National Indicators Consultation

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Nov 302015
 

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 http://gov.wales/consultations/people-and-communities/future-generations-act-how-do-you-measure-a-nations-progress/?skip=1&lang=en.  There is to be a consultation event at Christ Church Centre, Malpas Road, Newport, on Thursday, 3 December (1.00-4.00pm) – book at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/3-rhagfyr-ymgynghoriad-dangysoddion-cenedlaethol-3-december-consultation-national-indicators-tickets-19439542194.

Electrified by 2019

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Nov 262015
 

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

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Nov 222015
 

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 http://gov.wales/consultations/environmentandcountryside/green-growth-wales-options-for-investment-support/?lang=en.  Respond by 29 January.

Common Land Swap Agreed for Circuit

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Nov 202015
 

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

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Nov 152015
 

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

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Nov 142015
 

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 louise@farmgarden.co.uk for a copy of the draft and for further details.

Help Save Llwyn Celyn

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Nov 112015
 

The Landmark Trust’s efforts to restore this Grade I 15th century farmhouse near Abergavenny were featured on a recent Channel 4 documentary.  The Trust has raised £4.2m for this challenging task but is appealing for the remaining £47,000 needed before Christmas so that work can begin in early 2016.  You can donate at www.landmarktrust.org.uk/booking/donations.aspx.