" Make more use of technology to link-up parts of the transport system. Not everyone has access to bus and rail routes. Could a rural-uber type service improve connectivity between communities and increase access to services?" - gatehousem
" The challenge of keeping more and more people independent in their own homes as they get older relies upon Monmouthsire attracting more carers to the County. There has to be much more joined-up working with the Health Board who in trying to achieve a similar solution are actually depleting the carers available to MCC & our providers (Health Board will pay more).
Therefore I maintain that until the 2 Public Bodies concerned start giving due consideration to their decisions with respect to their impacts, then there will be no sustainable solutions. So my idea is to improve the quality of the options presented for decisions and to improve the due consideration applied." - ChrisRobinson
" There should be skype access points across the county that enable people to talk directly with the people they need to interact with within the Council.
It is well proven how effective the surgery model is for delivering support etc - it works well in urban settings but not in rural environments. Substitute with e-surgeries via skype" - ChrisRobinson
" I like all four themes and want particularly to comment on 1) Providing youngsters with the best start in life means ensuring that they get a good diet. I hope MCC will be able to look at the possibility of improved public procurement for school dinner plate. This is important for all children but in particular for those who come from low income households where there may also be reliance on food banks. Many of these youngsters will be entitled to free school meals and public procurement can be used to ensure that these meals are the healthiest they can be. More fresh local food could be in the mix. Thank you." - PamelaMason
" The draft Well-Being Plan states that "linked to the 'natural environment and climate change objective', enabling children to be active and participate in play, particularly outside will be important. Access to green space has been identified as needing improvement and it may also require behaviour change (including adult behaviour) to support this".
I couldn't agree more. Could I suggest, though, that having one part-time 'Infrastructure Manager' responsible for all of Monmouthshire's playgrounds does not send out the right message, and is not going to result in play spaces which parents and carers recognise as sustainable or resilient? It might be more fruitful to engender a 'yes you can' attitude, so that parents can take more responsibility for play spaces, and people can feel more ownership of their public spaces." - Friends of Chippenham Mead
" In the future..... people working in Monmouthshire will do very different jobs. Schools and colleges will understand the jobs market and ensure that new pupils have the skills they need. " - OurMonmouthshire
" In the future.... businesses will be more connected, understanding local and global opportunities." - OurMonmouthshire
" In the future.... we will all have high speed broadband, meaning less people will need to travel to work. More opportunities to work remotely as part of the knowledge economy." - OurMonmouthshire
" In the future... rural transport will be better with new innovations (eg: a rural uber?). Transport will capitalise on the South Wales metro and plug any gaps identified." - OurMonmouthshire
" In the future.... more young people will be in (or have had) vocational training which has prepared them for industry jobs." - OurMonmouthshire
" In the future.... there will be more education opportunities for people of all ages. Learning doesn't stop after school / college - learning is for life." - OurMonmouthshire
" In the future..... local businesses will be developing new opportunities from the growing green economy." - OurMonmouthshire
" The potential for autonomous vehicles offers many advantages to a rural area allowing people to travel easily especially those who are unable to drive (a particular problem as we get older). However, will this mean we will use a vehicle to get everywhere? This could have a significant effect on peoples health as we lose fitness. It's therefore essential that we build exercise into our daily lives now and the best way to do this is by active travel, walking and cycling to places we need to go to. For Monmouthshire that means building good walking and cycling networks in our towns and promoting there use, designing our towns for pepole and not cars." - sustrans
" In the future...people will be producing and buying renewable energy locally." - OurMonmouthshire
" In the future.....people will be producing and buying food locally." - OurMonmouthshire
" In the future.... organisations will be working in partnership to create regulation that is good for everyone and enforced." - OurMonmouthshire
" In the future.... farming practices will have changed. For example: Farmers won't be ploughing, sheep won't be grazing in the uplands areas, farms will be part of a carbon credits scheme." - OurMonmouthshire
" In the future....health services, schools, businesses and communities will be maximising use of the natural environment to improve health and wellbeing. Social prescribing will be made easier for service providers?" - OurMonmouthshire
" In the future.... planning has changed to ensure that new developments have: electric car charging points, green spaces and facilities for community cohesion." - OurMonmouthshire
" we will be able to buy goods from zero waste shops." - sustrans
" Mockingbird Consulting (www.mockingbirdconsulting.co.uk) are based in Monmouth and we're working on a number of environmental sensors that will feed data back to a central location for communities to access.
Our first sensor is in testing and measures temperature, humidity, air quality, and air pressure - we're going to create more sensors in the next couple of months including a river/flood level monitor, and once the sensors are proven then we'll be providing consultancy/training to organisations of all sizes and types on how to use the data for forecasting/analysis.
I know that this doesn't directly answer the question, but it may well provide datasets for people to do the analysis required in future to help with this issue." - proffalken