NEIL Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, is calling on his constituents to help put Welsh towns firmly on the UK ramblers map.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Culture and the Environment, is supporting The Ramblers Association, who are calling for nominations for Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood Award 2019, to celebrate the places that put urban walkers first.

He said: “Congratulations to the Ramblers Association for continuing this initiative, now in its second year

“Wales is rich in glorious areas to walk and roam which attract tourists and visitors from all over the world.

‘This Award is a fantastic idea and I hope people in Wales will step forward and nominate their town and neighbourhood.

“Last year, Newtown, Powys, came third in the inaugural awards and it would be wonderful to see a Welsh overall winner this year.

“Nominations need to be made before March 17 so there is no time to be lost. I would urge people living in Mid & West Wales to support their neighbourhoods.”

To take part in the competition your neighbourhood must be any district, community or area where people live and work. It can be the heart of a big city, or a small village with just a few streets and houses.

Expert panelists will be looking for interventions and innovations that have made every day journeys more walkable.

Neil Hamilton AM

They will consider all the nominated neighbourhoods against three main criteria, namely whether they are:

Walkable: Is it easy to walk to everyday local shops and services? Is there a network of well-connected walking routes? Is it easy to cross the road safely and directly? For longer journeys, are there attractive public transport options and a good cycle network?

Green: Does it have good quality green spaces with easy links to housing? Do streets and other public spaces have plantings or other welcoming natural features?

Welcoming: Are pavements accessible, well maintained, wide and clutter free? Are there attractive public spaces, places to sit and chat and play and interesting things to see and do? Are there measures to reduce or slow motor traffic?

Nominations are now open and for more details go here.

Pic: Shamraze/Nuhaize

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