Repair of Potholes

MCC Operations will be carrying out emergency potholing works along the A472, from Usk Town to the A449, under “Stop and Go” traffic management.Works are to take place tomorrow, Friday, 17th February, from approximately 9:30 to 13:30 hours.Any issues, you may approach Monmouthshire’s Contact Centre on 01633 644644.

Informal council event to offer advice on provision for children with disabilities

Monmouthshire County Council will hold an informal community event on Wednesday 15th February in Usk’s Memorial Hall to provide information on its provision for children with disabilities. Residents are invited to drop in any time between 10am and 2pm. There will be no need to book an appointment.

Staff from a range of the council’s services and health professionals will be present to answer questions and share information. While individual appointments will not be available on the day, opportunities will exist to arrange meetings if required.

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for social care, safeguarding & health, Councillor Geoff Burrows said: “We extend a warm welcome to anyone who wishes to find out more about what is on offer to children with disabilities as well as their parents and carers. This will be an informal event designed to allow people to chat with the relevant staff on subjects like benefits advice, disability sports, short break opportunities, foster care and much more.”

For further information, contact Monmouthshire’s Children with Disabilities team on 01291 635721. Light refreshments will be available.






Temporary Overnight Road Closure of Usk  Bridge in February 2017

The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be in operation from 19:00 to 05:00 only commencing on Wednesday the 8th of February for a period of up to 5 nights (on the 8th,9th,10th,13th and 14th of February). 

operation from 19:00 to 05:00 only commencing on Wednesday the 8th of February for a period of up to 5 nights (on the 8th,9th,10th,13th and 14th of February). Click here for further details


 Blood Donors Needed


Monmouthshire County Council invites residents to discuss its 17/18 Budget

Monmouthshire County Council would like to invite residents, businesses, organisations and other stakeholders to talk about the 2017/18 budget on Thursday January 5th at County Hall, Usk.

The first session is taking place at 3.30pm – 5.00pm with the second taking place 5.30- 7.30pm at County Hall, Usk. The session will provide residents, businesses, organisations and other stakeholders with an opportunity to hear from Cllr Phil Murphy, Cabinet Member for Resources and Chief Executive, Paul Matthews about the ideas the authority proposes, together with the investments that are coming into the county in 2017/18.

The full draft budget proposals are available on the Monmouthshire County Council website:

The draft budget proposals include:

  • A significant growth in social care budgets, both in terms of adult social care and children’s services
  • School spending prioritised and maintained at 2016/17 cash levels
  • Continued commitment to meet the Living Wage set by the Living Wage Foundation, ensuring that staff receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work
  • A continuance of the work to determine a strong future for leisure and cultural services rather than close facilities that communities hold so dear
  • No increases in car parking charges
  • All local services being maintained

2017/18 will also see major investment in the county’s infrastructure:

  • Caldicot School will be open and the Link project will be complete
  • Monmouth School will be largely built
  • The council will move to its next phase of renewal of its school estate.
  • A commitment to be on-site with a major refurbishment and upgrade of Monmouth Leisure Centre including a new pool
  • Morrisons in Abergavenny will be built and open
  • To complete our community hub programme through a commitment to build our final one in Abergavenny.
  • We will invest £2.24m in highway resurfacing and renewal, and other improvements to the road and highways infrastructure
  • In response to increased demands we will commit to increase the amount we spend on disabled adaptations to people's homes to ensure people can live safely and independently

This money will be spent locally and will see a further boost to the number of construction apprenticeships that can be offered.

All of the proposals have been delivered through a major internal efficiency drive, a review of corporate financing and an indicative proposed council tax increase of 3.95%. The draft proposals see the council still needing to find £243,000 and work is continuing to bring forward further options for cabinet to consider.

Councillor Phil Murphy, Cabinet Member for Resources said: “This is an opportunity for the public to find out what is happening in the coming year. I am proud of what we have achieved in extremely difficult times. Our budget approach has helped to keep the county on the up. Some difficult choices have had to be made and you may not have agreed with all of them but we have kept to our promises and we have delivered again”.




Council requests residents observe times for waste collection

1st August 2016


Monmouthshire County Council has appealed to residents to avoid placing waste and recycling for collection earlier than necessary.  This follows a number of complaints received from people across the county as bags left on the kerbside for a prolonged period are susceptible to attack by rats, seagulls, foxes and other nuisances with a consequent increase in litter.

This has been a particular problem during the recent spell of warm weather and is the source of most waste-related complaints.  The council recommends that waste and recycling is placed on the kerbside by 7am on the morning of collection but officers acknowledge that this is not always convenient.  As a result they ask residents to place bags for collection no earlier than the evening before.

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for waste and recycling, Councillor Bryan Jones said: “We’re generally very happy with the way in which residents have embraced the disposal of household waste and the vast majority place it for collection so it doesn’t linger longer than required.  We’d now like to see everyone following the same pattern.”

Sue Parkinson, Waste Education Officer added: “A useful feature of the council’s website is the My Monmouthshire page where local residents can register to receive a reminder of when their waste or recycling will be collected next.”  Log on to:

For further information on waste and recycling visit:



Usk Church Youth Group  Meeting Wednesday 8th June 2016 Click Here for details

Community Food Growing in Monmouthshire with an Incredible Edible focus.



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 click here for a list Spring 2016 Courses


Monmouthshire County Council, Newport County Council and The Digital Volunteers CIC are planning on delivering Basic and Advanced Digital Skills in weekly computer clubs for Monmouthshire and Newport residents. The clubs will be free and in those village halls which have wifi connectivity. 

The clubs will follow a national Basic Skills framework developed by Go ON UK  and cover the following skills:

  • managing digital information
  • communicating over the internet
  • buying and selling goods online
  • increasing independence and confidence by finding digital solutions
  • creating digital content
  • e-safety
  • advanced skills e.g. creating websites, games, animation, coding
We are currently approaching groups including Community Councils in order to conduct a viability study as we must demonstrate a need for digital skills clubs in the community.
Please could you circulate this email to people in the Usk and Raglan areas and the link to the survey which is posted on the MCC website on the libraries page? Also I would much appreciate it if you could post this news on your website. 
If you would like to have hard copies of the survey so that people who aren't online can complete the survey, please don't hesitate in contacting me, and I will post some out to you.



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Click on the posters to download a copy 

Bus Services 

There are no proposals to cut the no. 60 bus route through Usk as has been rumoured. The only possible changes are to the College bus services. All other routes and timetables remain the same.

Support for 20m.p.h. speed limit

Usk Town Council have had discussions with MCC, and representatives of the other Monmouthshire towns, with a view to introducing a 20m.p..h. speed limit throughout the County Towns. Usk Town Council support the suggestion. A trial project is currently being tried in Chepstow and further discussions will take place when the results have been compiled.



Town Council honour Community Heroes 

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Town Council will fight any M.C.C. proposals for charges

Usk Town Council have declared that they will fight any attempt to introduce charges in the town car parks by Monmouthshire County Council. In a letter from the Mayor, Cllr. Alec Leathwood, written on behalf of Councillors their objections were clearly outlined.
To view the letter in full please click on to Council/current issues.