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Nicky's Fury At Plan To Bulldoze Beauty Spot - Daily Mirror, 14th December 2000

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Title: Nicky's Fury At Plan To Bulldoze Beauty Spot
Publication: Daily Mirror
Date: Thursday 14th December 2000
Writer: Nick Servini

Rock star Nicky Wire was fuming yesterday after a decision to build a road through his favourite woodland beauty spot was given the green light.

Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky joined campaigners battling to save 18th century St David's Woods in his home town of Blackwood, Gwent.

But, despite protests, planners at Caerphilly County Borough Council approved the £25m scheme.

Nicky compared the loss of the woods to the destruction of rainforests.

He added: "In the early days of the band I wrote the words for the song Slash and Burn condemning the destruction of the rainforests.

"Now, here in Blackwood where I was born, St David's Wood prepares itself to meet a similar fate and the policy of slash and burn continues."

The oak trees stand close to 31-year-old Nicky's family home.

He spent childhood summers playing among the trees with poet brother Patrick. He and the rest of the band all went to Oakdale Comprehensive School which stands next to the forest.

Nicky and Richey Edwards lived nearby while drummer Sean Moore and singer James Dean Bradfield lived on the other side of town.

But the band regularly met there - and the woods provided an inspiration for their early success.

Nicky has been kept informed of developments concerning the bypass - to be named Sirhowy Enterprise Way - by mum Irene, a leading campaigner against the planned new road.

He wrote letters of objection to the council and suggested a cycle route instead of the road.

Irene, 63, said: "It was no surprise that planning permission was granted.

"But we'll keep fighting and Nicky and the rest of band are right behind us."