I am delighted to inform you that planning applications for the Monmouth Links Walking and Cycling routes are now available on">

The relevant numbers are DC/2010/00079 and DC/2010/00145. Members of the public can leave comments on the website, or write to Monmouthshire County Council Planning Department, County Hall, Cwmbran.

Part of the core route of the project extends from the Redbrook Road, over the iron railway bridge and into town via the railway embankment, Troy Gardens and Beech Road. This is not intended to be the full route, but is the section we have managed to bring to this stage.

Money has been made available by WAG for this financial year to start work on part of the route. This might not be the bridge segment, as various licences have to be obtained in regard to bat colonies and dormice that currently inhabit the embankment area.

I hope your readers will have a look at the planning documents and make as many positive comments as possible. There will undoubtedly be some objections, so the more local people who voice their support, the better.

Later in the year we will be asking for ideas regarding a Connect2 bench, which will be sited along the route and will mark the Big Lottery win that Sustrans – and many people across the UK – fought so hard to obtain.

We will also be holding our third Green Travel Day on Saturday 25th September, when we hope to have more news about this project.

If you would like further information, write to me at [email protected]">[email protected].

Annette Baker

Monmouth Links Project Board