NRW Area Statements

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Jan 192018

From NRW: ‘As set out in our last update in December 2017, we have set up an online survey to better understand the ways in which you would like to be kept informed of what’s happening during the Area Statement process. Through completing this survey it will enable us to better understand your areas of interest with which you would like to be more closely engaged, and the people in your organisation that need to be involved.  We will use the information to plan and target our communication and engagement around Area Statements. With respect to handling personal information please see our Privacy Statement –  Please ensure that this survey is completed for or on behalf of named individuals, unless you would prefer us to contact a central mailbox.  There is no limit to the number of contacts per organisation.  This Survey will be live until Friday 9 February and identical surveys are available in either Welsh or English.’ Here are the links to the surveys: Welsh:, Engish: https//


M4 Relief Costs Creep Up

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Jan 192018

The M4 Relief Road, still being considered at a public inquiry, is expected to cost more than £1.4bn once VAT is taken into account, a senior Welsh Government official has told AMs.  Simon Jones said it was not yet clear what VAT would need to be paid.  Welsh Government recently announced it had committed to spending an extra £135m to improve Newport Docks – pushing costs up 10% to £1.3bn.  Labour Llanelli AM Lee Waters (once with Sustrans) feared costs could rise to as much as £1.5bn.

New Training Programme

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Jan 182018

You may be unaware of an exciting and supportive programme being developed for our communities.  The Be. Community Leadership Programme funded through the Rural Development Programme offers a suite of free training courses, online learning and networking opportunities for community volunteers doing great things. They are working with a number of partner organisations to offer a flexible range of skills and knowledge development, whilst demonstrating exactly what support is on offer in Monmouthshire and rural areas of Newport.

The developing programme, which as yet has no specifically environmental content, is at