Llangattock Community Council is running a series of drop-in events in March and April to find out what solutions people in South Powys and the Usk Valley would like to see to help tackle the lack of public transport in their towns and villages.

The Community Council has been awarded funding by Aberystwyth University’s ‘Transport and Health Integrated Research Network’ for a study into possible solutions including community electric buses and car share schemes.

Kate Inglis, Chair of the Planning and Environment of Llangattock Community Council, said: “We want to investigate what people would like to see to help tackle the ‘transport poverty’ we all know exists in our villages.

“We also know that by giving people convenient public transport options we can help tackle loneliness, improve people’s wellbeing, and help with parking problems and the climate emergency by reducing car dependence.”

The drop-ins will canvas the opinions of people living in six community council areas: Crickhowell and Llangattock, Llangynidr, Cwmdu, Tretower, Bwlch and Cathedine, the Vale of Grwyney, Llanbedr and Llangenny, Gilwern, Clydach and Maesygwartha. The aim is to assess how much demand there would be for different types of transport.

Ms Inglis said: “If viable, we would love to see a combination of community transport and car sharing to help support the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority and Powys County Council in their goals of reducing CO2 emissions.

“Please do come along to one of the events and look out on social media for our survey when it goes live. There will be refreshments and cake that we’d love to share with you!”

People who come along to the informal community engagement events will also be able to talk to Llangattock Green Valleys about community energy projects.

Drop-ins will be held on Saturdays on the following dates:

Saturday, March 9 - 10am - 1pm

Llangynidr Village Hall, Cwmcrawnon Road, Llangynidr, Crickhowell NP8 1LS

Saturday, March 16 - 10:30am - 4pm

Crickhowell Parish Hall, Church Lane, Crickhowell NP8 1BB

Saturday, March 23 - 11am - 2pm

Llangattock Community Hall, Clos Cilau, Llangattock, NP8 1PH

Saturday, April 13 - 2pm - 5pm

Glangrwyney Village Hall, Crickhowell, NP8 1EF

Saturday, April 20 - 2pm - 5pm

Cwmdu Village Hall, Cwmdu, Crickhowell NP8

Saturday, April 27 - 2pm - 5pm

Gilwern Village Hall, Main Road, Gilwern, Monmouthshire NP7 0AS

Any questions? Please get in touch on with Kate Inglis and Natalie Bruynseels on: [email protected]