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Re-opens: 09:00 hrs. Tuesday 30th December 2014

Closes: 17:00 hrs. Wednesday 31st December 2014
Re-opens: 09:00 hrs. Friday 2nd January 2015

Newport County Council are proposing to establish a new Welsh Medium secondary school on the site of the current Duffryn High School.  The proposal is supported by Monmouthshire and specifically affects pupils residing in the South of the County.  In order to help Newport City Council reach a decision on this proposal, we are inviting you to have your say by engaging in the statutory consultation process.

A consultation period will commence St David’s Day, Sunday 1st March and close on Tuesday 14th April.

You can access the consultation pack and all other relevant information via the following link www.newport.gov.uk/wm2

Newport County Council are proposing to establish a new Welsh Medium secondary school on the site of the current Duffryn High School.  The proposal is supported by Monmouthshire and specifically affects pupils residing in the South of the County.  In order to help Newport City Council reach a decision on this proposal, we are inviting you to have your say by engaging in the statutory consultation process.

A consultation period will commence St David’s Day, Sunday 1st March and close on Tuesday 14th April.

You can access the consultation pack and all other relevant information via the following link www.newport.gov.uk/wm2

Emergency works to the A472 at the village of Little Mill between Usk and Pontypool will require a road closure from 9.30am on Monday, March 2nd for a period of three days.  The works, to be carried out by Wales and West Utilities (Gas), will involve the urgent repair of a leaking gas main.

Traffic diversion signs will be set out by Wales and West Utilities (Gas).

Log onto www.monmouthshire.gov.uk for further details.

 

Ten volunteers together with ten members of Monmouthshire’s Countryside Access staff braved the recent cold weather to receive training on surveying small footbridges within the county’s rights of way network.  The training will ensure that volunteers and staff are equipped to inspect the bridges and maintain their safety.  Funding for this training was provided by the Welsh Government’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan Grant administered by Natural Resources Wales.

Principal Countryside Access Officer, Ruth Rourke explained: “There are over 700 bridges on the footpath network in Monmouthshire and volunteers are helping us to establish regular checks of some of these, assisting us to keep them safe for public use.  We could not manage this task without the assistance of our volunteers and we are extremely grateful for their time given to undertake the training and surveys.”

Contact Monmouthshire County Council’s Countryside team – Countryside@monmouthshire.gov.uk – for information on rights of way and volunteering.

 Volunteers have helped to improve Monmouthshire’s public rights of way network by assisting with the installation of sleeper and small kit bridges across the county.  This project – funded by the Welsh Government’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan Grant – will benefit tourism and enable walkers to explore the county’s beautiful countryside as warmer weather and lighter evenings draw closer.

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for Environment, Public Services and Housing, Councillor Giles Howard commented: “This grant funding has enabled the council to purchase materials and employ a contractor to install 26 footbridges and deal with a number of other minor bridge repairs with the aid of volunteers.  I would like to thank the volunteers for their assistance and also the 33 landowners and tenants involved who have made this project possible.”

Contact Monmouthshire County Council’s Countryside team – Countryside@monmouthshire.gov.uk – for information on rights of way and volunteering.

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight events in Monmouthshire mark a double celebration – the Fairtrade Mark was first introduced 20 years ago, and the county’s Fairtrade status has recently been renewed!

Monmouthshire’s active and enthusiastic Fairtrade Town groups have organised a host of events between 23rd February and 8th March, ranging from storytelling and cookery demonstrations to pancake parties.  As well as being a lot of fun, all the events help to remind that buying products with the Fairtrade Mark guarantees a fair deal and better conditions for farmers and producers in developing countries.

Councillor Phil Hobson, cabinet member responsible for sustainability said: “The success of our application to renew our Fairtrade County status is a testament to the energy and hard work put in by our Fairtrade Town groups.  They work tirelessly all year round to help make people realise that what they put in their shopping baskets can really help to improve people’s lives”.

Monmouthshire County Council will also be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a Fairtrade sale for staff, and a Fairtrade quiz.

Events in Abergavenny, Chepstow, Usk and Monmouth are listed below with details of contacts for the Fairtrade Town organisations.

