Cynnal Cymru has launched its first Sustain Wales Awards, with applications invited for ten categories by 7 August. Information and application forms at www.cynnalcymru.com/events. It would be good to see some awards come to Monmouthshire, which so often seems marginal to Welsh initiatives.
Today’s Western Mail – http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/m4-relief-road-plans-thrown-9622481 – is suggesting that procedural flaws will lead to the controversial chosen route for Newport’s M4 relief road being ‘quietly dropped’. Transport Minister Edwina Hart has advised that such speculation should be ignored.
TFSR are having a 30th anniversary event to encourage new volunteers to take forward this Crickhowell-based project that sends refurbished toolkits and provides training for African workers. ‘#Engage With Tools’ will be a weekend of music, crafts and enjoyment on 31 July-2 August at a cider farm in Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye. Tickets (£30-40 inc camping) from www.goldengiving.com/w/tfsr-cymru.
As this major project gets under way, this link will provide you with local information, for example about footpath closures: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/great-western-route-modernisation/monmouthshire/
UK Government policy to end subsidies for onshore wind turbines may have contributed to the failure of Mabey Bridge to sell its renewables division at Chepstow as a going concern. The closure could cost 125 jobs.
We have come across this Welsh Government consultation that may deserve a response by the deadline of 11 September – http://gov.wales/consultations/people-and-communities/protecting-community-assets-consultation/?lang=en. A community asset can be any land or building which is important to the wellbeing of a community.
Here is an interesting petition: http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/make-it-mandatory-to-cover-new-rooftops-in-plants-or-solar-panels. It sensibly refers only to roofs in commercial areas and only to part of those roofs.