[diggers350] Brithdir Mawr - Should the Roundhouse be pulled down?!?

kimberley connor kimberley_connor at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Nov 25 12:16:51 GMT 2003

awwww FFS!!! I wish I'd heard about this earlier, been
busy doing an eco site classification, I used the
roundhouse as an example of 'the way forward', a
thesis a few yrs ago as part of my degree....I'm
gutted....can't believe the council are doing this,
WTF is wrong with these people?!?....surely it would
only cause further damage to the environment by
demolishing it or perhaps they want to make money off
it by making it a tourist thing...FFFFFFF AAAGGGHHH
I've emailed Tony but if anyone hears the outcome of
the council meet can u let me know please.....btw, any
word on Twyford Down??

 --- Rowan <ladyrowan100 at yahoo.com> wrote: > From
> "The 'lost tribe' of Wales 
> Brithdir Mawr in Pembrokeshire, West Wales is home
> to a small 
> community who have rejected many of the trappings of
> modern day life 
> in favour of living off the land and relying on
> natural resources. 
> For years the community lived in isolation on a
> 165-acre site of 
> farm and woodland. That was until they were spotted
> by a survey 
> plane and became known as the 'lost tribe' of Wales.
> John Craven meets members of the Brithdir Mawr
> community and finds 
> out about their their aim to become self-sufficient.
> Meanwhile 
> Michaela Strachan learns how the community coppice
> their wood and 
> meets a woman who has opted for a spartan life in a
> straw hut.
> Since the village was first noticed in 1998,
> Pembrokeshire Coast 
> National Park has insisted the community's turf
> roofed roundhouse be 
> pulled down. The eco-villagers say it's in harmony
> with the local 
> environment but the park authority argue it was
> built without 
> permission and contravenes strict planning
> regulations.
> Give your views on the future of the Brithdir Mawr
> roundhouse in a 
> phone vote: 
> If you think the house should be ALLOWED, call 0900
> 1 800 311. 
> If you think the house should be DEMOLISHED, call
> 0900 1 800 322. 
> Calls cost 10p and the lines are open until noon on
> Monday 24 
> November. Results in the 30 November show."
> Have a look at this link www.brithdirmawr.com loads
> of info on the 
> community, including photos.
> I don't know why the authorities are so frightened
> of this way of 
> life - the homes are far less destructive to the
> environment than 
> conventional ones and isn't that what the
> authorities say they want 
> these days, sustainable development?  Maybe there's
> not enough money 
> to be made.
> I don't suppose for one moment these communitites
> would get planning 
> permission if they applied in the usual way, before
> building, so 
> this appears to be the only way they can do it.
> Other communities 
> have eventually got planning permission for their
> homes, and maybe 
> this one can be saved too if there's enough public
> support for it.
> I don't know what else we can do yet except make
> that phone call - 
> hopefully they'll take notice of the result, but as
> the lines are 
> only open till tomorrow lunchtime (Monday) there's
> not much time.  
> Please feel free to post this elsewhere (if I've not
> got there 
> first - I'll be doing the rounds before getting back
> to me sickbed!) 
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