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Together for our Planet – National Lottery launch fund to support communities to take action on climate change

A new £2.5million National Lottery-funded programme to support communities across the UK take action on climate change, opens for applications today [1 September 2021], ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow this November.

Building on interest and excitement for COP26, the ‘Together for Our Planet’ funding programme is being launched by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It is offering grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to support local community projects, covering areas such as food, transport, energy, waste and consumption and the natural environment. It aims to create a legacy of ongoing climate action in hundreds of communities, beyond COP26, supporting the UK to reduce its emissions on its part to Net Zero by 2050.

The new programme opens as The National Lottery Community Fund launches a new online ‘Climate Hub’ – a dedicated space to find latest funding news, insights, learnings and stories on climate change and the environment.

Nick Gardner, Head of Climate Action at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “COP26 looks set to be a pivotal point in the global response to the climate emergency. Our new funding programme, Together for Our Planet, made possible thanks to National Lottery players, hopes to harness the interest and excitement around this event and support community organisations across the UK to take ongoing action on climate change.

“With this programme we are keen to reach those who are not sure how to take climate action or haven’t before, helping ensure that climate action moves further into the mainstream, and is accessible and relevant to all communities.”

Together for Our Planet is looking to fund proposals for community-led climate action projects, with applications needing to meet at least two of the following five criteria:

  1. It supports the development of longer-term climate action within communities (that is, taking place after the COP26).
  2. It encourages communities to plan for the climate emergency – to consider what climate action could mean to them and why it matters.
  3. It celebrates the importance of community-led climate action and encourages more people to get involved.
  4. It builds resilience in communities that are hardest hit by climate change.
  5. It provides jobs, skills or training opportunities for communities which support climate action.

In addition, Together for Our Planet will prioritise applications from people and communities hit hardest by climate change; people and communities who are starting to think about taking climate action; groups who have not received funding from The National Lottery Community Fund before or those who do not currently have a National Lottery grant; and smaller organisations with an annual turnover of under £100,000.

It will be open for applications until 5pm on 18 November 2021 and expects to make approximately 400 to 500 awards.

This exciting new funding programme is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Environment Strategy. Since 2016, we have awarded £397 million through more than 6,000 grants which involve environmental action, including action on waste and consumption, energy, transport, food and the natural environment.

Thanks to National Lottery players last year we awarded over half a billion pounds (£588.2 million) of life-changing funding to communities across the UK and supported over 14,000 projects to turn their great ideas into reality and make a difference in their communities.

To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk

Former Cardiff park warden’s house transformed into Sustainable city-centre restaurant, Kindle

Kindle – formerly simply nicknamed ‘the warden’s house’ – is the latest venture from Phill and Deb Lewis, the entrepreneurial couple behind Dusty’s, an award-winning micro-chain of Neapolitan pizzerias in South Wales, and Nook, a cosy yet simply styled neighbourhood bistro, also in Cardiff.

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign which raised an initial £43,000 back in 2019, and with more than £350,000 of further investment from the founders (and a global pandemic in between) the first phase transformation of the run-down, former warden’s cottage in Sophia Gardens is now complete.

Kindle will officially open to the public on 2nd September, and online table bookings are now live at: kindle cardiff.co.uk.

What will be on the menu at Kindle?

Kindle will combine ‘fire food’ with natural wines in a vibrant, informal and unique city centre setting. The restaurant team will work closely with local farmers, gamekeepers and gardeners, to use ethical produce with an emphasis on provenance & sustainability.

Head chef Tom Powell, formerly heading up the kitchen of The Walnut Tree, will lead the Kindle kitchen team, creating seasonal menus which will also make the most of the on-site kitchen garden and greenhouse.

The Sustainable Approach

Bringing together a ground-breaking design and a passion for seasonal ingredient-led cooking, Kindle is the culmination of Phill & Deb’s long-held dream to open a truly sustainable restaurant in their home city, operating on circular economy principles.

Kindle co-owner Phill Lewis said, “Our vision was to create a restaurant which gives back more than it takes from the environment, and to challenge what it really means to create a sustainable hospitality business from scratch.”

To bring this to life, the couple have worked closely with Object Space Place (OSP), a pioneering interior architecture and design company with a focus on hospitality, who came recommended by the Sustainable Restaurant Association

As a result, Kindle’s design has made the most of reusing and repurposing almost every element of the original building, and a high proportion of the materials are reclaimed, including all internal doors, and the flagstones, railways sleepers and scaffold boards used to create the garden and planting beds.

In addition:

  • All timber is either reclaimed or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) with a Chain of Custody Certificate to prove its origin.
  • Materials with high recycled content have been used, such as wall tiles which are made from 90% recycled glass.
  • Bricks removed from the external walls to create new door openings have been reused in the garden.
  • Energy performance has been improved by adding new sheep wool insulation to the existing walls and roof. The sheep wool also has much lower embodied carbon than oil-based insulation.
  • New taps, showers and low flush toilets are selected from the Water Technology List to ensure efficiency and reduce water use.
  • Energy efficient LED lighting is controlled by movement and daylight sensors to ensure it is only on when needed.
  • The landscaped garden and new planting beds have been improved with peat-free compost.
  • Water based paints and wood stains have been chosen to reduce VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), and a VOC monitor will be installed to make sure levels stay low.
  • Where available, products with an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) have been chosen. The EPD helps meaningfully compare the environmental performance of one product to another.

The design also incorporates two phases; the first, current iteration revolves around mainly outdoor dining, with the bar area, kitchen and toilets all based within the original building. 

With future extensions and developments in mind, parts of the project have been ‘designed for disassembly’ meaning they can be easily taken apart and reused.

The second phase of the build will take place up to two years later and will involve a glass-fronted extension, reusing every element of the current build in the final iteration.

David Chenery from Object Space Place said “Kindle has been such an exciting project to work on as the whole team were keen to make the design and fit out as sustainable as possible.

This gave us the chance to really stretch our Restorative Design Framework, and to apply the Good Practice Measures of the SKA sustainability assessment method, which will be reviewed at the end of the build by sustainability consultant, Bioregional.

Wherever possible we have made decisions to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of what we are doing, whilst still creating a beautiful restaurant experience. It has really been such a rewarding process.”

To find out more about the warden’s house transformation into Kindle, watch here.

20,000 UK Citizens now certified as Carbon Literate

Our Government, employers, educators and civil society are all grappling as to how to engage people and organisations in delivering meaningful carbon reduction and action on climate change quickly and at scale.

In very positive news therefore, The Carbon Literacy Project has today announced that more than 20,000 UK citizens have now been formally assessed and certified as Carbon Literate, and as a consequence, pledged and taken well over 40,000 actions to directly address climate change and immediately reduce UK carbon emissions.

Working with citizens, groups and organisations drawn from all sectors of society, The Carbon Literacy Project oversees the delivery of a days worth of learning and action about climate-change. Uniquely however, although quality controlled by the Project, the training is co-designed and delivered not centrally, but by members of the sectors, groups and audiences receiving the training.

Carbon Literacy is thus adaptable for anywhere and yet consistent everywhere, and engages, informs and inspires audiences both to act right now to reduce their carbon emissions, but also to begin to plan and take much longer term action toward a zero-carbon society, whatever they do, and whoever they are.       

The Carbon Literacy Project (wholly owned by The Carbon Literacy Trust, Registered Charity no 1156722) works with citizens and community groups, social housing providers and civil society. It works with employers both public and private sector and organisations from SMEs to PLCs and local authorities and Government, and works in formal and informal education with schools, colleges and universities across the UK.

Because of this unique reach across all organisations and sectors of society, the Project has been able to bring together groups, organisations and individuals, to form unique partnerships and consortia, working and acting together to share ideas, resources, and funding, to achieve far more to accelerate climate action and reduce carbon emissions immediately than any single organisation could ever achieve alone. In summary, in regards to Carbon Literacy: “The whole is far greater than the sum of the parts”.

Because of its unique approach, the training and certification of 20,000 individuals has been performed not by the central Project working alone, but by the vast network of sectoral partners and organisations distributed across the sectors and geography of the United Kingdom and beyond.

Cynnal Cymru played a pivotal role in bringing Carbon Literacy to Wales and have certified over 550 people:

“In 2017, I was the only Carbon Literacy trainer in Wales outside the BBC. Since then, we have collaborated with Manchester Metropolitan University to equip another 60 people within the social housing sector with the skills to deliver their own Carbon Literacy course. This September we launch Cynnal Cymru’s ‘Train the Trainer’ course. Over the last four years I have provided Carbon Literacy to around 500 people from all kinds of background and across a wide spectrum of roles and sectors. Most of these did the course in 2020/21! I am proud to have brought Carbon Literacy to Wales – I now want it to continue its phenomenal growth so that every citizen understands what global warming & climate change are, the relevance to their well-being but most importantly of all, the actions and behaviours they can take in response to this global challenge. We all have a role to play in this – climate change will spare no-one.”

Rhodri Thomas, Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales

“I was honoured to join the cohort of Carbon Literacy Trainers delivering this insightful and motivational training across the UK in 2020. Since then, I have trained individuals from a wide variety of organisations and spanning the globe with attendees from Canada, The US, Australia and Germany – and learned a lot in the process. I’m so pleased to see the 20,000 citizens certified milestone reached as I genuinely believe in the power of this training and see it as climate action; in the carbon reductions made as a result of the pledges but also the course’s reach in that it not only spurs those in attendance into action but allows them to bring their families, friends and workplaces on board too. Everybody has a part to play in tackling the Climate Crisis and Carbon Literacy helps people to realise their role in this and arms them to empower others.”

Bethan Harvey, Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales

Since its inception in 2012 the Project has grown steadily but for the last five years has been doubling in size every 20 months.

As a result of the effective, collaborative approach of Carbon Literacy, the UK Government (Dept of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)) has funded Carbon Literacy implementation across the public sector, so that every UK local authority, university and college, government department and NHS department now has access to comprehensive, free, government-sponsored Carbon Literacy Toolkits, to acceleration adoption and implementation.

This has been followed by adoption within the wider private and commercial sector, with collaborative toolkits for social housing, the rail sector, the automotive sector, and museum and galleries all now either launched or in advanced preparation.

Over 60 organisations have now been certified as Carbon Literate Organisations, but over 1500 organisations now have Carbon Literate staff, via some 216 unique certified Carbon Literacy courses, in some nine sectoral consortia developed, presented and delivered by partner organisations taking action on climate across the UK and beyond.

Work by Jacobs Engineering indicates that each Carbon Literate citizen reduces their personal and/or professional resource footprint by between 5% and 15% annually.

“One of the core values of Carbon Literacy is that by working together we achieve far more than any of us could alone.”


“When Carbon Literacy learners are given both knowledge and agency to take action, we see newly Carbon Literate individuals taking personal action at the small scale, but also professionally at massive scale, resulting in real savings of carbon immediately, and a long-term shift towards the kinds of personal and organisational behaviours that will deliver the zero-carbon society that we all need.”


“We could not have achieved this without the work of Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales – who have worked so hard to make this happen and deliver real change now”.

Dave Coleman, Managing Director and Co-founder of The Carbon Literacy Project

Ffilm Cymru and Clwstwr launch new Green Cymru Challenge Fund for a sustainable screen sector in Wales

Research, development and innovation can support the Welsh film industry to be more sustainable and make greener choices.

The Green Cymru Challenge Fund is part of the wider Green Cymru programme which was first developed by Ffilm Cymru in 2019. It aims to support screen sector professionals and companies in Wales to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Their Green Cymru programme will provide funding and training, alongside research and development to advance products and services for a sustainable screen sector for Wales.

Welsh Government’s 2019 declaration of a climate emergency called for collective action and emphasised “Wales can provide an example to others of what it means to achieve environmental growth”- Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths; Ffilm Cymru and Clwstwr believe that by working together, Wales’ thriving and vibrant screen industries can lead the way in lowering environmental impact.

The Green Cymru Challenge Fund will make available £75,000 in funding for individuals, organisations and collaborations across sectors – including media, academia, technology, transportation, energy, water and waste management – to research and develop new sustainable ways of working in film and TV.

After submitting an expression of interest, applicants will be invited to develop their ideas practically at Challenge Workshops, before completing a formal application. By November 2021, three successful teams will be awarded up to £25,000 each to develop and deliver their innovative projects.

Ffilm Cymru Wales CEO, Pauline Burt, said: “We have to prepare for the future now. Wales has a vibrant screen sector that is rapidly growing. We have to ensure that growth is sustainable from providing fair and inclusive work, to embedding excellent environmental practice. The Challenge Fund should connect expertise across sectors to collectively help us to better understand the challenges that the creative industries face in being greener and to advance practical solutions to adopt in our day-to-day work. Together, we’ll share learning and expand networks, working alongside partners such as BAFTA’s Albert and Green Regio, who work across Europe.”

Clwstwr’s vision is for Wales to become a leader in green media production. Clwstwr is committed to spurring innovative ideas for carbon footprint reduction and a lower environmental impact, both with the projects they fund and with the media sector across Wales.

Clwstwr Director, Professor Justin Lewis, said: “Green Cymru will help us realise our ambition to see Wales at the forefront of efforts to move media production towards net zero. Clwstwr has already supported a number of green innovation projects in the creative sector, and this partnership allows us to create practical innovations that move us one step further towards a clean, green creative economy.”

Cynnal Cymru is looking for new trustees.

We are the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales, enabling action for a sustainable future. Our mission is to accelerate progress towards a low carbon economy, a fair and just society and a thriving natural environment. We have a broad programme of activities, including official partnerships for Carbon Literacy and Living Wage accreditation in Wales.

As a not-for-profit charity we have a small, creative and dedicated team of six staff and a supportive board of volunteer trustees.

We want to expand the diversity, skills, and experiences of our board to better represent the cross sector of businesses, public sector organisations and community groups we work with.

As a trustee you will be overseeing our governance and supporting the team by providing guidance, challenge and leadership at our quarterly board meetings as well as being encouraged to lead on specific agendas.

If you have experience of being a trustee or are eager to step up to your first role as a trustee and want to contribute to our team, we would love to hear from you.

We are recruiting three new trustees with skills and expertise that will help us to develop our activities and ensure we are delivering impact across the areas we work.

The specific skills and experience we need include:

  • Finance / accounting
  • Charitable income generation
  • B2B communications and marketing

Ideally, we would like to find new Board members who could support our work in these areas. But, if you have a passion for sustainable development and what we do, and think you could help to support and develop our work, then please apply and let us know what you can offer.

“I had never held the role of trustee prior to my appointment to Cynnal Cymru. However, this has not been a barrier to date. Being an energy lawyer with a speciality in renewable technologies, my interest in sustainability is closely aligned with my day to day work. From day one the team has made me feel welcome and part of the family. If you are passionate about sustainability, but have never been a trustee before, then please don’t let this put you off. If I can do it with no prior experience, then so can anyone!”

Kate Evans

Cynnal Cymru is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

Commitment

Our Board meetings are held quarterly. Whilst currently we are holding these virtually, we hope to be able to meet in person in Cardiff when COVID regulations permit.

If you think you could join us to promote a more sustainable future in Wales, then download the information for trustees.

To apply:

Please send a CV and letter of not more than two pages explaining why you want to become a trustee of Cynnal Cymru and what skills and experience you would be able to contribute. 

Send to: Fiona Humphreys –  fiona@cynnalcymru.com

Deadline:  23 August 2021

We will invite candidates for interview in mid-September and hope they will be able to join us at our meeting on 9 November 2021.

There will be an induction for new trustees, and the opportunity to be supported by a trustee mentor.

Wales Declares Nature Emergency

This follows recent international research showing the fragility of many of our ecosystems with more than a million species at risk of extinction due to pressures including habitat loss, pollution, invasive non-native species and climate change. This declaration will put Welsh Government action on nature on a par with climate change in terms of urgency and significance.

We know that this growing concern for the state of nature – or our ecological foundations – is shared by our members which is why we are pleased to offer a free place to all our members on our new eco-literacy course, Nabod Natur- Nature Wise.

Aimed at explaining the global nature crisis in an accessible way, the course provides an overview of the intricate way that ecosystems function to sustain life. It then explores the links between human activity and the disruption in natural cycles that we are experiencing. The course also covers national and international frameworks for nature recovery as well as practical steps that are being encouraged or pioneered.

Most important to us, the course creates the space for participants to apply course knowledge and concepts to their own lives, identifying the ways most useful and beneficial to them to act for nature recovery in their organisation, at home and in the community. We look forward to you joining us!

You can find out more about the announcement on the BBC website – Senedd Live

First Open Course: 20 and 22 July: 2 x online sessions with optional self-directed study in between. Total time commitment 5-6 hours. Cost: £85 per learner with discounts for group bookings.
To book your place or discuss bespoke training for your organisation – please contact training@cynnalcymru.com

We are recruiting a Sustainability Advisor

Salary: £30k pro rata, 30 hrs, Flexible Working*
Contract: 1 year fixed term (with possibility to extend)
Location: Wales / Working from home / Office: Cardiff
Application closing date: Sunday 15th August 2021 (midnight)

Please note the closing date has been changed to the 15 August with interviews pencilled in for the week of 23 August.

Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the leading sustainable development organisation in Wales.

We work with the public, private and voluntary sectors in Wales and beyond, identifying opportunities to promote an integrated approach to creating a fair and just society, a low carbon economy and a thriving natural environment.

Our small team delivers wide-reaching work touching on many agendas including climate change and decarbonisation, sustainable travel, renewable energy, affordable housing, the Foundational Economy, in-work poverty, management of natural resources and much more.

We are the official partner of the Carbon Literacy Project in Wales and the real Living Wage Accreditation body for Wales.

We are looking for an individual with experience in Environmental Management to support the Principal Consultant in the analysis of clients’ and members’ environmental impacts and to help develop our consultancy services.

Interviews will be held late August/ early September with the view of a September start date.

Apply

Download Job Description and Person Specification

Download Application Form

Download Equal Opportunities Form

Please send your covering letter, application form and the equal opportunities form to jobs@cynnalcymru.com

For more information about this role, please contact Rhodri Thomas, Principal Consultant on 02920 431713.

*Cynnal Cymru staff currently work up to a four-day week between Monday and Thursday with flexible working arrangements based on the needs of the job role.

We anticipate the Sustainability Advisor post can be based anywhere in Wales but ideally you should be able to work at least 1-2 days a week from the Cardiff Office. This role also requires the ability to travel for client meetings and site visits – UK driving licence an essential.

Wales’ First Living Wage Building – Launch Event

The accreditation as a Living Wage Building means all tenants will be obliged to pay at least the real Living Wage to employees and onsite contractors.

Join Cynnal Cymru, Councillor Huw Thomas (Leader of Cardiff Council) , Professor Rachel Ashworth (Dean of Cardiff Business School and Living Wage Commissioner) and Professor Chris Taylor (Academic Director, SPARK) to celebrate this important milestone for Wales and how this accreditation will support progress towards making Cardiff a Living Wage City.

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about Living Wage Places and their potential role in making Wales a Fair Work nation.

The duration of the webinar will be an hour and the invitation is open to anyone with an interest in attending, so if you’d like to receive a registration link please contact bethan@cynnalcymru.com 

UN Global Compact Network UK’s Responsible Business & SDGs Summit

Business stakeholders are demanding companies do better. Inequality, climate change, plastic pollution – business has a critical role to play in addressing these crises. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide the framework for responsible business to help create the future we want.

With this in mind, the UN Global Compact Network UK is delighted to invite you to their Responsible Business & SDGs Summit. Taking place July 20th-21st, this flagship event will convene 2000+ CEOs, business experts, CSOs, investors, and high-level representatives from Government, the United Nations, and civil society. The Summit will share best practice solutions to sustainability challenges and inspire participants to new heights of responsible business leadership through support for the Global Goals.

The fantastic line-up of speakers includes Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever and now Co-founder of IMAGINE and Co-chair, UN Global Compact, who will be opening the event.

Join the Summit to explore:

  • Corporate reporting on the SDGs with GRI and PwC;
  • Sustainable finance with leaders from the Global Compact CFO Taskforce for the
  • SDGs;
  • Embedding ESG into your business;
  • Local action and partnership to advance the Goals with the All-Party Parliamentary
  • Group on the SDGs;
  • Business’ role in taking climate action (a formal debate!);
  • Practical tools and inspirational action to raise ambition for the 2030 Agenda with B Lab.

Discover the full program and register here.

Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly report and recommendations published

The Assembly was held virtually over two weekends in March and brought together over 40, randomly selected, demographically representative, people living in the county borough to deliberate the very important question: “What should we do in Blaenau Gwent to tackle the climate crisis in a way that is fair and improves living standards for everyone?”

The Climate Assembly adopted five recommendations relating to transport, housing and green space, which achieved over 80% support. These recommendations were written by the Assembly members themselves and informed by presentations from climate change experts.

You can view the recommendations and the report in full here

This report was drafted by Cynnal Cymru and the Electoral Reform Society Cymru, two of the organising partners of the Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly.

In September last year the Council officially declared a Climate Emergency in Blaenau Gwent. Next week, all borough councillors will have the opportunity to hear from Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly members about their recommendations and consider how they can take this agenda forward.

The Blaenau Gwent Public Services Board, which brings together organisations including the council, health, housing, police and the voluntary sector, have committed to giving a written response to these recommendations at their next meeting in July. This reflects Public Services Board partners’ long-term commitment to Blaenau Gwent playing its full part in taking action to achieve Wales’s target for Net Zero emissions by 2050.

Cllr Dai Davies, the Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Regeneration & the Economic Development, will be leading the briefing. He says:

“We are absolutely committed as a Council to working with a wide range of partners to do whatever we can to respond locally to this global issue. We recognise the huge challenges that are ahead of us all in trying to protect our environment for the well-being of our future generations. This is why as a Local Authority we declared a Climate Emergency and already started to act through our Decarbonisation Plan. This plan sees us take a more strategic approach towards achieving carbon neutrality by prioritising work in a number of key areas of our operations which, with some changes, can make a significant contribution towards our carbon neutral aim.

“The people at the Climate Assembly were equally passionate about our environment and their recommendations will help to focus our minds even further and tells us what they think is key to tackling this issue. Thank you to everyone who took part for your time.”

The report will also be presented to the Blaenau Gwent Public Services Board, as working with regional partners is key to addressing environmental issues.

Sarah Hopkins, Director, Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales, says:

“The transition to net zero will mean changes to people’s lives so it is vital that communities understand and participate in this journey. Tackling the climate crisis, provides an opportunity to address existing inequalities in Wales and improve lives for everyone. It is really encouraging to see the commitment of Blaenau Gwent Council, the wider PSB and the Housing Associations to listening and responding to the recommendations from the Assembly.

“We hope that other regions in Wales will also adopt similar processes to inform decarbonisation action plans.”

Steve Cranston, Foundational Economy Lead at United Welsh Housing says:

“We are delighted to have been involved in Wales first climate assembly. It shows it is possible to bring a representative sample of people together – and address one of the toughest challenges facing us all – the climate crisis. The Climate Assembly process is one that is respectful of different opinions and builds trust. The top 5 recommendations had overwhelming 80% support from members. This gives these recommendations a weight and credibility that is hard to ignore.

“The process of working together across housing associations, the local authority, civil society organisations and citizens has been a positive one where relationships have been strengthened and trust built.

“The four housing associations who supported the Climate Assembly – Linc Cymru, Melin Homes, Tai Calon and United Welsh – are working on developing a coordinated response to the recommendations. In the key areas of housing retrofit and new build the recommendations will help shape our future priorities.”

The Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly was organised by housing associations United Welsh; Linc Cymru Melin Homes and Tai Calon in partnership with sustainable development charity Cynnal Cymru, Blaenau Gwent Council and ERS Cymru.

The 5 recommendations are:

Transport

  1. Establish an affordable, integrated road & rail transport system accessible throughout BG. A one ticket system that links to bus, rail & cycle schemes – inclusivity for purchasing of tickets (digital or paper). Accessible all hours with safety via lighting, CCTV and to keep maintained.
  2. Establish & improve a safe, easily maintainable infrastructure for walkers & cyclists, for either recreational or work purposes, with access to the public transport network. Including lighting & CCTV & storage for bikes.

Housing

  1. Retrofit Train local tradespeople, create qualifications and upskill local businesses, involve FE colleges and local Universities, future proof it and provide the right courses to enable them to do the work in all green construction.

Green Space and Nature

  1. Implement a programme of woodland preservation and reforestation of BG, using the right tree in the right place for the right reason, increasing opportunities for jobs, biodiversity and connecting woodlands. Making sure the skills are available so we can create green jobs, e.g. saw milling and timber framed housing.

Housing New Build

  1. Ensure that all new build properties are built using the latest sustainable technologies (e.g. Glanffrwd development as a template), employing local builders and providing a variety of accommodation types appropriate for all inc. homeless/single occupancy up to large families.
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