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Facilitating pre-commercial development, business partnerships and short supply chains

Facilitating pre-commercial development, business partnerships and short supply chains
  • Projects that link skills and needs together (Skills Banks)
  • Development of new business partnerships or growing existing ones
  • Develop mentoring/ambassador schemes
  • Projects that create an entrepreneurial and innovative culture
  • Projects that enable employment of local people
  • Development of new products or processes
  • Develop and/or build on Powys brands
  • Pilot innovative approaches to supply chain development.
  • Projects using innovative methods of increasing the number of businesses engaging with public and private support services.

Exploring new ways of providing non-statutory local services

Exploring new ways of providing non-statutory local services
  • Piloting news ways of delivering services such as transport
  • Facilitate community engagement and information to identify community resilience and capacity to enable service delivery
  • Projects that build the capacity of local actors to allow them to deliver local services
  • Innovative projects that improve the health and wellbeing of local people
  • Research and visits to other best practice project examples
  • Projects that develop volunteering opportunities and training placements.
  • Support for the development of community hubs.
  • Projects that trial alternative ways of delivering non statutory services.
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Renewable energy at Community level

Renewable energy at Community level
  • Community engagement activities to disseminate renewable energy (RE) information to communities
  • Energy audits to identify hotspot communities for RE or energy efficiency
  • Projects that support the reduction of fuel poverty within the county
  • Projects that use community benefits from RE to alleviate poverty
  • Projects that support businesses to become more energy efficient
  • Projects that utilise natural resources to deliver local solutions.
  • Facilitation of support by communities through mentoring and familiarisation visits.
  • Engagement activities to disseminate RE information to land owners and rural businesses
  • Fuel sourcing from community woodlands.

Exploitation of digital technology

Exploitation of digital technology
  • Projects that increase the uptake of digital technologies within the business and community sectors
  • Projects that use digital technologies to provide services
  • Projects that build on existing web platforms or creates new ones
  • Projects that increase the uptake and usage of digital technology to improve business productivity and effectiveness.
  • Pilot mentoring or buddy schemes to encourage the use of social media.
  • Pilot innovative ways of using new technologies to provide information.

Adding Value to local identity and natural and cultural resources

Adding Value to local identity and natural and cultural resources
  • Projects that make best use of natural assets such as community grown food initiatives or community woodlands
  • Developing new activities related to the natural environment and heritage
  • Building the capacity of events to encourage sustainability
  • Develop ideas to increase the use of the Welsh Language within the outdoor activities sector
  • Develop ideas that link producers, retailers, caterers and visitors and products together
  • Improve the knowledge of the local natural and historical environment of local tourism providers

Farm Diversification

Farm Diversification

The Farm Diversification Scheme was a strategic project under Axis 3 of the Rural Development Plan which was active between 2011 and 2014. The aim of the project was to develop the agricultural sector in Powys into a dynamic and competitive sector.

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Resilient Powys

Resilient Powys

The Resilient Powys Project delivered a programme of support and financial assistance to encourage innovative, bottom up, small scale, business and community-led development initiatives, supporting diversification of the rural economy and improving the quality of life of Powys' citizens. A suite of strategic objectives were identified against which activities will be delivered.

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Sustainable Tourism Powys

Sustainable Tourism Powys

Sustainable Tourism Powys (STP) was an innovative programme delivered by Powys County Council to support and develop tourism in Powys into a dynamic and competitive sector. The project offered a range of support that developed and promoted the tourism offer in Powys including; grants schemes, targeted marketing, business advice and support.

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Electric charging points to be installed in nine Powys car parks

NINE car parks have been chosen to have fast electric charging points for vehicles installed, as Powys County Council (PCC) receives £100,000 from the UK Government.

A car charging point. Picture: Getty Images
Report Written by Elgan Hearn

A car charging point. Picture: Getty Images

Powys joined Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire and Swansea Councils in receiving grant funding for the electric charging points.

The money comes from The Energy Saving Trust (EST) which is administering the fund on behalf of the UK Government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to install electric vehicle charge points in car parks in residential areas.

The funding aims to increase the availability of affordable and accessible charging options, which will be key to increasing the uptake of plug-in-vehicles in the UK.

Before moving over to the education portfolio, Cllr Phyl Davies (Conservative, Blaen Hafren) the former Highways, Recycling and Assets portfolio holder, said: "We are delighted to have been given the full amount available to help us kick start our journey towards future proofing our county and reducing carbon emissions.

"The funding given will allow us to install charging points in nine of our car parks.

"It signals the start of our Phase I programme which will see us begin to build up a network of charging points across the county and we'll be looking to lever in more funding to increase our provision going forward."

UK Government's Welsh Secretary, Alun Cairns MP, added: "It is vital that electric vehicle drivers feel confident about the availability of charge points near their homes and along their journeys.

"Greater availability of charge points will also encourage a shift towards greener transport, bringing significant environmental benefits with it.

"I would encourage more councils to apply in order to create the necessary infrastructure to help us reach our net zero emissions target."

The nine car parks chosen for the Phase I installation are:

· High Street car park, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 6BG

· The Groe car park, Builth Wells, LD2 3BL

· Mount Street car park, Llanidloes, SY18 6BZ

· Maengwyn Street car park, Machynlleth, SY20 8DY

· Back Lane car park, Newtown, SY16 2NH

· Church Street car park, Welshpool, SY21 7DD

· Hereford Street car park, Presteigne, LD8 2AT

· The Watton car park, Brecon, LD3 7ED

· Beaufort Street car park, Crickhowell, NP8 1AE

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