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We’re recruiting!

Newport Area Environment Group is excited to be recruiting for a new post. The Biodiversity and Decarbonisation Officer will lead our recently funded project to promote wildlife gardening, tree planting and community biodiversity monitoring in and around Newport.

We are are seeking a self-motivated, organised and creative candidate to manage the project over the 18 month period. This is an exciting role with the potential to improve biodiversity within the area and work closely to bring the community together around the aims of the project.

For more details, please download the recruitment pack below which contains more information about the role, a job description and person specification and details of the recruitment process.

The deadline for applications is 2nd April 2021.

FREE Dark Sky Awareness Training

Newport has some of the darkest skies in Wales as we’ve noted before; for example, see this article: https://naeg.org.uk/2010/06/18/newport-has-one-of-the-darkest-skies-in-uk-official/.

We’ve just heard of a free opportunity to learn more about our wonderful dark skies and how to use this to promote the community and business. If you are interested, please use the eventbrite link to book. This on-line event is on 9th March, 10:30-11:30am.

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Decarbonisation through Biodiversity project funding secured!

We are pleased to say, our project to support habitat creation to improve biodiversity in and around Newport has been successful!

Launching in June 2021, the project will address the urgent need to act on climate change, focussing on 3 inter-related elements:

  • Community awareness and action – the community will be engaged in activities, workshops and personal actions to enhance biodiversity, mitigate climate change and raise awareness of critical environmental issues. The project aims to change behaviours, increase social capital and foster community pride through volunteering and long-term nurturing and monitoring of biodiversity. The project will engage local groups, the school, homeowners and landowners.
  • Carbon sequestration – there is an urgent need to reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Trees sequester carbon as they grow, and will be planted to act as both a carbon sink and a carbon store, locking CO2 up above ground, in roots and in soils.
  • Biodiversity and climate change resilience – a biodiverse area is intrinsically more resilient to the effects of climate change. Systems which are more diverse, larger, in better condition and better connected are more able to adapt to or recover from change.
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INNOVATIVE REPAIR AND REUSE SCHEME TO LAUNCH IN PEMBROKESHIRE

February 19, 2021

INNOVATIVE REPAIR AND REUSE SCHEME TO LAUNCH IN PEMBROKESHIRE

A new share, repair and reuse network is to be developed in Pembrokeshire, creating not only a green, circular economy but also social, community and employment benefits.

The network is being led by Pembrokeshire County Council through Norman Industries working alongside the Regeneration Department with Paul Sartori, Pembrokeshire College, Clynfyw Care Farm, TYF St Davids, Grwp Resilience, Scolton Manor, Pembrokeshire’s Social Activity Centres and a range of local charities and social enterprises.

The scheme is supported by a £605,000 grant from the Welsh Government under its circular economy programme ‘Repair and Reuse’ to promote green recovery in Welsh town centres.

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New Website

Our website has been updated, and is now based on WordPress. This should make it easier for group members to update the website content.

There may still be a few things not fully working, so if you have any issues or suggestions please write to the website administrator: support@naeg.org.uk

NAEG submission about the PCNPA Local Development Plan

Anyone who would like to see NAEG’s submission to the Examination for the PCNPA Local Development Plan, can go to the Examination website https://www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/ldpexamination.

All the documents that NAEG has submitted can be found under Matter 1 – Opening; Plan Preparation and Plan Strategy

NAEG’s main contribution will be under Agenda Item 7d) Is Policy 3 clear and does it provide an appropriate framework for managing development in Newport? (Policy 3 is the Strategy Policy for Newport)

Referendum – residents asked for view on new homes

The examination by a Government Planning Inspector of the National Park’s Local Development (Replacement) Plan is taking place now.

Newport Area Environment Group will be attending hearing sessions with the proposal that the occupancy of all new housing given planning permission should be restricted to those who will make it their principal or main place of residence alone. 

A referendum is being conducted amongst all Newport residents to determine the level of support.

You can see the Press Release and the letter and ballot form by clicking the following links: