People are being invited to have their say on drawing up a plan for the long and short term future of Llangollen’s Pengwern Vale.
Last March Natural Resources Wales [NRW] and the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty [AONB] organised a meeting with the community of the vale to discuss opportunities around working in partnership to make a positive contribution to its special landscape character.
They arranged a virtual event to listen to what people said about living, working and visiting the vale, the challenges they face and working together in response to the climate and environment emergency.
Over 30 external participants came to a virtual evening meeting including residents, town and county councillors, a headteacher, school governor, local businesses and representatives of Friends of Pengwern Vale, Friends of the Earth, Woodland Trust, the local health centre, Llangollen 2020 (sports clubs) and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.
A follow-up online meeting will now be held on Tuesday, June 29, between 7 and 9pm, to develop a Plan for the Vale.
Richard Dearing, who has been co-ordinating the project for Natural Resources Wales, said: “At the March online meeting once people realised there was no pre-determined plan, the discussion became positive and free flowing.
“Lots of existing and possible initiatives were raised along with the ambition that the group could start to prepare a Plan for the Vale setting out a vision and ambition for at least the next generation. This could be seen almost as an Area Statement in miniature [see link].
“Some of the possibilities raised ranged from promoting the local engagement with the environment seen during lockdown, to management of recreation, green infrastructure, sustainable land management, and even as far as promoting engagement in wider environmental issues for the next generation.”
He added: “The meeting on June 29 is about supporting the community to develop a short, medium and generational plan for the vale that will be instrumental in delivering the communities vision with the support of a range of stakeholders and partners.
“Unfortunately, the meeting will have to be held online again but we really look forward to meeting face to face as soon as we can.
“We are asking those that would like to log on to e-mail me at email@example.com to be sent a link to the meeting next week.”