Wye Cycle Path Scheme Progress

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Jun 182017

Campaigners for the Wye Valley cycle path (www.wyecycle.co.uk) have created a scheme proposal that will be published as a Vision document in the near future. It is a four phase Scheme:

1 Shared Use Path from the Severn Bridge to National Shipyard No 1 Development
2 A New Wye Link Foot Bridge and adjacent approaching paths
3 Sedbury to Tidenham Tunnel along the Disused Railway Line.
4 Tidenham Tunnel to The Old Station Tintern via new Truss Bridge.

They are looking for an experienced Funding Co-Ordinator to assist with Applications due to the cross border issues and different funding sources needed for this complex project. If you are interested and able to commit yourself long term please contact us by contacting campaignsbyyou@38degrees.org.uk.

The group’s campaign petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/restoring-the-disused-railway-line-from-chepstow-to-tintern-for-a-shared-use-path has now been signed by 4,500.


Nominate Volunteers for Awards

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Jun 182017

MCC and GAVO are joining forces to host Monmouthshire’s Volunteer Achievement Award gala event at Caldicot in October.  Award categories include ‘Environmental’ and nominations close on Friday, 28 July.  If you know someone who volunteers and deserves a big ‘thank you’ please nominate them by logging on to gavowales.org.uk/recognition or emailing volunteering@gavowales.org.uk or phoning 01633 241550.

Meadows Open Day

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Jun 052017

Monmouthshire Meadows Open Day on Sunday, 18 June is a great opportunity to walk around some of the county’s most beautiful meadows and to get a feel for how the Monmouthshire landscape would have looked before intensive farming methods were adopted- details at http://www.monmouthshiremeadows.org.uk/?p=3027

Wildlife News

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Jun 032017

Wales Wide Wildlife Watch
On Saturday, 10 June the four Welsh Records Centres are banding together to run the Wales Wide Wildlife Watch. They are asking everyone across Wales to spend some time outdoors recording wildlife, so that they can get a nationwide snapshot of Welsh biodiversity in 2017. This event is to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the network of Records Centres being completed in 2007. Please see the flier for full details. We have some target species (flier here) to get things started!

Wales Nature Week events
Wales Nature Week starts Saturday, 3 June, and runs until Sunday, 11 June.  There are dozens of events taking place across Wales; take a look at the Wales Biodiversity Partnership website for events in your area.

BioBlitz at Cefn Ila
A reminder that SEWBreC will be running a BioBlitz with the Woodland Trust at Cefn Ila, Usk on Saturday, 8 July (flier). This is a drop in event, so you can arrive whenever you like between 11am and 11pm. They will also be running a private BioBlitz on Sunday, 9 July (due to Velothon Wales road closures). If you would like to attend on the Sunday, please email info@sewbrec.org.uk and we will send you travel instructions.

New Cadw Guidance

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Jun 032017

Cadw has published extensive new advice and guidance on the protection and management of the Welsh historic environment, including Technical Advice Note 24: The Historic Environment, which will replace outdated Welsh Office circulars, (www.gov.wales/topics/planning/policy/tans/?lang=en) and the first titles in a new series of best-practice guidance documents:
Heritage Impact Assessment in Wales; Managing Change in World Heritage Sites in Wales; Managing Change to Listed Buildings in Wales; Managing Change to Registered Historic Parks and Gardens in Wales; Managing Conservation Areas in Wales; Managing Historic Character in Wales; Managing Listed Buildings at Risk in Wales; Managing Lists of Historic Assets of Special Local Interest in Wales; Setting of Historic Assets in Wales.
These are only appearing in digital versions, so go to the Cadw website (www.cadw.gov.wales/historicenvironment/publications/?lang=en) for further information and to download copies.

Monmouthshire Energy Days

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Jun 032017

Monmouthshire’s Community Climate Champions have arranged an impressive series of Energy Day events including an Alternative Vehicles Exhibition at Brewery Yard, Abergavenny, on Thursday, 15 June (2.00-8.00pm) with electric bikes and cars and the hydrogen-powered Rasa car.  Full programme at www.monecoopendoors.org.uk.

Severn Wye Jobs

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May 302017

Severn Wye Energy Agency are advertising two jobs – a 30 hrs/week Project Manager starting at about £26k pro rata based in Llandrindod Wells, Gloucester or at home (key words: Biogas, Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Biochar, Project Management, Environmental, Sustainability, Charity) and a full-time Project Worker at £17-25k based at Gloucester (key words: Advice, Customer Care, Social Enterprise, Charity, Environmental Sustainability Social Welfare, Energy Efficiency, Affordable Warmth, Fuel Poverty)

Full Job Descriptions and application forms available on www.severnwye.org.uk or by request to: Sandra Bradley 01452 835 060, recruitment@severnwye.org.uk. Closing date 15 June, interviews 11/12 July.

Welsh Government Policy

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May 242017

Welsh Government is consulting on a proposal that, to reduce flood and pollution risk, local authorities should become responsible for ensuring that all new developments have a sustainable surface water drainage system (SuDS) that meets mandatory standards.  Details at https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/implementation-sustainable-drainage-systems-new-developments. Consultation closes 11 August.

Welsh Government also intends to revise its planning policy so that within designated areas new developments will have to ensure solutions that address and mitigate the noise from nearby music venues.