Monthly Archives: September 2019

A New Countryside Access Plan

Monmouthshire County Council has produced a Draft Countryside Access Improvement Plan (also known as Rights of Way Improvement Plan), which outlines objectives for Monmouthshire’s public rights of way and wider public access for the next 10 years.  The vision of the plan is to provide high quality, well maintained public rights of way network and countryside sites, that will support the Monmouthshire economy, encourage active lifestyles and sustainable travel choices, and contribute to making Monmouthshire a great place to work, live and visit.

The draft strategy is available to download along with the assessment reports which provided the evidence for the Draft ROWIP.  You can find it with this link:-

Your views and comments can be sent direct to or to  The postal address is on the above link. The consultation closes at midnight on 26 November 2019.

After the CALM

Following the Welsh Government’s rejection of the M4 relief road, CALM (the successful campaign against the new road) is to continue in order to counter any revival of the proposal. It will also aim to safeguard the Levels from other development, perhaps by a higher protective designation, and to ensure that land already acquired for the road is returned to suitable uses. The group will also engage with the Burns commission in favour of a sustainable transport infrastructure and seek to add more power to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.

If you would like to play a part in this interesting new approach by CALM please email