Council meeting (am). Good attendance and debate, the main points I noted were: - 

  • Membership fees to increase   
  • Pleas from Director & NEC for Branches to assist with central funding   
  • Concern from the floor over membership level and records         
  • Welcome for WAG reaction to campaign against mid-Wales wind turbine expansion and grid  connection infrastructure – 2000 people in meetings at Welshpool, and lobbying at Cardiff.
  • CPRW has called for a review of TAN 8     
  • CPRW is linking with CNP and SUSTRANS to highlight rural transport problems    
  • WAG’s'Living Wales’ agenda includes merger of CCW / Env Agency Wales / Forestry Commission Wales      
  • Clwydian Range AONB proposal – farmers unions oppose, will slow down process. No news on the Cambrian Mts AONB proposal   

Annual General Meeting (pm)                                                                                           

  • Chairman Jean Rosenfeld reported that CPRW was now recognised as the major think tank on Welsh landscape issues, and also a huge influence on rural and environmental affairs, thanks to the Director. We need to keep up the momentum in difficult times, but also work for sustainability                                                                                                                            
  • Finance – year past was satisfactory, but there are concerns for the future.                       
  • Elections – Jean re-elected Chairman for a further three years, but he emphasised that he could not extend that. Two members elected to Council (I think, my notes are vague). Pleas for more members on NEC (6 vacant seats)