Archive for 21 August 2003

Other towns cherish their parks – not us!

I was angered to read that Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has ruled that the use of Ynysangharad Park for parking can go ahead, despite well-voiced opposition from the public and local politicians.

In England, the UK Government is awarding councils £89m to restore neglected parks as part of their sustainable development plan, recognising the importance town parks play in maintaining the local ecology.

I call on our councillors to look at what other towns are doing before embarking on a project that could be the beginning of the end of Pontypridd as an ecologically balanced shopping destination.

Council should concentrate on delivering change

Chad Rickard was right to point out that Pontypridd is in a far better situation now than it has ever been, (Observer, July 31).

But to suggest that this is down to Plaid Cymru is somewhat delusional. Since 1997, Pontypridd has seen its lowest levels of unemployment, lowest mortgage rates and highest educational standards ever.

However, this is more down to the investment in Cardiff, good fiscal policy and increased educational and training opportunities provided by Labour-led governments than anything cobbled together by the Nationalists at RCT Council.

The previous Labour council was far from perfect, but our footpaths were clear, our streets clean and our views heard.

Plaid Cymru might think delivering newsletters to our doors is an essential service, but delivering change to our streets is what their in office to do.

Factors shaping the form of and participation in online communities

This article discusses the structure of virtual communities and why people participate in them. It investigates the reasons why people participate in these virtual environments and what shape they may take in the future.

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Cite as: Bishop, J. (2003). Factors shaping the form of and participation in online communities. Digital Matrix, 85(2003), 22-24.

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