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Progress update from the National Grid

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Message from Hector Pearson:

I am writing to inform you that National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project Annual Report has been published this week and is available to download on our website at: http://www2.nationalgrid.com/UK/In-your-area/Visual-Impact-Provision/Downloads/

As you will be aware, National Grid has been collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders on this Ofgem funded initiative which has made £500million available for electricity transmission owners to mitigate the visual impact of existing networks in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks across Great Britain.

This project represents a major opportunity to enhance the landscape in protected places. Our ability to work collaboratively with the organisations at the heart of our landscape, particularly the AONBs and National Parks themselves, remains critical to its success.

The report covers the activities that we have undertaken over the last year, the wider stakeholder engagement programme and an overview of the eight AONBs and National Parks shortlisted by the Stakeholder Advisory Group in October 2014.

I would like to thank all stakeholders involved in the project for their input to date and look forward to continuing this work over the coming months.

I hope you will enjoy the report. You can also find more detailed information on the VIP project and the shortlisted designations by visiting our website www.nationalgrid.com/VIP.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email the project team on visualimpact@nationalgrid.com

Kind Regards

Hector Pearson

 

Visual Impact Provision Project Manager

 

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CRT Canal Meetings

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These meetings are held on a regular basis for anyone with an interest in the Kennet & Avon Canal to discuss and find resolutions to issues on and around the canal.  The forum is owned by the Canal & River Trust (CRT).

The forum was set up as a result of Parish Councils raising issues through the Parish Issues Report and the issue being discussed at one of the Pewsey Area Crime & Community Safety meetings, which focused on the issues raised.

Minutes from the meetings are published here for information and the meeting dates are on the PCAP calendar.

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Tourism Matters in the Pewsey Vale

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This is an initiative to look at how Pewsey Vale can attract more tourists and keep them here for longer with the economic benefit that ensues.

An event was held at the Pewsey Heritage Centre on 30th September 2014, which was attended by just over 40 local tourism-related business people.

The mediator for the event was Patrick Wilson (Chair of Pewsey & District Chamber of Commerce; Vice-Chair of PCAP) and the speakers were as follows:

Pewsey Heritage Centre Mike Asbury Manager, Pewsey Heritage Centre
Tourism in Wiltshire & the Pewsey Vale David Andrews Chief Executive, VisitWiltshire PDF Image
LEADER Funding & Opportunities Dawn Hamblin LEADER Programme Manager, North Wessex Downs Action Group  PDF Image
North Wessex Downs Update Oliver Cripps Director, North Wessex Downs AONB
Treasure Trails David Gill Managing Director, Inspirational Media  PDF Image
How a Tourism Partnership Works Tony Aldridge Devizes Tourism Partnership  PDF Image

Patrick Wilson Opening the event Mike Asbury on the Pewsey Heritage Centre  Mike Gale's lovely Barn Owl Mike Gale discussing the finer points with Michael MoundeTony Aldridge on the Devizes Tourism Partnership Oliver Cripps providing information on the NWD and LEADER funding

Debbie getting the water hot for tea Hannah getting the drinks ready at the start of the event

 

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Road Art in Pewsey

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This project was to celebrate the Tour of Britain coming through the Pewsey Vale – en route from Devizes to Hungerford – and right through the length of the Pewsey Community Area.

It also was timed so that it would fall in the middle of the Pewsey Carnival fortnight and so became part of the Have a Go at Carnival programme of activities for young people.

Making the most of the already existing road closures in Pewsey, the team met at 5.30pm with Sue Faux of Faux Art, and the painting began – from King Alfred down to the Co-op entrance – fun was had by young and old all evening, whilst the Carnival lights went on and the Four Legged Race – or Parade! – took place.

The next day was fabulous – so many people turned up to watch the Tour of Britain pass through and the road art was talk of the county.

In Progress Caught in the act! From King AlfredAerial Shot of the road art The finished jobTour of Britain Tour of Britain from above Tour of Britain & Street Art

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