Village green row 'involved abusive Christmas cards, graffiti and the police'

News of a public hearing being told that a decade-long row over an application to create a village green in Cornwall "has involved abusive Christmas cards, graffiti and the police" features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Times (subscription) reports that "the owner of a plot alongside Forder Creek near Saltash, which locals want recognised as village green, says that she has been left terrified by threats and abuse over recent years, including a message in a Christmas card and graffiti daubed by people whom she labelled Saga Louts". It adds that Ruth Ramsden, "who bought the land with her husband in 2011" told a public hearing in Saltash into the application to turn the site into a village green about a Christmas card sent in 2015 that she passed to police. It read: "Get f***ed you big shit."

The Times' (subscription) Christmas appeal aims to help a charity that supports communities build wind turbines. It reports on one such scheme in South Wales. The piece says that "fears that birds would be killed by the turbine blades proved to be unfounded and concerns over the impact on the landscape quickly petered out".

The Times also reports that "campaigners have condemned plans to put wind turbines on top of one of Britain’s most scenic mountain ranges". The paper says that "the owners of the Cairngorms estate submitted the proposals in a move towards renewable energy but critics have said that they would spoil the beauty of the national park."

The Times reports that "after years of decline, the number of pubs and bars opening in Britain has increased". The paper says that "the pub industry has reversed a decade of closures with a net growth of 320 pubs and bars this year, creating a possible 8,975 jobs, and additional cash turnover of £740 million, according to a report published today". The paper says the analysis, by Stampede, a Scottish hospitality startup, is based on labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and includes new data not yet distributed by the statistics office.


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