Ponds & Woodlands
A Local Nature Reserve &
Community Green Flag Award Winner
Awarded for seven consecutive years
MAY 2013 - DAMAGE TO WALL OF DRAGONFLY GATE.
At the end of April, we received a report that the wall at the Dragonfly Gate Entrance had been badly damaged ( Photo below left), Chris Engel who is the Regeneration Projects Manager of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, arranged to get the damage repaired, and the contractor carried out the repairs to the wall on Friday 31st May, but the following day, somebody had removed the coping stones before the cement had set. (Photo below middle)
Chris was again contacted, and at very short notice, the stones were replaced, and the wall was again as good as new. Photo below right)
The Society would like to thank Chris Engel and the contractor for their prompt response in restoring the wall to its' former glory.
Frances Walters, Llanerch House, Trinant, Crumlin, Gwent NP11 3BB
FEBRUARY 2013 - APPLICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT IN LITTLE LANE.
An application has been submitted to build a dwelling in the field to the left of Little Lane - shown in the foreground of the photograph. It would be builton undermined land and on the feeder stream to the ponds.
A planning meeting that will include the application for Little Lane will be held on Thursday 7th March 2013 in the Civic Centre's Council Chamber at 2.00pm.
Those against the application will be allowed someone to speak from the public gallery to outline their reasons for opposing it.
There is a strong feeling against this application in a site that has been designated Local Nature Reserve status, and has become a huge attraction for many people.
PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT US IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THIS DEVELOPMENT.
AFTER THREE ATTEMPTS, THE APPLICATION WAS FINALLY REJECTED ON JUNE 6th 2013,
BUT ON AUGUST 17th WE WERE INFORMED THAT THE APPLICANT HAS APPEALED AGAINST THE DECISION.
THEN ON 11th DECEMBER 2013 - WE WERE INFORMED BY PLANNING, THAT THE APPEAL WAS DISMISSED,AND THAT THEY WOULDN'T ACCEPT ANY FURTHER APPLICATIONS FOR TWO YEARS - GOOD NEWS FOR ALL MEMBERS AND VISITORS, AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN CONTINUE TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE PONDS & WOODLANDS, LIKE THOSE ON THE LEFT, WITHOUT ANY FURTHER BUILDING !!
NATIONAL RESOURCES WALES.
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