Abergavenny: Katrina Gass, katringass@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 01873 855760

Chepstow: Julia Parsons, julia@esnadene.plus.com Tel: 01291 622163

Monmouth: Bethia Smith, bethiasmith@hotmail.com Tel: 01600 719993

Usk: Ruth Prince, rj@princerj.demon.co.uk Tel: 01291 673385

Fri 27th Feb 6.30pm Fairtrade meeting with Martha Holman, entry £5 incl. drink and nibbles, Monmouth Priory, Monmouth
Sat 28th Feb 10-12noon Fairtrade Coffee morning , Abergavenny Library
Sat 28th Feb 7 for 7.30pm Annual Fairtrade Social, all welcome. Bring food and drink to share. Awaiting confirmation of a Fairtrade producer as guest speaker. Trinity Church Hall, Abergavenny
Sun 1st March 10-30-4pm Free hands-on cookery workshop for accompanied children and families using Fairtrade produce to make popular Welsh recipes, New Abergavenny Community Centre, Park Street, Abergavenny
Sun 1st March 10.30am Morning Service with focus on Fairtrade , Methodist Church, Abergavenny
Thurs 5th March 10.30am -12.30pm Coffee Morning Fairtrade stall, Christchurch Community Hall, Abergavenny
Fri 6th March 10.30-12noon Coffee Morning Fairtrade stall, Holy Trinity Church Hall, Abergavenny
Fri 6th March 2pm Women’s World Day of Prayer Fairtrade stall, Trinity Church, Abergavenny
Fri 27th March 10am -1pm Coffee morning with “Just Food” cookery demo from 10.30-11.30, entry £3.50 incl. drink, demo and nibbles, Centenary Hall, Usk

 Representatives from all sectors supporting vulnerable groups in Monmouthshire’s Bryn y Cwm area have been invited to an open workshop in Abergavenny to assess the challenges facing them and shape required actions.

The workshop takes place in Abergavenny Community Centre (the former Park Street School), Park Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5YB on Wednesday 11th March from 2pm to 4.30pm and has been organised by the Bryn y Cwm Programme Board. The board comprises key stakeholders such as the county council, local community councils, the Bryn y Cwm Community Forum, Monmouthshire Housing Association and the Local Service Board.

The workshop entitled ‘Building a Better Bryn y Cwm – Making Sure No-one Gets Left Behind’ will be an important opportunity for all working with vulnerable and ‘hard to reach’ groups to identify what issues and pressures are excluding people from available services and support. It will provide an opportunity to review current projects and identify new initiatives.

County Councillor Geoff Burrows, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for social care and health said: “Vulnerable sections of our community, young and old, often feel isolated and cut off, confused by the plethora of services on offer. This workshop will examine how we can pull together to make a difference and ensure no-one gets left behind”.

Contact Colin Phillips: 01633 644848 or email colinphillips@monmouthshire.gov.uk to book a place or for further details.

 

 Councillors are celebrating news that the Welsh Government has approved the outline business case for a new Welsh-medium secondary school located in Newport to serve southern Monmouthshire as well as pupils from the city itself.  The proposed school will be within a remodelled building on the Duffryn High School site and will provide for pupils moving to secondary education from Monmouthshire’s Ysgol Y Ffin primary in Caldicot and Newport’s three Welsh-medium primary schools.

The next stage is for a full business case to be prepared and submitted to Welsh Government for review and approval.

County Councillor Liz Hacket Pain, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for schools and learning said: “It is wonderful news that Welsh-medium secondary education for southern Monmouthshire’s children in a Twenty First Century School environment is one step closer.  We’re really looking forward to the day that pupils can progress from Ysgol y Ffin in Caldicot to a new secondary school in Newport”.

Chief Officer for Children and Young People, Sarah McGuinness added: “The close collaboration between Monmouthshire’s Twenty First Century School team and their counterparts in Newport City Council has worked extremely well to bring us to this stage.  This will continue to bear fruit until we can celebrate the opening of the new Welsh-medium secondary school in Newport”.

Statutory consultation on the proposal to establish this new school will take place from St David’s Day – 1st March 2015 – until Tuesday 14th April 2015 and details will feature on Monmouthshire County Council’s website.  For further details email: SimonKneafsey@monmouthshire.gov.uk

 

Brake's Giant Walk

Structural strengthening works to the Chain Bridge near Bettws Newydd will take place on four weekends in March calling for diversions on the B4598 between Usk and Abergavenny.

The bridge will be closed as follows:

8am until 5pm, Saturday 7th March and 8am until 5pm, Sunday 8th March

8am until 5pm, Saturday 14th March

8am until 5pm, Saturday 21st March and 8am until 5pm, Sunday 22nd March

8am until 5pm, Saturday 28th March and 8am until 5pm, Sunday 29th March

The bridge will remain open on Sunday, 15th March.

County Councillor Bryan Jones, cabinet member with responsibility for highways said: “The bridge is proposed to be closed to allow temporary strengthening works to be undertaken. The works are required to a number of structural elements to maintain the integrity of the structure”.

Diversion notices and plans will be available on Monmouthshire County Council’s website: http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/app/uploads/2015/02/roadworks-report-wkend_20_02_ext.pdf and have been widely advertised.  Roadside diversion signs will be in place while the work is carried out.

The traffic lights currently in place will remain after the work has been completed.

Further information may be found be contacting Stephen Baldwin 01633 644713 or stevebaldwin@monmouthshire.gov.uk.