Powys County Council

Threat to Hay on Wye Mark II

Kate Holmes | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Holmes

The Globe festival have had their license revoked and are going to appeal as I speak. 5 people complained!!!!!!! ( even the local B and R paper though this a total joke) so a major source of income for Hay has been denied to its local shop-keepers. Clever Council!!!!!

A Space of One's Own

Kate Holmes | Posted 02.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Holmes

With a new lifestyle label up and running, I've finally bitten the bullet and set up an office. It sounds easy, but it isn't. So many people are increasingly taking the decision to work from home, but it is not without its challenges.

Life in the Country: The Heralding of Spring

Kate Holmes | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Holmes

I opened the Times on the train to London about three weeks ago and nearly choked on my tea as there on page three was a photograph of myself next to Desmund Tutu in an article about Hay-on-Wye and the anti-retail development fight. My "quotes" were direct paraphrases from this very blog.

Letter From the Country: Weather Watch

Kate Holmes | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Holmes

Hay-on-Wye has its own micro-climate, being in a dip with not much winter sun. It always seems a degree or two colder than everywhere locally. Each day I nip in to the centre to grab a loaf of Alex Gooch's beautiful sourdough bread from the local deli and have a quick chat with the shopkeepers.

Life in the Country: Winter Part Two and Latest in Hay-On-Wye's Battle Against Tesco's

Kate Holmes | Posted 16.03.2012 | UK
Kate Holmes

Tesco's seems to be getting a lot of flack in the national press - maybe its monopoly will finally break. Whatever the outcome, the negative press is all good timing for the Plan B protest group in Hay.

Life In the Country (Winter Part 1)

Kate Holmes | Posted 11.02.2012 | UK
Kate Holmes

As winter finally arrives with a vengeance, with trees blown down and the River Wye bursting its banks, an army of redwing birds nest in the derelict pigpen in the top muddy field. The new kitten, Lily, is settling in very well...

Hay-on-Wye V Retail Development Part II

Kate Holmes | Posted 03.01.2012 | UK
Kate Holmes

It's been a week filled with intrigue and subterfuge and lots of whispers rattling around the small market town. Both linked with the proposed development at Hay-on-Wye - which now appears to also involve ripping up playing fields, tennis courts and a Brownie hut for a large retail park.

Hay-On-Wye: The Fight Against a Major Retail Development

Kate Holmes | Posted 28.12.2011 | UK
Kate Holmes

Basically, Hay has been given a choice...the town gets a new school (around 240 pupils) and a "major retailer" who funds the school gets to plonk a "retail development" bang in the middle of Hay. The implications of this affects the future of a small market town filled with individual shops, with no real traffic infrastructure which is bang in the middle of a National Park.