ROLL OUT OF UP TO £600 MILLION NATIONAL LOTTERY FUNDING TO TACKLE CORONAVIRUS IMPACT
Please see below an update from the National Lottery. Grants now available to support organisations working with people affected by Covid-19 and projects impacted by the pandemic.
People & Places and Awards for All are inviting bids - Covid 19 bids will be prioritised. Projects can last for up to twelve months. Turnaround time is six weeks (but they are working to shorten this timeframe further.)
Other funding bids will be accepted as usual, with extensions possible to deadlines on Stage Two People and Places applications. Please contact them to discuss any new applications or queries regarding your existing funding.
Welsh Government Review of regulations and new guidance 24th Aprl 2020
The Welsh Government has announced changes to the Covid regulations, as well as publishing new guidance – this follows the first statutory 3-week review of the emergency regulations. Links to the revised rules:-
As part of these changes, guidance on exercise has been published which provides greater clarity over type and duration of acceptable forms of exercise, and gives further advice on the use of travelling by vehicle for exercising. The guidance also acknowledges that people with specific health conditions or disabilities may benefit from outdoor exercise more than once a day, and lifts the restrictions in these circumstances:-
Also First Minister Mark Drakeford has published a framework and seven key questions to help lead Wales out of the coronavirus pandemic.
The framework will help to determine when the strict stay-at-home restrictions can begin to be relaxed in Wales and will help to find a way for people in Wales to live and work alongside coronavirus. It includes the development of a Wales-wide programme of surveillance, case identification, and contact tracing and highlights the importance of community testing to contain emerging coronavirus infections as and when restrictions are eased. The framework is based on three pillars:-
1. The measures and evidence by which the current infection level and transmission rates for coronavirus in Wales will be judged.
2. The principles by which proposed measures to ease the current restrictions will be evaluated, grounded in both scientific evidence and wider social and economic impacts.
3. How surveillance and response system will be enhanced to enable close tracking of the virus as restrictions are eased.
The Welsh Government has worked closely with the rest of the UK throughout the pandemic and has shared the development of the framework with the Scottish, Northern Irish and the UK governments.
Centralised list of closures
Specific guidance on the Coronavirus Regulations in relation to rights of way and access land, along with a centralised list of links to individual Authority closures is now available on the Welsh Government website via the following links:-
Police Guidance on exercise
Following queries from stakeholders regarding the recent England-only publication from the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) and the subsequent BBC news article that suggested it may be acceptable to drive farther afield for exercise, Welsh Government can confirm that the four police forces in Wales are not adopting this guidance.
VE Day Celebrations while in Lockdown
As you will be aware all arrangements for outdoor celebrations have been cancelled this is the programme of televised and online activities for Friday 8th May.
· There will be a national moment of Remembrance at 11am with a 2minute silence.
· There will be a replica broadcast of Churchill’s VE Day speech at 3pm and of King George VI’s VE Day speech in the evening.
· In the evening of May 8th there will be a 1hour programme telling the VE Day story.
All the above will be shown on BBC television
A telephone befriending service is available to older people in Monmouthshire who are feeling lonely or isolated during this time. The Volunteering for Wellbeing project has volunteers who are DBS cleared, trained and keen to provide regular encouraging and friendly phone calls to people to lift their spirits and reconnect them to their community. If you know someone who would benefit from this service please contact Community Connections Befriending Scheme with their details, and they will look to link people together. Their contact details are:
Telephone: 01600 887568
Eligible businesses need to register NOW for business grants
The council is aware that many businesses are not making the most of the support that is there for them.
If you occupy business premises in Monmouthshire with a rateable value of £12,000 or less, or you are a retail, leisure or hospitality business with a rateable value of £12,001 to £51,000 you should be registering for a business grant NOW. A number of those who have successfully registered are already in receipt of the funds. Unless you fill in the online form, you will not receive the help you could be eligible for.
If you come under the Small Business Rates Relief, and you currently don’t pay business rates, you are still eligible to register for the grants.
