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OBJECT Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (Mr Noel Davey)
CPRW agrees that support to communities should be given emphasis, including in particular primacy to policies to preserve and promote Welsh language and culture. CPRW is concerned that most of the other 'community' policies covered relate to the provision of physical infrastructure including roads. Whilst these are relevant they do not address a perception that a trend towards greater centralisation of planning policies and decisions is reducing the influence small rural communities have over their local living conditions and development, that genuine local consultation is weak and that local representation through community councils is ineffective. More attention is required to mechanisms for increasing the influence of small rural communities over their living conditions and development.