What Next for CALM?

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Nov 212017

As the M4 public inquiry draws to a close, the Campaign Against the Levels Motorway is considering post Inquiry campaigning via three subgroups who would like your help:

Direct political influencing – led by Catherine: catherinelinstrum@me.com;  Making our arguments across Wales – led by Natasha: natasha.yorke-edgell@rspb.org.uk;  Local grassroots campaigning – led by Sarah: sharris@gwentwildlife.org.

The joint Closing Statement of The Wildlife Trusts, Friends of the Earth, CPRW and the Woodland Trust, which is available at: http://tinyurl.com/M4statement.

The Well-being Plan is Online

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Nov 172017

Following the production of Monmouthshire’s Well-being Assessment in March, Public Service Board partners have been working together to develop the Well-being Plan for the County.  This sets out four objectives and steps that the PSB will take to deliver these objectives.  The Well-being Plan is now online at www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/our-monmouthshire.   A survey to respond is also going online.  The partners want to know what people think of the draft Plan.

If you would like to find out more, go along to a public meeting that Transition Chepstow have kindly organised next Thursday, the 23rd, at 7.30pm at the Beaufort Hotel in Chepstow.  Hazel Clatworthy will be giving a bit of background on the well-being assessment and what the evidence is showing, and then talking about the Well-being Plan and how you can get involved.

New Top People for the New Year

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Nov 132017

Clare Pillman, currently Director for Culture, Tourism and Sport with the Westminster government, is to succeed Emyr Roberts as Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales.  Julian Atkins, currently the Park’s Countryside and Land Management Director, will take over from John Cook as Chief Executive Officer of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Good News for Pollinators

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Nov 112017

Bee-friendly Monmouthshire and over a million campaigners are pleased by Michael Gove’s announcement that the UK Government will back a permanent European ban on the use of neonicitinoid pesticides.  Gove has accepted that the scientific evidence of the threat of the loss of pollinators to our food industry is greater than the government has previously thought.

Chepstow Traffic Concerns

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Nov 092017

High levels of air pollution at Chepstow, caused mainly by A48 traffic climbing Hardwick Hill, and the new threat of a rising demand for housing in the area as Severn Crossing tolls are removed, are provoking renewed pressure for a Chepstow and Sedbury bypass.  Concerned local residents and their elected representatives are pressing the local authorities and the UK and Welsh governments for action.

Usk Shares the Gold

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Nov 072017

Usk has shared with Market Bosworth the gold award in this year’s Britain in Bloom large village (under 2500 electors) category.  The town has won the equivalent Wales in Bloom award for 36 consecutive years.

Wye Valley Path Project Progress

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Nov 012017

Thanks to a £9,000 grant from Chepstow Town Council the Wander Wye shared use route project from the Severn Bridge to Tintern now has over £20,000 to meet the costs of revised planning applications.

MCC Consulting on Active Travel Maps

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Oct 302017

Monmouthshire County Council is undertaking an online consultation on the Integrated Network Map (INM) phase of the Active Travel (Wales) Act between Tuesday, 25 October and Tuesday, 16 January. The Draft INM shows potential future walking and cycling routes within the county as well as links to neighbouring authorities.  These forward looking maps will show how the existing network could be advanced in future years and will show proposed improvements of existing routes.  More information at http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/the-active-travel-act.

Consultation exhibitions will be held at the following locations:

Wednesday 8 November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Abergavenny Leisure Centre, Old Hereford Rd, Abergavenny NP7 6EP

Thursday 9 November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Gilwern Outdoor Education Centre, Ty Mawr Rd, Gilwern, Abergavenny NP7 0EB

Monday 13 November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Monmouth Library, Rolls Hall, Whitecross St, Monmouth NP25 3BY

Tuesday 14 November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Magor Post Office, The Square, Magor, Caldicot NP26 3EP

Wednesday 15 November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Usk Community Hub / Library, 35 Maryport St, Usk NP15 1AE

Friday 17 November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Chepstow Library, 9 Bank St, Chepstow NP16 5EN

Tuesday 21 November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Caldicot Library, 6 Newport Rd, Caldicot NP26 4XF

Energy Policy to Change?

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Oct 272017

Environment Secretary Lesley Griffiths has announced that the administration is set to consult on whether planning policy should be amended to be no longer supportive of unconventional oil and gas extraction, including shale gas or coal bed methane extraction.

60,000 Oppose Mud Dumping

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Oct 272017

Petitions (on the National Assembly website and at sumofus.org) calling on the Welsh Government to suspend a licence to dump 300,000 tonnes of mud from the disused Hinkley Point nuclear stations 1.2 miles off Cardiff Bay have been signed by nearly 60,000.  The dredged material arises from the construction of the new power station and there are fears that dumped radioactive mud will end up on land in South Wales.