Welcome to Usk Town Council

The small picturesque town of Usk is located in the heart of the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside in South Wales. It sits on one of the finest salmon fishing rivers in the country, the River Usk, conveniently situated only 10 miles from the M4 yet feeling a whole world away.

The streets of Usk are steeped in history with many charming old buildings, a wonderful Norman castle, a rural life museum, intact Victorian court room at the Usk Sessions House, beautiful churches and a Town Trail which includes 28 sites of historic interest, each with a Blue Plaque.

Renowned for its floral displays and richly deserving of the title 'Town of Flowers', Usk is a regular winner of Wales in Bloom and hosts a colourful Open Gardens weekend in June with over 20 local gardens open to the public. The annual Usk Agricultural show is held every September on the outskirts of the town.

Usk is very popular with walkers and cyclists and in 2017 a brand new children's play area has been opened which is proving to be popular with young families.

Usk's charm also lies in the range of its small independent shops, tearooms and pubs and there is plenty of accommodation in or near the town for those wishing to linger in this delightful place. 

You can find out more about our beautiful Town on this website.

We'd love to see you in Usk - be sure to pay us a visit soon.

Town Councillor Vacancy

COUNCILLOR VACANCY

 There are currently two Town Councillor vacancies within Usk Town Council.

 Expressions of interest/application are therefore welcomed from prospective candidate who may be co-opted onto Usk Town Council.

Councillors are elected to represent their community in the running of their local council. Councillors help determine how local services are provided, funded and prioritised to make a positive difference.

Usk Town Council is keen to attract a wide range of members so that all parts of the community are represented.

 For eligibility criteria please see opposite 

 If you have any queries please contact

 Mrs Tracey Huxley

Clerk to the Council

 Applications should be submitted by 12 midday on

 8th June 2018 

 to clerk.usk@btconnect.com

 For more information on what the work of a Councillor involves please read

THE GOOD COUNCILLORS GUIDE 

  

 

 

 

COUNCILLOR CRITERIA FOR CO-OPTION

To be eligible you must be a British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen and on the day of co-option be 18 or over. In addition, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

 1. On the day of co-option and thereafter you continue to be on the electoral register for the community, or

2. During the whole of twelve months before that day you have owned or tenanted land or premises in the community, or

3. During the whole of twelve months before that day your principal or only place of work has been in the community, or

4. During the whole of twelve months before that day you have resided in the community or within three miles of it.

5. Except for qualification (1), these qualifications then continue for the full term of office, until the next ordinary elections.

 Please note that you cannot be a candidate if:

  • You are subject of a bankruptcy restriction or interim order.
  • You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the past five years.
  • You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations).

 

Latest News

Usk Shopping Spree Event helps Usk Traders during Gas Pipes Replacement Works

Published: 17 May 18

Winners of the Usk Shopping Spree prize draw announced. As the gas pipes works nears completion in the town, to further assist local businesses with trade affected by the works, Usk Town Council teamed up with Wales and West Utilities to provide an added shopping incentive scheme for Usk, encouraging residents and visitors to shop in the town for two weeks during May. For every purchase of £10 and over, shoppers received entry into a prize draw to win shopping vouchers to spend in participating Usk Outlets. Read More...

Usk Shopping Spree Event proves v popular

Published: 13 May 18

The 11 winners will receive shopping vouchers ranging in value from £100 - £25 to spend in participating outlets in Usk. Well done everyone for supporting Usk businesses by shopping local to enter. Read More...

Usk Gas Pipes Replacement Final Phase

Published: 10 May 18

The final phase of the Gas Pipes Work is scheduled to commence on 21/05/18 with the closure of Mill Lane for two weeks, from it's junction with Maryport Street to the Athletic Club entrance. Read More...

Usk Stars in Blooming Marvellous Series on BBC2


It was great to see Usk feature in the first of the brand new BBC series 'Blooming Marvellous' screened on BBC2 on 16th April.

Usk has earned the reputation and title of Town of Flowers. winning a much coveted Gold Award in the annual, RHS Britain in Bloom contest no less than 36 times since 1981.

Well done everyone who took part in the programme you were all stars! The episode of Blooming Marvellous showed the year round planning and hard work by the Usk community and particularly the Usk in Bloom volunteers, to create Usk's fantastic floral displays every summer.

The programme showed what a beautiful place Usk is to visit and if you haven't done so already why not plan in a trip for this year. Usk is beautiful any time of the year but the best time to see the floral displays is June to September. On the last weekend of June we have the Usk Open Gardens event, when, in addition to the floral displays around the town you can visit over 20 private gardens open for charity.

There is no shortage of great accommodation in and around Usk and plenty of other things to see and do in addition to the flowers. For a list of these and links to accommodation go to our Visit Usk section on this website.

To watch the Blooming Marvellous episode featuring Usk on BBC iplayer click the programme panel opposite.

To find out more about the work of Usk in Bloom click here.

To find out more about Usk Open Gardens click here.
 

 

The Usk Bike Off returns for 2018

 

  Click here to download your Bike Off Competition Entry Form now!

 Competition Closing Date Friday 1st June

Entry forms to be submitted to The Usk Community Hub or The Usk Sessions House by the closing date  

 

Usk Community Festival incorporating The Big Usk Busk and Picnic in The Park

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 MORE INFORMATION ON THE BIG USK BUSK
Following the success of busking festivals held in Coleford, Monmouth and Ross on Wye, this summer Usk gets its very own busking event as part of the Usk Communiity Festival Weekend. 

The Big Usk Busk on Saturday 21st July is a FREE, fun acoustic music event with designated busking zones around the town, inc beer gardens, pubs and cafes and a busking competition on the music stage on the field. The top 3 Acts picked win a place to play on stage at Usk Community Picnic on Sunday 22nd July. A list of venues participating will be available on the day - any venues wishing to participate who have not yet signed up please message Usk Town Council.

DETAIL FOR MUSICIANS

PLEASE NOTE UNAMPLIFIED ACTS ONLY
(a PA is provided for the stage performances for the busking competition)
IN THE TRUE SPIRIT OF BUSKING MUSICIANS BOOK IN ON THE DAY ONLY 
Report to the stage on the Owain Glyndwr Field by 9.30 am to receive your busking venues and stage slot.​

The Monmouthshire County Council Busking Code of Conduct will apply to this event. Read Busking Code of Conduct.   

 

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