SOUTH WEST WALES CRP
CORE STEERING GROUP – 28/10/2020
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Here follows a report of the virtual meeting of the core steering group on the 28th October 2020. You can find a write up of notes from the steering group meeting below.
UPDATE ON SOUTH WEST WALES CONNECTED
- Terms of Reference have been amended since our last meeting, and submitted as part of our successful application for membership of the Community Rail Network – the directors of which have complimented the quality of our documents.
- GWR have provided formal support for the CRP
Marketing & Comms
- Jennifer shared social media stats for the CRP. The stats show a steady increase on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- LinkedIn showed slow growth in comparison.
- Members of the group involved with other CRPs have reported a similar trend across their social media platforms.
- Blogs have been a great and an informative asset to potential visitors.
- Produce Google analytics for the website for future meetings.
- Hugh stated that nationalisation of the railway should have no negative effect on CRPs.
- Transport for Wales’ current public message is essential travel only.
- Great Western Rail is currently in emergency measures and not permitted to market destinations
- GWR doesn’t currently have a message against travel, instead a ‘safer travel pledge’ – Travel with Confidence
- When the time is right, there will likely be more content being shared by rail orgs on social media.
Community and Partnership Projects
- Branding and visibility of the community rail partnership was discussed.
- Geraint stated that the Heart of Wales logos were introduced by the CRP a few years ago in partnership with the local highway authorities.
- To introduce the SW Wales CRP logo onto station signage will require a conversation with the branding team at TFW.
- Rhiannon stated that more CRPs have noticeboards with local info at stations than have their logo displayed – this might be an option to explore and was raised at the Haverfordwest vision meeting.
Biodiversity & Community Gardens
- William has expressed Natural Resources Wales getting involved.
- Pembrokeshire County Council (owners of the Fishguard and Goodwick station concourse) are hoping to expand the car park and to include a greening area as part of that and to have a Welcome notice on concourse exit.
- There is a lot of spare land along the platform at Pembroke Dock. Planters were introduced past the canopy a few years ago.
- Geraint shared a photograph of land at Pembroke Dock that could work as a wildflower meadow and other landscaping. Referring to behind the platform on the left hand side
- There is an opportunity at Carmarthen on Platform 2 for a group to look after the station garden.
- Contracted Owen Griffiths for community engagement.
- Could Swansea council could extend their wildflower growing to the station?
- Geraint stated that wildflower meadows could possibly work away from the lineside where conditions are appropriate. It probably wouldn’t work lineside due to access issues and vegetation management.
- The above has been trialled in the past at Knighton on the embankment behind the platform and at Dinas Powys near Cardiff.
- Jennifer introduced the ‘Welcome’ initiative – a specific project to utilise the financial contribution given by GWR:
- Part i) aimed at engaging with the community at school level. Schools will be invited to produce a “Welcome” to their town or village in the form of a film, song, rap, poem or storyboard winning entry to be posted on our website and promoted on social media.
- Part ii) In association with The Heart of Wales Line and Ramblers Cymru a pilot project to produce mapped walking routes that suit young families, limited mobility or anyone looking to improve their health by walking short distances (0.5 -2 miles – max) also produce an interactive child friendly map focused on 4 stations – Llanelli, Bynea, Llangennech, Pembrey and Burry Port
- Iwan stated that PLANED has funding for digitalised walks, the team is currently in the process of updating them. Iwan will be happy to share the walks and the template with us when they’re done.
- Following from the Haverfordwest Shared Vision Meeting, PLANED is currently in discussion with TfW regarding the building on platform 2, possibly for a digital space tied in with wider connectivity to town. Building survey awaiting.
- Report produced by PLANED in partnership with Haverfordwest Town Council last year can provide additional context on what the residents and businesses of the town are looking for – also keen focus on young people.
- Ceri provided an update regarding Milford Haven station:
- Local transport fund received from Welsh Gov for improved transport interchange through the county. Funding will complete a Weltag 1 & 2 stage.
- Commissioned Atkins to lead on a study. Meeting on 14th Oct with principal stakeholders (TfW, NR, Stephen Crabb MP) to gather views on work that was done in 2014.
- Ceri will welcome the CRP’s help in liaising processes with local stakeholders & community groups so their views can be fed into the development of the station.
- Set up a working group to co-create content and management of the website.
- Core group voted unanimously to regroup in the new year.
- Jennifer to liase with Iwan and connect him with her contact at Ramblers Cymru, Oliver.
- Gitti to be in contact with Sam Evans and Iwan, Walkability for local walks, particularly Haverfordwest to Hook.
- Dawn Lyle, Zoe Antrobus, Evie Redford – 4theRegion
- Jennifer – South West Wales Connected CRP
- John Davies – BayTrans
- Philip McDonnell – Low Carbon Swansea Bay & Swansea Environmental Forum
- Emma Morris – Great Western Railway
- William Mansfield – Natural Resources Wales
- Claire H – Network Rail
- Ceri Rees – Pembrokeshire County Council.
- Geraint Morgan, Hugh Evans – Transport for Wales
- Ellie Jerman – Traveline Cymru
- Rhiannon-Jane Raftery – Wales & Borders, Community Rail Network
- Jeremy Martineau, Luigi Bonacina – Fishguard & Goodwick Chamber of Trade & Tourism
- Gitti Coats – Haverhub
- Iwan Thomas – PLANED