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Views sought on plans to make more land available for allotments PDF Print E-mail
News - Political News
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:35

A Green Paper setting out proposals to make more land available for allotments and to improve opportunities for community growing has been published for consultation by Natural Resources, Culture and Sport Minister John Griffiths today (Monday 14th July). The Minister launched the consultation at Canton Community Garden in Cardiff, a flagship project of the Welsh Government’s ‘Environment Wales’ initiative that gives long-term support to community ventures.


The document outlines the Welsh Government’s plans to identify and supply land for allotment use to boost skills, mental and physical health and to regenerate local communities. It aims to contribute to achieving the Welsh Government's commitment to increase the availability of land for allotments and to complement the Community Grown Food Action Plan.

It will build on the good work already being done in Wales to help promote and facilitate sustainable community growing, such as “Tyfu Pobl” funded by the Welsh Government through the Rural Development Fund and delivered by The Federation of City Farms and Gardens, which aims to enable the exchange of knowledge and good practice within the community growing sector.

Proposals include:

  • issuing guidance to local authorities on promoting and supporting community grown food;
  • making Welsh Government owned land available for community grown food and encouraging and support public and private landowners to do the same;
  • supporting farmers to address barriers in providing land for allotments or community grown food; and
  • establishing a right for local authorities, community councils, and constituted community groups to register and use unused public land, or land where no owner can be established, for the purpose of community grown food.

The Minister said:

“People growing food for themselves and their families is a special pastime for many in Wales and can be enjoyed by individuals and groups of all ages, abilities and financial means. It has recently become more popular than ever and many local authorities are struggling to meet demand for allotments.

“Making more land available is therefore vital in meeting this demand and in contributing to boosting physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Opportunities for people to enjoy growing and gardening also have a part to play in tackling the limitations of poverty, empowering and regenerating communities and improving quality of life. More productive use of land in our community through allotments and growing spaces can also provide social benefits, bringing communities together and assisting in their regeneration.

“We want to ensure our future policy on allotments and community growing meet the needs of the people and communities who use them. I would therefore urge anybody with an interest in allotments to have your say on the issue”

Clare Sain-ley-Berry, Co-ordinator for Environment Wales said:

“It is very pleasing to see proposals to increase the land available for allotments and community gardens. They are great places to meet new friends, learn new skills and to lead a healthier more active life. They can also provide valuable habitat for pollinators and our native wildlife. More than half the projects funded by Environment Wales last year focused on issues around food, which emphasises the contribution that locally produced food can make to issues such as well-being and tackling poverty as well as community resilience and climate change."

The consultation will be open until 6 October 2014.

 

 
Measures to improve public health & planning among First Minister’s legislative priorities PDF Print E-mail
News - Political News
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:33

New laws to improve public health, planning and education were outlined by the First Minister today as he set out the legislative priorities for the next Assembly year.

 
Don't hold up traffic, Police urge tractor and slow moving vehicles drivers PDF Print E-mail
News - Crime and Incidents
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:40

Police in Dyfed-Powys are issuing a plea to tractor drivers in the area to pull over, where safe, if they have a queue of vehicles behind them, following a number of complaints from irate motorists of delays caused by slow-moving agricultural vehicles failing to yield.

 
Keith Davies seeks answers from power company PDF Print E-mail
News - Political News
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:37

Llanelli AM Keith Davies has written to Western Power Distribution, the company with responsibility for the power network in south Wales for it’s response to the second power cut to hit the town in less than a week.

 
Keith Davies AM in call on Health Board to outline plans PDF Print E-mail
News - Political News
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:34

Llanelli AM Keith Davies has called on the University Health Board to present their plans for changes to accident and emergency services at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital to the people of the town.

 
Power Cut Hits Llanelli PDF Print E-mail
News - Community News
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:25

Early this afternoon, the majority of areas in and around Llanelli were affected by a large power cut around 12:40pm.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:45
 
Hammond ‘the hamster’ on a roll at Pembrey PDF Print E-mail
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News - Community News
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 08:51

Richard Hammond gets to grip with Segway at Pembrey Country Park.TOP Gear’s master of wheels Richard (the Hampster) Hammond has been a surprise visitor to Pembrey Country Park.

 
Council publishes annual report and improvement plan PDF Print E-mail
News - Community News
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 08:48

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Annual Report and Improvement Plan shows that, despite further budget cuts, the delivery of services continues to improve.

 
Nia challenges Minister – could dangerous prisoners walk free? PDF Print E-mail
News - Political News
Monday, 14 July 2014 18:56

Nia Griffith MP recently quizzed the Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling, on the Government’s changes to the probation service. Speaking up at justice questions, Nia asked:

 
Great support for the station PDF Print E-mail
News - Political News
Monday, 14 July 2014 18:54

There has been a very positive response from the local community to Nia Griffith MP’s call for rail enthusiasts and people wanting to improve Llanelli’s image to join a group which will officially speak up for and look after Llanelli railway station.

 
National Driver Offender Re-Training Courses Recruitment of Welsh Language Trainers - Driver Education Schemes PDF Print E-mail
Business - Job Vacancies
Monday, 14 July 2014 18:45

Dyfed-Powys Police are looking to create a register of driver trainers and instructors to deliver driver training courses and are looking for interested individuals to come forward and sign up.

 
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