USK TOWN COUNCILLOR VACANCY
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).
present and future celebrated at Town Pageant
The Usk community turned out in historical fancy dress style on Sunday to celebrate everything great about beautiful Usk. Usk Town Council hosted a free town pageant which was funded by a 'Celebrate' Big Lottery grant, to bring the Usk community together. Over 1,000 people came along to support and enjoy the family fun.
Tributes to Usk’s past were paid in a parade featuring local residents and children in fancy dress - from the stone age and Romans, through medieval, Victorian and war time. Usk’s present was all about spending time with friends and family having fun, learning circus skills, being creative in the craft area, listening to varied music, enjoying delicious food and having a good time. The future in Usk will be really exciting for this generation and the next with the opening of the new play park area which was also held on the day.
Mayor of Usk, Cllr Glenn Roderick from Usk Town Council said: “Today has been such a magical day in Usk, we are proud of our beautiful town and it’s great to see so many local people out enjoying a picnic, taking part and enjoying themselves. The parade was a great way for children to learn about Usk’s past. I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make today such a wonderful success. The new park is a great new feature for the town which children will love exploring this summer.”
‘Velothon Wales, a major cycling
sportive will be returning on Sunday 9th July and sees around
12,000 cyclists (as well as a pro cyclist race) take in 140km or 110km of South
East Wales www.velothon-wales.co.uk it’s going to be an amazing event!
We are looking for volunteers to help man the first of three feed stations around the course, located in MaryPort Street South Car Park. It will be a really busy but fun day helping to support all the cyclists and ensure they are fed, watered and able to complete this huge challenge.
Support is needed from 07.00 – 13.00 and you will be well looked after with a Volunteer T-shirt, food, drinks, breaks and support from our Feed station Manager. As the feed station closes down this will be the ideal time and location to see the pro race go past and compete to win the event. It’s a great opportunity to be a part of and experience the atmosphere the UKs largest closed road cycling sportive.
If you are interested in supporting the event please register to volunteer here - http://www.velothon.com/events/velothon-wales/volunteer.aspx#axzz4hLq6VAtY or contact Naomi Warner on email@example.com 02921 660790 ‘
BIG SATURDAY BREAKFAST
Saturday 13th May 8am-11am at Usk Memorial Hall. Free of charge click here for further details
Repair of Potholes
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
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
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: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/my-monmouthshire
For further information on waste and
recycling visit: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste
Usk Church Youth Group Meeting Wednesday 8th June 2016 Click Here for details
Food Growing in Monmouthshire with an Incredible Edible focus.
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MONMOUTHSHIRE COMMUNITY LEARNING
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
The clubs will follow a national Basic Skills
framework developed by Go ON
and cover the following skills:
- managing digital information
- communicating over the internet
- buying and selling goods online
- increasing independence and confidence by finding
- creating digital content
- advanced skills e.g. creating websites, games,
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.
For further information on course please click here
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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.