November news . . .

Here is the latest following our postponed November meeting –

  • Cllr. Geoff Cook is now our Magor with Undy Community Council representative. Welcome Geoff!

  • Ted Hand attended an event run by Abellio, one of the 3 remaining bidders for the Wales and Border and METRO franchise, on the 8th November.  Abellio again confirmed their support and enthusiasm for the Magor and Undy Walkway campaign.  Abellio, fundamentally a Dutch company, is very keen on sustainable transport and active travel and wish to meet MAGOR again in the new year.

  • Later in November Ted met Jessica Morden MP and John Griffiths AM to update them on progress.  Jessica intends to raise a question in parliament in regards to MAGOR and MCC’s future funding application to develop Magor & Undy Walkway Station, when the GRIP 3 process is completed, which hopefully will be by the spring 2018. She also agreed to facilitate a meeting with Transport for Wales for MAGOR.

  • Transport and Policy officer for Monmouthshire County Council, Christian Schmidt, informed us that he been requested by one of Welsh Government’s transport officials, that we had met earlier in the year, to submit a formal request for the money needed to fund the balance needed to complete the GRIP 3 study.  This was seen as very encouraging.  The submission of the request has now been made.

  • Laurence Hando and Ted Hand met informally with Cllr. Donna James and Cllr. Andrea Boyland on the 1st November to discuss our failed grant application and the perceived diminishing support from Magor with Undy Community Council.  Following some open and frank discussion, they agreed that it had been a positive meeting and helped to allay any misconceptions.  The council also re-affirmed its full support for the Magor and Undy Walkway station and wished to work more closely with the MAGOR group.  Cllr. James followed up with a letter to the Laurence and Ted (which was shared with the group) and, as mentioned earlier, Cllr. Cook is now officially the council’s representative on MAGOR.

  • I reported to the Group that a local resident had kindly donated an historic Magor rail ticket.  The ticket isn’t dated but as it is for 3rd class travel it makes it pre-1956, when 3rd class was abolished.  It is hoped the ticket will be framed and one day displayed securely in or close to (possibly in a new community hub!) Magor and Undy Walkway station.

  • Finally, don’t forget the Frost Fayre which starts at 5pm on 9th December in the Square. We will be there on our usual raffle stall and will be very pleased to see you.

Paul

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