Householders may be asked to separate their glass from the plastics and metals in their purple bags in a pilot scheme in North Monmouthshire this summer. This further separation would bring the county closer to Welsh Government recommendations, and is already practised by half of Welsh councils. Separation of glass could halve the money paid by the council to waste collectors.
Team Abergavenny is the new ‘town team’ that is focusing on the prosperity of Abergavenny and the surrounding area. They are launching the team on Monday, 15 February, in St Michael’s Centre, Pen-y-pound (behind the Catholic Church). They will be open from 3pm until 9pm so you can drop in and talk informally to discuss the future of the town. There will be formal presentations at 3:30 and 7:30.
In pursuance of their Static Advertising Policy to rent space beside the highway for advertising, planning applications DC/2015/1591-4 seek permission for multiple sites at Caldicot, and along A472, A4810 and A48. While the policy aims to assist the business community and to counter unauthorised advertising, as well as to raise revenue, some may feel that these advertisements are unacceptable extra clutter on our roadsides. The relevant Local Development Plan (http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/app/uploads/2015/07/Adopted-Local-Development-Plan.pdf) policy is DES3 on p166.
Welsh Government is consulting on a document that considers priorities that might be delivered by the Wales and Borders franchise when the power to award this is transferred to Welsh Ministers. The services are currently provided by Arriva Trains Wales and the next franchise is likely to start in October 2018. Details at http://gov.wales/consultations/transport/160121-rail-franchise/?lang=en. Responses are required by 18 March.
Nine councils in Wales are to share nearly £9m to improve natural environments used by local communities. The Create Your Space programme will allow groups to apply for grants to make changes to their local areas or conserve existing sites. The money comes from the Big Lottery Fund and dormant account funding from banks and building societies. Applicants will be able to seek grants from between £500,000 and £2m for a seven-year project.
The council areas are Caerphilly, Conwy, Flintshire, Anglesey, Newport, Monmouthshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham. Details at https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/createyourspace. The application deadline is 31 March. Book for a briefing at Newport Leisure Centre on 21 January.
A document offering advice on environmentally-friendly development has earned Monmouthshire County Council a sought-after award. Monmouthshire CC’s Green Infrastructure Supplementary Planning Guidance has won an accolade at the 2015 Landscape Institute Awards held recently in London. The first of its kind in Wales, the document guides the council and applicants through initial pre-application discussions, the application process and the consideration of matters and conditions relating to green infrastructure. It outlines the council’s expectations for green infrastructure and its inclusion within development proposals, and it can be found at http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/app/uploads/2015/07/GI-April-2015.pdf.
A consultation has been published by the Welsh Government on how best to ensure local development plan policies and site allocations positively impact on the use of Welsh language locally. The Planning (Wales) Act 2015, seeks to ensure that the Welsh language is considered during the preparation of development plans and when planning decisions are taken. The consultation – http://gov.wales/docs/desh/consultation/160401tan-20-consultation-document-en.pdf – runs until 30 March.
Monmouthshire CC is consulting on its draft plan for the management of flood risk – it is at http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/flooding. With over 200 pages, the detail is considerable, but the zoomable (only on a tablet?) maps are well worth checking, especially in current weather conditions, and any comments must be made by Monday, 1 February.