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Our new activist for Rhondda Cynon Taff

April 8, 2011

Jay Kynch of Efail Isaf, near Pontypridd in south Wales, is our new local correspondent for the southern part of Rhondda Cynon Taff. Jay is a retired development economist who has worked as a researcher at Oxford University and a lecturer at Swansea University; she has researched poverty in Indian villages and social exclusion and…

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Our action plan for the new Welsh Assembly Government

April 7, 2011

We have published our 12-point action plan for candidates in the Welsh Assembly Government election, urging them to commit themselves to our action points. We are contacting all the candidates through our members in Wales, and from our headquarters, to seek their pledges of support. Our 12 points include a better deal for the nation’s…

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Herefordshire hilltop under threat

March 25, 2011

We have objected to plans by Bolsterstone Innovative Energy Ltd to deface the unspoilt Stonewall Hill (also known as Reeves Hill) in Herefordshire with four wind-turbines and associated development. The hill is between the towns of Knighton and Presteigne, and is close to the Powys border, so we have written to both Herefordshire and Powys…

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Treasured common saved from trashing by wind factory

February 23, 2011

The Welsh Assembly Government has rejected plans by RWE Npower Renewables to erect 19 wind turbines, with tracks and infrastructure, on Mynydd-y-Gwair, a prominent hill eight miles north of Swansea. The decision follows a public inquiry last summer into RWE Npower’s appeal against Swansea Council’s refusal of planning permission. The inquiry also considered an application…

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Common land is key to the Welsh environment

January 4, 2011

We have responded to the Welsh Assembly Government’s consultation on A Living Wales—a new framework for our environment, our countryside and seas, by calling on it to recognise the importance of common land to the nation. Says Kate Ashbrook, our general secretary: ‘Common land covers over eight per cent of the land area of Wales.…

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Magistrates stop rights for riders and cyclists on road to Garth Mountain

December 15, 2010

Rhondda magistrates have decided to stop up the rights of riders and cyclists to use an ancient highway up to Garth Mountain in Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT). On 3 December, the magistrates confirmed a proposal from RCT Council that all the rights except those on foot be removed from the road which runs to the…

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Welsh coastal path has a long way to go

November 23, 2010

Our member Max Grant from Gwynedd has pointed out that we are too optimistic in our statement in the latest Open Space that the coastal path in Wales is almost complete. He writes: ‘I wish it were almost complete! ‘In fact, Welsh Assembly Government funding will stop in 2013 by which time there will be…

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Mumbles headland is under threat

October 28, 2010

The Amusement Equipment Company Ltd (AMECO) plans to develop the headland and foreshore at Mumbles, west of Swansea. We have objected to the planning application which includes apartments, a hotel and entertainment centre and involves deregistration of common land on the clifftop. Not only will this development be an intrusion on the edge of the…

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We oppose wind turbine on Welsh common

August 31, 2010

We have objected to plans by Awel Aman Tawe to erect a wind turbine, hard standing and access tracks on common land in south Wales. The threatened common is Cefn Gwrhyd Common in the community of Cwmllynfell in Neath Port Talbot. We were consulted about the application for works on common land under section 194…

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Swansea slip bridge—campaigners fight on

August 10, 2010

The path across the former slip bridge on Swansea’s seafront is to be closed. The decision was made by Sue Arnott, the inspector acting for Welsh Ministers, at a public inquiry in June into Swansea Council’s proposed extinguishment of the route. The plan was opposed by the Swansea Slip Bridge Civic Society, ourselves and others.…

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