The grants of £10,000 and £25,000 (which will not need to be paid back) will be administered by Monmouthshire County Council and registrations will be processed as soon as possible, subject to checking.
Welsh Government business grants are available in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is estimated that up to 2,000 potentially eligible firms in Monmouthshire are yet to fill in the online registration form.
These grants will not automatically be paid to you. We need your details, so register online.
Your first step to check eligibility by visiting https://businesswales.gov.wales/covid-19-grants and then register at https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/business-advice/
The Welsh Government also has announced further financial support for businesses not covered by these grants. For more details and other available support https://businesswales.gov.wales/financial-support-and-grants
If you have a business or know of a business that could be eligible, please act now.
Recycling Bags Outlets
Mon CC has updated the list of recycling bag outlets as some big supermarkets and local shops have helped out by stocking bags while our hubs are closed.
The list is on the website here: https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/recycling-bag-outlets/
This is changeable and we are doing our best to meet deliveries with reduced manpower.
Stocks cannot be guaranteed and we ask residents to collect bags only when they are shopping for essentials. Be considerate and only take one roll.
Recycling & Waste collections
Recycling and waste update 26/3/2020
There are currently no changes to waste collections, they will take place as normal.
We ask everyone to continue to use their kerbside waste collections as normal. Please recycle all that you can and use your two black bags for any non-recyclable waste. We will not be taking any additional black bags at the kerbside, as we do not have the capacity on the collection rounds.
All Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed until further notice – More information
New registrations for the garden waste service are now suspended – More information
The Community Hubs are now closed.
Our other bag outlets across the County will continue to be stocked with bags dependent on their own circumstances.
The Bulky Waste collection service run by Homemakers Recycling has stopped until further notice.
The Reuse Shop in Llanfoist will be closed until further notice.
Important information for waste collections
PLEASE DO NOT PUT TISSUES, KITCHEN ROLL, TOILET PAPER OR WIPES IN YOUR RED RECYCLING BAGS. THEY MUST GO IN YOUR BLACK BAGS. IF SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19 ANY PERSONAL WASTE SHOULD BE DOUBLE BAGGED AND PUT ASIDE FOR 72 HOURS BEFORE BEING PUT OUT IN YOUR BLACK BAGS FOR COLLECTION.
To find out your collection day please follow the link
Services in Usk
Published: 23 March 2020
As you can appreciate the situation with these businesses is very fluid and could change at a moments’ notice. So please if you can, give as much notice as possible if ordering anything from them.
NOTE: There are no establishments offering meals to eat in on the premises.
Raglan Dairy - email Raglandairy@gmail.com or call/text 07540 658152 Regular Delivery of Fresh Milk Cream, Eggs, Butter, Yoghurts, Soft Drinks etc, most of which is in plastic free and reusable packaging and sourced as locally as possible. Delivery day is Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday for Usk, Llangybi, Llanbadoc, Gwehelog, Trostrey, Llandenny Walks, Goytre, Nantyderry
N D Lewis & Son Butchers I have decided to set up a delivery service for those customers who want to stay at home. Just give the shop a ring on 01291 672954 and I will get whatever you want sorted and delivered. Normal hours
Usk Traditional Fish & Chips If you need to order your daily meal/s via telephone please call us on 01291 672765. We will deliver free of charge if you’re in the local area. Cash only for 2 weeks and then card payment will be available. Cheers Steve and Keith.
CO-OP – 01291 673083 Still normal hours. Happy to receive telephone orders but someone would need to collect it. They don’t have a delivery service.
One Stop, Usk. Tel: 01291 672511. Opening hours currently 06:00 – 22:00 hrs. No telephone orders
The Kings Head Pub – CLOSED
The Nags Head Inn – CLOSED
Sprokwobbles – CLOSED
The Greyhound Inn - Llantrisant- CLOSED
White Hart Llangybi – CLOSED
The New Court Hotel Tel: 01291 671 319 Closed, but their letting rooms will be available and empty from Monday 23rd March (after thorough antibac) if anyone or a family member needs a room for self-isolating or you need to make space at home for this reason, or you have family members isolating and you just need some space yourself (all symptom free) please let us know. Our rooms will be available free of charge for the needs of our local community.
