The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is consulting on Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance on ‘Biodiversity and Development’. You can view this at http://www.beacons-npa.gov.uk/?p=29129 and responses are required by 18 August.
Bees for Development and Monmouthshire Meadows have produced an impressive Hedgerow Manifesto for Monmouthshire, describing their importance and how they would wish them to be managed. It is available as a pdf from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rural Funding Roadshow at Llanelwedd on 28 June has been postponed.
The Campaign Against the Levels Motorway (CALM) has organised a meeting at Newport Civic Centre on Wednesday, 22 June (7.30pm) to update on the situation and discuss the way forward, particularly with the aim of stimulating wider involvement of organisations and individuals. Ten national environmental charities have recently written to the Welsh Government asking them to withdraw the current plans and invest the money in public transport, active travel and the use of rail freight services.
There is a Future Generations Growers Conference at Coed Hills, St Hillary, Vale of Glamorgan on 8/9 July. The event aims to bring together those involved in creating a sustainable food system in Wales. Details at https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/events/future-generations-growers-conference-coed-hills-south-glamorgan.
Smart Energy GB are holding a free event at the Wales Millennium Centre on Monday, 27 June to talk about smart meters, smarter grids and smarter living. Speakers include Sophie Howe and Lucy Siegle – details and tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/smarter-wales-cymru-glyfrach-tickets-25267671285.
Starting on 20 June, for 20 months, at least one of the Brynglas tunnels will be closed to traffic for up to five nights a week between 8.00pm and 6.00pm. During this essential maintenance period the main alternative route will be Newport’s Southern Distributor Road between junctions 24 and 28, though the intervening junctions will be available for local access not involving the tunnels.
The High Court has ruled that a wind energy project at Tidenham by Resilient Energy Severndale was not given lawful planning permission because the Forest of Dean District Council was not entitled to take into account as a material consideration the community donation of 4% of the turbine-generated turnover.
Civic Trust Cymru is advertising for a Project Officer, 2.5 days pw at up to £21k pro rata until March 2017, suitable for someone with knowledge and interest in planning and the historic and built environment. Cardiff based. See www.civictrustcymru.org.uk or contact email@example.com. Closes 26 June; interviews 1 July.
Blaenavon World Heritage Centre is holding taster sessions on Saturday, 25 June (at 12, 2, and 3pm) to try out activities and become a member of its Wildlife Warriors Club for children aged 7-11. The club meets monthly to learn about forest skills, birdwatching, pond dipping, etc. Information at www.visitblaenavon.co.uk or 01495 742333.