22/08/2007

Nimcy Jones MP

We are all aware of the acronym NIMBY which describes those who think that a development that benefits many should go elsewhere, as long as it's Not In My Back Yard. In Conwy County we have a mutation of the NIMBY, a NIMCY Not in My Church Yard. The leading Nimcy is none other than local MP David Jones, who is leading a protest at the proposed siting by Ericsson of a mobile phone mast on the highway immediately outside the ancient parish church of St Trillo.

Good communication links are essential to the development of businesses potential in Wales, be it physical communication links such as duelling the A470 (which most NIMBYS oppose) or modern communication methods such as internet and mobile phone connections. Many mobile phone users who travel up and down the Conwy Valley have to own two mobile phones, because you can't get a decent T Mobile signal in the south of the valley and you can't get a decent Orange signal in the north of the valley. A situation that people in the rest of the UK would find intolerable.

If we are to improve communications and get rid of mobile phone black spots we need to build more masts. There are some places where it might be inappropriate to build them, but I can't for the life of me see why the highway outside St Trillo's church should be one of them. Nimcy Jones MP claims that to erect this mast would be nothing short of sacrilege. As many a rural church survives from fees for mobile phone masts that are added to their spires, without claims of sacrilege against them, how on earth can a mast on the highway by a church be called sacrilege?

The MP notes that This is one of the finest churches in North Wales; its tower is unique, topped by a turret known as the Rector’s Chair, whose function was to hold a brazier which would be set alight if warning ships were spied, quite right too. St Trillo's is, without doubt, a fine church of historic significance, but a mobile phone mast on the highway beside it won't destroy any of the church's features and can't take anything away from its historic importance. So what's the problem?

The problem is that the protesters, in general, are people who have made their fortunes running successful businesses or working for successful businesses elsewhere; businesses that succeeded by using every new innovation that was available. But now that they have retired to their idealised vision of north Wales as a rural backswood they hate anything that might enable the local people to live successful modern lives in a modern Wales. People who think that industry and modernity shouldn't exist in their retirement haven.

Of course those who want to live modern lives in a modern Wales vote Plaid - the NIMBY incomers who want Wales to retire with them vote Tory, which is the only reason why David Jones MP is supporting protests against progress happening in his own constituency.

8 comments:

  1. Protests such as this will do him no good.
    Plaid is poised to win Aberconwy.

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  2. St Trillo sounds like a name that would make an excellent patron saint of mobile phone ringtones.

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  3. Unusually St Trillo was the patron saint of a future invention

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  4. What invention is that Alan? The Cymroconvertor perhaps, which will change Anglo-Saxons into Welsh speaking monoglots at the flick of a switch.

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  5. If you followed the thread.... it was the mobile phone!

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  6. I wonder how you would like it if a mobile phoen mast was put next to your house. There is a growing body of evidence that the thermal and non-thermal effects are harmful to people's health. Improve business communications is NOT a good enough reason to potentially harm innocent people. The cry of NIMCY can only be used on people who are in FAVOUR of such developments elsewhere, but not in there Church Yard. If people are opposed to such developments across the board, then NIMCY is not a fair description. And yes, you are a miserbale old fart!

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  7. Roman, if mobile phone masts are BAD, then mobile phones should be banned all over the UK, not just in Llandrillo yn Rhos

    As I am deaf I couldn't give a damn, personally. I have no personal use for them.

    But if there is an economic benefit for wireless communication to be used for commercial purposes in urban England, why should rural Wales be deprived of the same benefits?

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