57 Bridge Street Usk – Status unknown at time of update. To confirm any offerings please call 01291 673734 or message us them social media.
Cross Keys Pub – Tel: 01291 672535 Take away meals available from the main menu daily between 12:00 – 20:00 hrs. and also free delivery in Usk. Draught Lagers, beers, ciders also available but you must bring your own container for the alcohol. Can also be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Castle Inn Usk - Tel 01291 673037 Offering a take away Senior Citizens Lunch Menu (Anybody can order from this) every day between 12:00 – 15:00 hrs and take away evening meals are available if booked by 12:00 hrs on that day. Take away and free delivery in Usk
The Hall Inn Gwehelog - Tel 01291 672381 Take away meals available but please call for availability.
The Olway Inn – Tel 01291 672047 Take Out meals available and free delivery in Usk (3 mile radius) if required. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday – Saturday: 18:00 – 20:30 hrs, Sunday 12:00 – 15:00.
Morris's of Usk Garden Centre and Nurseries - 01291 673603 Normal shopping hours and also delivery of fresh fruit/veg, freshly baked bread and cakes, ready meals, meat, pet supplies and gardening supplies to those who are unable to visit. (Free of charge for orders over £40.) A £5 charge will apply to orders under £40. Take away meals also available for collection 7 days a week 10:00 – 15:00 hrs.
Number Forty Nine – Tel: 01291 761151.Still open for, interiors, gifts and dress agency etc. Offering a take away meal (hatch opposite CO-OP entrance) service either for collection or free delivery in Usk only. Call for availability
The Three Salmons Hotel – Tel: 01291 672133. Offering a range of essentials such as milk, meat, fruit and veg and alcohol for collection only and must be ordered the day before. No meals to take away
Mad Platter – Tel 01291 760630 You can order pizza, platters, cocktails and G&T’s to take away from the Mad Platter. Also free delivery available within 3 miles of Usk. Wednesday to Sunday 18:00 – 22:00 hrs
The Grange Usk – Tel Craig on 07512033175 Take away and delivery service (up to 4 miles from Usk) available from their main food menu. Prior booking probably required. Availability Wednesday to Saturday 12:00 - 15:00 hrs and 18:00 – 21:00 hrs
The Glen-Yr-Afon – Tel 01291 672302. Currently nothing is being offered, but this may change. Call for availability.
Usk Pharmacy – prescription delivery. Tel: 01291 672040. The pharmacy has a delivery service every Wednesday and Friday 12.30 to 4.30 pm. There is a £2 charge for Usk deliveries and a £5 charge for surrounding areas. If you don’t have a local volunteer to collect your prescriptions then this offer is a great back up. Ring the Pharmacy direct the day before the delivery date, to arrange. There are also people in Usk who will also be able to collect and drop off your prescription. Call 07872144938 for more details.
BREAD: Starting next week for a trial period anybody in Usk who is struggling to buy or get bread, please let me know on 07542117898. I can source fresh bread (Braces Bakery). It is available as standard white or brown sliced. The cost is £1.00 per loaf and must be paid for in advance sorry. Any requirements must be made by 12:00 hrs on a Friday for Monday delivery, or 12:00 hrs on a Wednesday for Thursday delivery. A collection point and delivery option is yet to be confirmed. If I am unable to answer the call, please leave me a message and contact number.
Advice for Allotment Holders
For advice on your allotment during the Coronavirus click here
Post Office and Community Hub CLOSED due to Coronavirus Crisis
Message from Mon CC
"We were committed to keep our service as open and as accessible as possible to maintain face-to-face access to public services. However, it has proven difficult to ensure social distancing and maintain appropriate staffing levels to provide a safe service in the current climate. We have therefore taken the tough decision to close hubs with immediate effect. We are redeploying staff from these services to increase the capacity of our telephone lines."