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A466 TINTERN TO BIGSWEIR POSTPONED

Monmouthshire County Council

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Closure from 31st March to 6th April 2020 between 9:30am and 3:30pm

The A466 is a high priority route in our highways hierarchy and as such we attempt to maintain it at the highest affordable level consistent with our objective and statutory obligation to maintain the highway network in a safe and serviceable condition. IN addition, much of the A466 has a national speed limit of 60mph and therefore a combination of factors would set the risk and consequence of accidents on this road to be HIGH.

Clearly, the likelihood of accidents is much higher where the road surface is uneven and potholed.

There are currently three sections of the A466 which are in moderate / urgent need of resurfacing ;

The stretch just south of Bigsweir.

The stretch in the vicinity of Brockweir

The stretch in the vicinity of Tintern Station

AS you know we have had difficulty finding a programme space for works on the A466 as a result of the protracted structural problems south of Tintern, however , now the first phase of these works is coming to a conclusion we will be looking to resurface Brockweir and Tintern station in the period February to March 2020. Unfortunately because of the narrow width of the road on both these sections the works will have to be carried out under a road closure.

For resurfacing works of this nature the road is required to be closed between 9:15am and 3:30pm and is reopened for the remaining part of the day. I would estimate each site would take approx.. 5 working days.

The section at Brockweir is planned for 2020/21 .

I know everybody is fed up of the protracted inconvenience being suffered by residents, businesses and motorists but by carrying out the works in Feb/ March the disruption will be at its lowest level.

I hope this gives some reassurance that we are doing our best to provide the essential highway maintenance service in a logical and planned manner.

This notice will expire on 06/04/2020


A466 CLOSURE THIS YEAR

TCC Chairman and 2 Councillors attended a meeting on Wednesday with representatives of MCC and St Arvans CC to discuss the closure of A466 for works to be undertaken at the cliff fall where there are traffic lights currently.
The planned closure is to start the first week in June and should take a maximum of 4 weeks. It will be a total road closure in the interests of public safety. Further information will be circulated as soon as it is made available to TCC.

This notice will expire on 01/06/2020


HELP FOR THOSE SELF ISOLATING

A team of volunteers has banded together to provide assistance to anyone in the village or nearby who is self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak.

Several local businesses have offered help to support people in the village who are self-isolating.

Details can be found on the village hall Facebook page and around the village.

An image to download and keep for telephone contacts, etc. is available here (opens in a new tab or window.

This notice will expire on 18/04/2020


CANCELLATION OF MEETINGS

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak all meetings of Tintern Community Council are cancelled until further notice.

If members of the public have issues that they wish to raise could they please send these to the Clerk via email (email address:- clerk@tinterncc.co.uk)
We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause members of the public, but this is a decision we have been advised to adopt.
Please be assured Tintern Community Council will continue to conduct council business and progress matters as appropriate.
Regular updates will be posted on both the Council's Website and the Village Website.
Thank you for your co-operation and thanks go out to any residents and businesses who are helping with the Community Volunteers Help Group.

This notice will expire on 30/04/2020


Monmouthshire County Council shares plans to support small businesses

24th March 2020

As the country takes steps to contain coronavirus virus with people staying at home and many small businesses closing with immediate effect, plans have been developed to help these enterprises continue to trade once the pandemic is over.

Monmouthshire County Council will be administering Welsh Government Business grants. However, only business rate payers are currently eligible - for details see https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice. To apply visit: https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/business-advice/

The Welsh Government will advise on further financial support for those businesses not covered by these grants and updates will be shared on Monmouthshire County Council's website when they are available - the council advises it'll be worth bookmarking the site for future reference.

Key messages:

In order to pay the grant the council needs to know the contact details, bank details and other relevant details of the county's businesses. A council spokesperson said: "To help us help you, please complete the business registration form as a matter of urgency. As soon as grants become available we will be able to pay you directly."

A quick overview of the current grants available follows:

A grant of £25,000 will be available to retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000.

A grant of £10,000 will be available to all businesses eligible for Small Business Rates Relief with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.

A separate scheme and funding will be announced next week for those businesses which are home based, etc. Again the council will update its website with the information as soon as it is available.

In addition, retail, leisure and hospitality businesses receive 100% business rates relief for the financial year 2020/21. These will have already received their 2020/21 rates bill for this year as the government's announcement was made after the bills had been produced. The spokesperson added: "Don't worry, the relief will be applied by the council and your account will be credited automatically. A new rates bill will be sent to you shortly."

Support will also be available to enable businesses to pay 80% of their employees' salaries based on their February payslips - further details will follow.

A new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has been announced which is designed to assist qualifying businesses during these unprecedented times. The scheme is also available to support long-term viable businesses which may need to respond to cash-flow pressures by seeking additional finance. The loan will be provided by the British Business Bank through participating providers during the Covid-19 outbreak. Search the Business Wales website for more information.

A new £500,000 fund is available for technology companies which provide digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus. Search 'Techforce19' challenge for more information - funding of up to £25,000 per company is available.

