Following the delegation of new legislative powers to Wales, the Welsh Government has announced a range of proposed new Bills which will affect the Welsh National Parks and how they are managed. The consequences of these proposals could have a significant impact on our National Parks. Accordingly, the Friends, together with the Alliance for Welsh Designated Landscapes (AfWDL) and the Welsh National Park Societies (WNPS), are closely monitoring any new proposals and, if thought appropriate, responding to them as and when the consultation documents are launched. The Friends’ submissions on consultation documents are below, in date order of our responses with the latest at the top.
Earlier this week the Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn, made her long awaited statement in the Assembly on the future status and role of Designated Landscapes. It was a positive and reassuring message. A five year process of review and deliberation has resulted in what on the surface feels like very little change. But this is a good result as crucially she endorsed the Sandford Principle (which places conservation at the heart of the Designated Landscapes) and she committed to drawing a line under the process, thus bringing some certainty and stability to the National Parks and AONBs. Her statement was really a ringing endorsement of the work of the National Parks and the part they can and should play in providing some of the benefits being talked about so much at the moment – sustainability, health and wellbeing, natural resource management etc. (more…)