Monmouthshire County Council

Election 2017 Results

CON GAIN FROM NOC
Party Seats 2012 Seats 2017 Change

PartyConservative

Seats 201219 Seats 201725 Change+6

PartyLabour

Seats 201211 Seats 201710 Change−1

PartyIndependent

Seats 201210 Seats 20175 Change−5

PartyLiberal Democrat

Seats 20123 Seats 20173 Change-
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Latest Updates

Summer term not extended for Monmouthshire children

Schools in Monmouthshire will not extend their summer term for pupils when they return to class after the coronavirus lockdown.

Children in the border county will only go back to school on 29 June to "check in" for the three weeks before the end of term on 17 July.

It comes after a disagreement between the Welsh Government and teaching unions on whether the term can be extended to allow more time for children to catch up.

Unions have raised concerns that extending the term to Monday 27 July causes major problems relating to staff contracts.

"Ministers and Trade Unions have not reached agreement on the school term extending into the summer holiday period," Monmouthshire council tweeted.

"Consequently schools in Wales will now open for 3 weeks rather than the 4 weeks we had all hoped and the school term will end on 17 July."

A classroom
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Outdoor centre to be used as homeless shelter

Local Democracy Reporting Service

An outdoor education centre will be used as emergency accommodation for homeless people in Monmouthshire after it was approved by the council’s cabinet – despite opposition from residents and councillors.

The centre in Gilwern, near Abergavenny, will be used as a temporary measure during the coronavirus crisis to house up to nine homeless people until August 21 while they seek a permanent home.

Monmouthshire council has found 56 accommodation units – such as bed and breakfasts or hotels – to support homeless people over the past eight weeks but is appealing to find more.

A council report said the centre’s rural location “is not ideal for homeless people” - but at a cabinet meeting, councillor Sara Jones said: "Last resort measures are now needed."

The outdoor education centre at Gilwern
Geograph / Andy Dolman

Rubbish tips in half of Welsh council areas to reopen

Queues at a tip
BBC
Rubbish tips in Wrexham were the first to reopen after lockdown

Rubbish tips in more than half of Wales' 22 local authorities will open today.

Recycling centres have already opened in Wrexham, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taff - but 12 more councils will be reopening their facilities today.

Centres in Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Flintshire, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Swansea and Torfaen will reopen on Tuesday.

Most require booking and are for "essential visits" only.

Here's our handy guide for more details on when your local tip opens.

Pre-booking open for Monmouthshire tips

Two of Monmouthshire's four recycling centres will reopen next Tuesday but the council has said people need to pre-book before visiting.

The tips at Llanfoist near Abergavenny and Five Lanes near Caerwent will reopen but for "essential trips only."

The facilities at Mitchel Troy near Monmouth and Usk remain shut.

To find out when your local tip is reopening, click on our handy guide.

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