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Welsh countryside 'blighted' by off-road drivers

A community in Llangollen say off-roaders are blighting the countryside and causing damage to the environment.

The residents from Pengwern Estate have now started campaign to put an end to motorbikes and 4x4s driving in the area.

Residents say off-roaders are blighting Llangollen. Credit: PA

The Save Our Path campaign will hold a meeting tonight at the Llangollen town hall in a bid to tackle the problem.

Residents say the noise has made living in the valley unbearable.

Our valley has become unbearable for residents, most particularly at weekends.

Locals have to be on high alert for their safety when walking, cycling or horse-riding around the Pengwern Vale or accessing their properties.

– Edwina Hart, Save Our Path member

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Have you been affected by Japanese Knotweed?

There are concerns mounting over a type of plant known as Japanese Knotweed which is growing out of hand across Wales. The plant can damage the foundations of houses causing them to lose some value.

Read More: Concerns over Japanese Knotweed growths in Wales

The weed can easily spread and is becoming a problem across Wales. Credit: PA

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Public consultation on Wylfa power station begins

Horizon Nuclear Power, the company established to develop the new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey, has today set out how people can have their say on building plans.

The talks will pave the way for weeks of future consultation on building plans. Credit: ITV Wales News

The first phase of public consultation begins later, paving the way for a further ten weeks of talks regarding the proposed multi-billion pound Wylfa Newydd power station.

It is crucial that people have the opportunity to have their say on our proposals. Wylfa Newydd is a major investment in the region and brings with it a wide range of benefits, from the economic to the educational, so we want to encourage people to take the time to get involved and understand what the project means for them, for the local area, and for Wales and the UK more widely.

– Alan Raymant, Horizon Chief Operating Officer

New maps unveiled to encourage walkers to explore Welsh countryside

Its taken over three years for the new maps to be completed Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

New and revised maps are to be unveiled today aimed at showing where people can explore the welsh countryside.

Natural Resources Wales say the new maps have comprehensively been reviewed with landowners and farmers to ensure explorers respect private land.

It's the first time maps have been reviewed in a decade and outlines over one million acres of land free for people to explore and enjoy.

Natural Resources Wales says the natural environment is a huge draw for walkers who contribute more than 6 hundred and 30 million pounds to the Welsh economy.

Nationwide beach clean up event this weekend

Volunteers in Wales are taking part in a nationwide beach clean event this weekend.

Langland Beach in Swansea is one of the beaches pinpointed for a clear up. Credit: ITV Wales News

The clean up operation is happening on over thirty beaches in Wales including Llandudno, Freshwater, Langland, Ogmore and Rhyl.

The UK's leading marine charity hopes a record number of people will get involved to clear our beaches of litter. They blame a change in domestic habits over the last 50 years for the increased amount of litter, waste an plastic now being washed up on our shores.

"Our domestic habits over the last 50 years or so have resulted in dirty beaches. We throw more stuff away than ever. Plastic in the marine environment may take hundreds of years to break down and it washes up or is blown onto beaches in bits from micro pieces to larger chunks. We flush stuff down the loo we shouldn't, and that ends up in our water ways and then our beaches."

– Tom Bell, The Marine Conservation Society
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