Chairman Chris Fuller
Secretary Nicholas Moore
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14th May 2016 Montgomeryshire Branch AGM, the watermill in Pontdolgoch, 2.30pm.
By kind invitation of Tim Chiltern. There will also be the opportunity to see this wonderful, preserved watermill.
Montgomeryshire Branch Lecture at CPRW's Annual General Meeting 30th May
The Branch was pleased to be able to arrange a talk by Dr Jean Reader (Chairman, Welsh Historic Gardens Trust) on “The work of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust 1989-2015” which followed the National AGM. Dr Reader’s talk made an interesting comparision between the work of two organisations in Wales which are involved in the preservation of the landscape. The Welsh Historic Gardens Trust (WHGT) have been able to launch many notable projects, particularly the re-establishment of the gardens at Aberglasney and those at Middleton Hall, which has become the National Botanic Garden of Wales, restoration work at Hafod and the re-creation of the Cowbridge Physic Garden. Like CPRW, the WHGT is organised into regional branches. A lot of time is spent by the branches in replying to threats to historic gardens and the Parks and Gardens listed in CADW’s surveys. The increasingly restricted availability of outside funding has resulted in the Garden Trust having to rely completely on its volunteer supporters.
Successful branch lecture at Plas Dolerw, Newtown
We were delighted that Jules Hudson, the new President of CPRW, was with us to introduce the talk by Iain Wright, of RCAHMW, on Saturday 21st February: “Location Photography - A Privileged Life”. Iain gave an enthralling lecture to an audience of more than 70 people, which enlightened us on the many techniques he uses to produce splendid photographs for the Welsh Royal Commission and architectural guidebooks. We were also pleased to welcome a number of new members to the branch.
The Branch AGM will be in June : Details to follow soon
Brett and Jill Kibble have put in a lot of hard work for preparing our response on the plans for the Newtown Bypass. We have submitted the following comments, See here, which the Branch hopes will lead to improvements in the design of the Bypass and lessen its impact on the landscape to the south of Newtown.
Windfarms and Pylons As predicted this is a topic taking up a lot of our time.
National Grid Proposed connection route from Cefn Coch to Oswestry
Bryn Blaen Windfarm application (6 turbines situated north of Llangurig) P/2014/1102
Our response to this planning application can be seen here
Powys County Council Local Development Plan.
The Branch submitted its comments jointly with the Brecon and Radnor branch, on the Local Development Plan on the 8th September. Subsequently, on the 24th September, the Welsh Assembly posted its comments on the plan See here , suggesting that the plan was likely to be declared unsound by the Inspector on the grounds that guidance material was lacking. Many of the comments made by the WAG are very similar to those made by the Montgomery Branch,particularly in respect to future housing projections.
Powys County Council will now have to re-formulate and re-advertise the plan, which we expect will happen in the New Year. This will give the Montgomeryshire Branch time to re-consider some of its comments and further refine them. We would greatly welcome further comments by members on the LDP.
Branch submits a comprehensive Manifesto to ensure forthcoming Powys Local Development Plan is fit for purpose See here for further details>>
Review of Designated Landscapes.
The Branch has made its own submission and wishes to make the case that greater recognition should be given to the landscapes of Montgomeryshire and particularly where they are contiguous with other AONB’s such as the Shropshire Hills.
Monitoring Local Planning Applications.
The Branch is monitoring Planning Application and making comments where applicable. Jill Kibble (firstname.lastname@example.org) has kindly agreed to undertake this for us, for the time being. Please get in touch with her if you would like the Branch to make any observations.
Rural Wales Award
The award was made in recognition of the sensitive and high quality restoration of this historic building which has past links with rural life, the tanning industry and farming in the general locality. The Tannery was officially opened as an additional art and sculpture gallery in May 2014, following its restoration from an ivy-clad derelict building.
We welcome new members. Your subscriptions would help deliver our objective to protect the Welsh countryside and you would have the opportunity to share in locally organised events. You can join online at http://www.cprw.org.uk/join_us
For visitors to Montgomeryshire who wish to appreciate our changing landscape: