Archive Article: 2000/08/04

4 August 2000

&#8226 PROVISIONAL results from a survey of 3000 Welsh farmers confirm that the majority want more customer-friendly forms, and simpler systems to process them.

Carwyn Jones, the new National Assembly agriculture secretary, said calls for a simplified service would not go unheeded. The survey was part of the £16m scheme Joint Initiatives for Government Services Across Wales (JIGSAW).

&#8226 THE Millennium Royal Welsh Show was the fifth best attended ever with 220,534 visitors passing through the turnstiles. The final four-day figure was 11,000 up on 1999, and on the third day a record 19,278 vehicles were parked.

&#8226 VOLUNTARY access figures strongly in the first 600 applications for the new Tir Gofal whole farm agri-environment scheme. With almost 250 agreements signed the Countryside Council for Wales says the scheme is already set to provide over 70km (43.5 miles) of new permissive footpaths, 7km (4.3 miles) of new permissive bridle and cycle ways and new voluntary access to 450ha (1080 acres) of farmed land. &#42

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