphilly.
12:43pm Tuesday 15th October 2013
I’M GLAD to see the independent Public Services Ombudsman for Wales has decided not to take any action against pa a Plaid Cymru councillor at the centre of Caerphilly County Borough Councils’ pay scandal.
12:40pm Tuesday 15th October 2013
11:48am Monday 14th October 2013
1:09pm Friday 11th October 2013
11:51am Tuesday 1st October 2013
11:59am Friday 27th September 2013
BLACKWOOD Town Council have for many years tried to secure a cinema for the residents of Blackwood and the surrounding areas, as this has always been one of the main topics of conversation when speaking to local people.
11:56am Friday 27th September 2013
TO ALL concerned, I lost my wallet with my driving licence in; so, I went on line to renew, clicked on DRIVINGLICENCE.UK.COM thinking I was in the DVLA, filled the form in, and then paid £70 charge. I received mail this morning and all I had was a filled in form with my details. It was not the DVLA site, but I could not get my money back, I then phoned the DVLA, who took my details and will send out my licence by mail costing £20 so please take note.
11:41am Thursday 26th September 2013
3:18pm Wednesday 25th September 2013
Join Socialists LABOUR leader Ed Miliband pledges to increase the minimum wage to help with the cost of living. Funny there is a gap between the current minimum wage and the living wage, so why didn’t he pledge to introduce a living wage and do away with the tax credit system? He and the Labour Party know that if they were to introduce the living wage, that would result in a massive public spending increase followed by more borrowing and possible job losses within the public sector.
12:03pm Tuesday 24th September 2013
CLLR Nigel Dix says UK workers having seen their wages fall in real terms over the last three years. Caerphilly Council workers come in this category, but I do not see him writing in the Argus about the chief executive and his deputy plus all the 20 top bosses awarding themselves 20 per cent. This was rescinded after a public outcry. I believe that all Labour councillors should hang their heads in shame for allowing this to happen, but all you get from them is silence.
11:53am Tuesday 17th September 2013
THE National Health Service in Wales is in a worse situation than in England, MP Ann Clwyd has said. Ms Clwyd has been tasked with conducting a review of the NHS in England since she took a public stand about the health service following her husband Owen Roberts’ death in October. Cynon Valley MP suggests there is reluctance on the part of the Welsh Government to admit there are serious problems with the Welsh NHS.
12:31pm Wednesday 11th September 2013
WHEN ARE our incompetent, bone-headed warmongering, egotistic Westminster wannabes going to get it through their thick skulls that Britain only plays a part in world order when it’s comfortably sat on the American President’s lap.
3:25pm Monday 9th September 2013
12:18pm Friday 6th September 2013
I WAS concerned to read that plans have been submitted for the construction of wind turbines on hill farms in Caerphilly Borough (Argus, August 30).One of the reasons given in support of the application is the need for farmers to diversify. Of course there are many other ways of doing that without spoiling the skyline with flailing blades; but none worth considering as long as there’s easy money blowing in them hills.
12:14pm Friday 6th September 2013
CLLR NIGEl Dix likes to look back at the previous Plaid administration, but what about the Labour administration before that? When the living wage could have been introduced, during the so-called New Labour good times. Plaid is a democracy and Plaid councillors vote on personal ideas and public feedback, in other words they listen to what their voters say.
12:23pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013
1:01pm Monday 2nd September 2013
Anger at bank REGARDING your article about HSBC closing the branch in Tredegar, having previously closed its branch in Blaenavon, you should also note the branch in Newbridge is closing on October 11.
10:47am Friday 30th August 2013
LABOUR councillors like Nigel Dix failed to realise the implications for Labour’s living wage policy in Caerphilly council. They have created a regional pay system, with neighbouring councils still paying their low-paid workers the old pay scale. Why should the low-paid workers of Merthyr, Torfaen, Newport, Blaenau Gwent and NHS be on a lower pay grade for doing the same job?
10:23am Tuesday 27th August 2013
I REFER to the letter from John Williams relating to the Gwent Police use of ‘one- stop shops’. I am working with the chief constable to review the way that communities can access police stations, officers and staff.
10:22am Tuesday 27th August 2013
12:16pm Friday 23rd August 2013