Monthly Archives: November 2015

National Indicators Consultation

The Welsh Government want your views on the proposals for the national indicators to measure whether Wales is achieving the seven well-being goals in the Well-being of Future Generations Act.  You have until 11 January to respond and full details are at  There is to be a consultation event at Christ Church Centre, Malpas Road, Newport, on Thursday, 3 December (1.00-4.00pm) – book at

Electrified by 2019

Following a review, Network Rail has announced that the electrification of the Great Western main line from Paddington to Cardiff will be completed by 2019 but the extension to Swansea will now take until 2024.  New trains will be available from 2017, ahead of electrification.  The Department of Transport has reiterated its contribution to Valley Lines electrification.

Consultation on Investment in Green Growth

The Welsh Government is consulting on how Wales might become more prosperous in environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive ways, covering options for boosting investment in resource efficiency, renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy from waste projects.  Details at  Respond by 29 January.

Common Land Swap Agreed for Circuit

The Welsh Government has now approved the deregulation of 244ha of common land above Ebbw Vale to enable the Circuit of Wales motorsport facility to go ahead.  The common land is to be replaced by 307ha of new common on seven sites elsewhere.

Gwent Wildlife Wins

Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Furnace to Flowers project at Ebbw Vale (see 16 October) has won the vote for Wales’ Grow Wild competition for £120,000 of Big Lottery funding.

Comment on Gardens Guidance

The Welsh Government’s paper ‘Improving the availability of allotments and community gardens’ published in July 2014, highlighted the need for up to date guidance to help communities across Wales benefit from increased growing opportunities. As a result guidance has been created in draft form by The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens. The guidance is written for both local authorities and community organisations.  They are now seeking your thoughts and opinions about it and would like to invite you to consultation events, one of which is at The Red House Old Town Hall, High Street, Merthyr TYdfil on 30 November (10am – 1.30pm).  Contact for a copy of the draft and for further details.