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Fifteen of the 60 members of the National Assembly for Wales have supported, wholly or largely, the Open Spaces Society’s 12-point Action Plan for Wales. We sent the plan, through our members in Wales and from our headquarters, to all the candidates in the recent election, asking for their backing.
The 15 Assembly Members are:
Leighton Andrews (Rhondda, Lab)
Rosemary Butler (Newport West, Lab)
Jeff Cuthbert (Caerphilly, Lab)
Alun Davies (Blaenau Gwent, Lab)
John Griffiths (Newport East, Lab)
Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham, Lab)
Edwina Hart (Gower, Lab)
Elin Jones (Ceredigion, Plaid Cymru)
Sandy Mewies (Delyn, Lab)
Lynne Neagle (Torfaen, Lab)
David Rees (Aberavon, Lab)
Ken Skates (Clwyd South, Lab)
Gwenda Thomas (Neath, Lab)
Lindsay Whittle (South Wales East region, Plaid Cymru)
Leanne Wood (South Wales Central region, Plaid Cymru)
Our12 points include a better deal for Wales’s common land, which covers eight per cent of the nation’s land area and is of great importance for its landscape and wildlife and for public enjoyment.
There are also action points for village greens, open spaces and public paths, including the Wales Coastal Path, to be opened officially in 2012.
Says Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society: ‘We are delighted to have had such an excellent response from candidates to our proposals for the crucially important commons, greens, open spaces and paths of Wales. It is essential that we nurture the splendid countryside of Wales, and people’s enjoyment of it—not least because income from tourism is vital to the Welsh economy.
‘We shall contact the Assembly Members who support our plan to see how our suggestions can be brought to fruition, and we shall approach other AMs to see if they will now back our 12-point plan.’