Monthly Archives: September 2014

McDonalds Meeting

Llanfoist Community Council has called a public meeting to consider the controversial application for a ‘drive-thru’ McDonalds restaurant beside the Heads of the Valleys Road.  The meeting will be at the Village Hall at 6pm on Thursday, 2 October.

Cyclists Call for Annual £10 per Person

Welsh cycling groups are uniting with other organisations across the UK to stop Government treating cycling as a poor relation, with no meaningful targets, strategy or long-term funding.  An All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group has recommended funding of £10 per person per year for safe cycling.

M4 Legal Challenge

Wildlife celebrities Kate Humble and Iolo Williams are supporting the campaign against the new M4 through part of the Gwent Levels, one of Wales’ most important wildlife habitats.  A legal challenge by Friends of the Earth Cymru, supported by the Gwent Wildlife Trust,  means that a judge will now examine whether the Welsh Government unlawfully limited the range of reasonable alternatives by considering only three similar options south of Newport.  Campaigners claim that insufficient consideration was given to Prof Stuart Cole’s Blue Route based on the Newport Southern Distributor road.

Litter Worsens

Keep Wales Tidy’s annual cleanliness index for 2013/14 showed that Monmouthshire streets were the least clean in Wales, scoring 66.0 where Pembrokeshire scored 73.4.  Our county scored 68.1 in the previous year.

Chance to Get Inside a Wind Turbine

The Dean Community Energy group have organised an Open Day on Sunday 28 September at St Briavels wind turbine as part of the Community Energy Fortnight.  See  It’s a great chance to get inside a wind turbine and see and hear what it’s like at first hand. The community model that Resilience Energy set up for this project has won awards for best practice and the community of St Briavels have received over £14,000 in grants from the project so far.  More info on Resilience Energy at

Gwent Wildlife Post Advertised

The Gwent Wildlife Trust is advertising for a Living Landscapes Manager at a salary of £26,582 pa (under review) to deliver the Trust’s work in the eastern Gwent including the Usk to Wye Living Landscape ecological connectivity project and chairing their Nature Reserves Working Group.  Closing date 13 October; interviews 21 October; email for full information and application pack.

Countryside Newsletter

The latest newsletter for volunteers and friends of the Monmouthshire Countryside Service can be viewed here.   It includes details of two guided walks in September and a link to details of the Monmouthshire Walking Festival, 25 October – 2 November