Monmouthshire County Council has made contingency plans to ensure essential services are available throughout the Christmas and New Year period.  In addition, it has published opening times for its leisure centres, museums and community hubs.

A number of council services will run throughout the Christmas and New Year period.  The community meals team and caring staff will work each day including Christmas Day while a number of social workers will be on duty with others on call on a 24 hour basis.

The council’s gritting teams will be on standby throughout the Christmas and New Year period to work whenever roads need treatment.  Highways staff will be assisted by colleagues from the council’s grounds and waste & recycling teams if required.  Maintenance staff in the council’s Raglan Depot will also be available to ensure vehicles are fully operable while members of the Property Services team will be on call to safeguard buildings and infrastructure.

Arrangements will be made for the collection of waste and recycling over the holidays and will be feature on a press release this week.  See http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste for details.

The council’s leisure centres will open from 8.15am to 3.30pm on Christmas Eve but will close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Wednesday 27th December.  They will open as usual on 28th, 29th and 30th December with restricted hours – 8.15am to 3.30pm – on New Year’s Eve.  All centres will close on New Year’s Day but will open as usual on Tuesday 2nd January.  Fitness classes will run until Friday 22nd December 2017 before re-commencing on Wednesday 3rd January while Chepstow Leisure Centre’s swimming pool is closed for essential maintenance from 27th December until Saturday 6th January.

The county’s museums at Abergavenny, Chepstow and Monmouth will be open on Christmas Eve before closing for the following three days.  They will re-open as usual from Thursday 28th December but will be closed on New Year’s Day.

The council will close its two main office buildings – County Hall in Usk and Magor’s Innovation House – in the period between Christmas and the New Year.  This move following consultation with employees will save money for the council and its agile working policy means that staff present on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th December will be able to operate normally from one of the county’s community hubs, Caldicot Leisure Centre or Abergavenny Library.  The Registrar Office adjacent to County Hall will open as normal on both days.

Residents looking to visit any of the council’s community hubs should note that they will open during their usual hours except for closure on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Wednesday 27th December and New Year’s Day.  For details visit: http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/community-hubs-libraries

Leader of Monmouthshire County Council, Councillor Peter Fox said: “Most of us will enjoy a well-deserved break over Christmas and the New Year but we shouldn’t overlook those vital workers who carry on serving the community whether it’s ensuring the safety of the roads, caring for the vulnerable in our society or liaising in a crisis with the emergency services.”

For further details log onto www.monmouthshire.gov.uk