Plaid Cymru’s Green New Deal promise

The leader of Plaid Cymru has promised a “Green New Deal” to rejuvenate the Welsh economy and help maintain Wales’ position at the forefront of Green policies.

Borrowing from the New Economics Foundation (in July 2008 the NEF published a report A Green New Deal), the leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood has promised a “Green New Deal” to rejuvenate the Welsh economy and to help maintain Wales’ position at the forefront of Green policies.

With a reference to US President Roosevelt, whose New Deal is seen as instrumental in reviving the US economy after the 1930s depression, Wood said:

Like Roosevelt in the United States of the 30s, Wales needs a new New Deal.
A Green New Deal aiming to provide skills, work, hope and opportunity to a new generation who have a right to believe that life can be better.

Amongst other proposals, Leanne Wood outlined plans for new Wales based financial institutions and tax breaks for pension funds investing in Wales that should give the economy a boost:

“Investing two or three percent of our workers assets in Wales would help transform the Welsh economy while representing no risk at all to the future returns to scheme members”.

Renewable energy production and a national home energy efficiency programme will be cornerstones of Plaid’s proposals for a greener future. Details of all these proposals these will be central to Plaid’s manifesto for the 2016 Welsh assembly elections.

…one to watch, I’m not sure that we can afford any more sprinkler laws

Building Progress ~ March 2012

Update on building progress during March 2012…

…finishing touches…continued (slowly)…

Hhmmm, wondering exactly what I did achieve in March…

Painting the door frames: I made a start on this back in February and some slow progress in March. I’ve chosen a simple white painted door lining, frame and architrave that I think looks good partnered with untreated, natural oak doors.

I used an ‘eco’ soya oil paint (I think the brand is eco2, but it’s not entirely clear from the packaging) for the first trial doorframe – the one between the kitchen and the utility room – but I wasn’t happy with the finish. In fairness the paint was a couple of years old, having been used on downstairs skirting boards then resealed, but it left a grainy finish and tended to slide off the primed architraves. So looking around and with some advice from @charliebudd on Twitter I selected Little Greene paint for the job – a combined primer and undercoat then a white oil (vegetable) based eggshell. I summary, it is lovely paint, coverage and application are great and it makes the task of painting the frames slightly less onerous (yet still hardly soul lifting!).

Early Welsh Summer: We’ve had some lovely weather of late and we all suspect an even earlier summer than usual with drizzle expected from May onwards! The good weather has driven me outside…

I’ve started to rearrange or remove some of the debris in the yard and around the garage, mainly wood and stone from the barn, with the aim being to achieve more home-like / less building-site-like outside spaces.

With some much help I also managed to remove a partly fallen bough from the large scots pine tree that stands at the top of the yard that was damaged during storms last autumn – pictures coming soon.

Welsh Slate

I have a very small amount of slate roofing to do and I was very pleased to come across a website that contains some great data-sheets on how to go about roofing with slates >>

Welsh Slate.com
StoneWorks Ltd

In their own words: “Welsh//Slate based in North Wales is the worlds leading manufacturer of high quality roofing slate, architectural and aggregate slate products. Welsh//Slate roofing products have an unparalleled reputation for durability and quality.”

The link will take you to the sites Design & Installation (Technical) page from where you can find plenty of related and well laid out data-sheets.

Informative and Welsh… what more could you want?