ANNEX IV: NOTE BY MRS LLIN GOLDING MP
On Tuesday 17 April 2001, I went to Machynlleth,
a market town, on the west coast of Wales.
I booked in at a pub where I learned that the Easter
weekend had been very, very busywith people calling at
11 pm trying to get a room for the night but everywhere was full.
The Tourist Information Office said they'd had fewer
enquiries than normaldown by 40 per cent and some walkers
had been abusive, but the Town had been busy.
I went to Aberdovey where I was told both by shopkeepers
and the Tourist Information Office that the town had been very,
very busy over Easter, with not a room to be had and walkers seeming
quite happy to walk along the long beach.
The weather had been warm and sunny.
I drove back on Wednesday 18 and having stopped at
a number of cafes and a craft mill was told that they had been
I called in at Welshpool. The town was quiet but
as it was 2 pm on a Wednesday afternoon I wasn't surprised. However,
the one shop I went into said they'd been busy.
The Countryside was looking good with many sheep
to be seen. Welshpool had cases of foot and mouth disease near
it and I saw one burning of sheep, but apart from that and the
footpath closed signs I saw no other evidence of foot and mouth
disease. The weather was warm and sunny, snow, hail, wind and