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Council to switch off street lights in 'budget saving exercise'

Monmouthshire County Council is to switch off its street lights between midnight and 6am in residential areas, as part of a budget saving exercise.

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Locations affected by the change will be Magor, Undy, Rogiet, Portskewett, Caerwent, Llanfoist, Llanellen, Govilion, Gilwern and Llanelly Hill.

The switch off will take place from Saturday, 28th October. The council said no lights will be turned off in areas of traffic calming, pedestrian crossings or other high risk pedestrian areas.

In previous years, we have been able to make significant savings through working more efficiently. However, the scale of cuts in recent years means that we can’t avoid making savings that could impact on the communities we serve. I understand entirely that many people won’t like the idea of streetlights being turned off but we have limited the hours when this will happen and I’m confident that we have done what we can to minimise the impact.

– Cllr Bryan Jones, Monmouthshire County Council

Water upgrade for Saundersfoot

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A public meeting will be held on on Monday about plans to improve bathing water quality in Saundersfoot.

Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water is spending £1.5m on the scheme which will see a long sea pipe installed to carry wastewater farther from the beach.

The work is expected to take four months.

We're very aware of the potential disruption that work such as this may cause, especially when working on the beach, therefore we have carefully planned the scheme and worked closely with Pembrokeshire County Council. This will ensure our work does not impact on any events planned for the area over the coming months and have programmed the scheme outside of the bathing season.

– Paris Koronias, Welsh Water’s Capital Delivery Project Manager

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Tree planting milestone reached

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A tree planting initiative dreamed up by a Cardiff schoolgirl nine years ago has led to the creation of 15 new woodlands in Wales with the planting for the 300,000th tree.

In 2008 the Welsh Government made a pledge to plant a native Welsh broadleaf tree for every child born or adopted in Wales. The scheme is called Plant! – the Welsh word for children.

Every month, Natural Resources, arranges for a mixture of native broadleaf trees to be planted, including oak, ash, birch, cherry, rowan and willow. Every baby is given the location of the woodland which contains their tree.

They also receive a certificate soon after their birth or adoption, stating that a tree has been planted for them.

Trees are an important part of our environment. They soak up floodwater, absorb carbon and other pollutants, provide a home for wildlife, help us enjoy the outdoors as well as providing a source of sustainable energy and house-building material.

Plant! is helping to create new community woodlands for the children of Wales to visit with their families and watch them grow as they do.

We hope it will encourage young people to think about their environment and the role they have in managing it sustainably.

– Kate Thomson, Plant! Co-ordinator for Natural Resources Wales
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