Business Wales is also offering webinars aimed at Welsh SMEs (small and medium enterprises) affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The 'Covid-19 and Your Business' series covers key topics in aid of every business owner and sole trader, who want to minimise the impact of the virus and improve the survivability of their ventures. To sign up visit the Business Wales website.

Councillor Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire's cabinet member for enterprise said: "We know that this is a very anxious time for everyone. I would like to thank Monmouthshire's small businesses for supporting the country by staying safe and staying home. There are various options available to help businesses cope with the challenges ahead. Please contact us, we are here to help." He added: "Don't forget, there are things we can all do to help our local businesses to stay open. Where you can, buy locally on line. Many of our cafes, pubs and restaurants are also offering take away and delivery services so why not take a break from the store cupboard and treat yourself and save a local business while doing so."

This notice will expire on 17/04/2020


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MCC LAUNCHES SPECIAL RECOVERY GROUP FOLLOWING FLOODING

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Monmouthshire County Council has launched a special task group to deal with the mass recovery operation following the unprecedented flooding experienced across the county.

Recovery Co-ordinating Group (RCG) 'Attis' has been set up in conjunction with neighbouring authorities in Gwent and agencies such as Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales.

The council and partners are working hard to assess the damage and impact on residents, businesses, infrastructure and the environment caused by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis - with over 100 residential properties and a number of businesses already being identified as impacted by the floods in Monmouthshire.

With the cost of the recovery operation expected to run into tens of millions, the task group has already begun seeking financial assistance from the Welsh Government.

The task group is expected to be operational for a number of months, and possibly longer given the scale of the task, until the disruption has been rectified, demands on services have returned to normal levels, and the needs of those affected have been met.

To help the group carry out their response, anyone affected by flooding in Monmouthshire is being asked to get in touch with the council. A simple form can be accessed via the 'My Monmouthshire' app or on the council's website. Staff across the county's Community Hubs are also on hand to help anyone with the form if they do not have access to a computer.

The council has been overwhelmed by the generosity of people offering support and donations. These offers have included donations of food, furniture and clothing, as well as offers of housing and transport. A number of people and businesses have also come forward to offer manpower to help with clean-ups and disposal of waste. Anyone who is able to offer support is also being encouraged to get in contact in order for all offers of help to be documented.

Council leader, Peter Fox said: "The impact on our beautiful county, residents and businesses from these extreme events has been devastating and the loss felt by those affected is going to be long-lasting. Through the establishment of RCG Attis we have already begun identifying what levels of support and advice are available to our residents and it will be these offers of support that start us on the long road to recovery. I could not think of a more appropriate name for this group than Attis - the Greek God of rebirth. In these unprecedented times, I'm extremely proud of our communities who have all rallied together to support their neighbours and offer everything from free sofas and food to getting stuck in with the clean-up of debris and waste. You have been remarkable. To those affected, I can reassure you we are working around the clock to get Monmouthshire back up and running."

This notice expired on 14/03/2020


Council begins major recovery operation following flooding

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Monmouthshire County Council has begun a major recovery operation in the wake of Storm Dennis and unprecedented flooding across the county.

The council is estimating 100+ residential properties have been affected by flooding. A significant number of businesses and public assets have also been affected.

Residents are being supported through the provision of temporary accommodation where necessary and guidance on flood relief support networks.

A number of services remain closed or affected while the clean-up begins, this includes a number of road closures and bus routes. Monmouth Leisure Centre has been badly flooded and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The Wye Bridge in Monmouth has been reopened, with access to the underpass reinstated.

While further rain is forecast, rivers are expected to rise but the council has been advised this will not be significant. The public are being asked to remain vigilant and mindful of dangers such as falling trees and debris.

Council officers have been out visiting communities in Skenfrith, Usk, Osbaston and other parts of Monmouthshire offering advice relating to hygiene, insurance claims and support services.

Welsh Water's contingency plans for water are fully operational and these are likely to remain in place for a number of days.

Anyone looking for support is being encouraged to contact a community-led relief group called Monmouthshire Residents Affected By Flooding, where they can receive support in the way of clothing, food and toys. The support group can be contacted via their Twitter page @Monflooding or by contacting lisa4@gmail.com.

Monmouthshire County Council, Leader Peter Fox said: "Understanding the true extent of the damage and loss to our county will take some time but our teams are working to ensure we support those residents and businesses that have been impacted. We met with the Welsh Government today and this gave us a chance to highlight the severity of situation in Monmouthshire. We had an opportunity to open up the dialogue on the appropriateness of flood defences in the county. We also had the chance to spend time with our emergency services thanking them for their time.

"We've been able to discuss some short term funding from the Welsh Government. Application and administration on how that would impact Monmouthshire is being worked on. My heart goes out to all who have been affected by these devastating floods and I just wanted to thank our partner agencies and the public for all your efforts over the last few days."

This notice expired on 23/02/2020


SEVERE FLOOD WARNING FOR RIVER WYE

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A Severe Flood Warning for the River Wye in Monmouth has been declared by Natural Resources Wales.

Water levels are predicted to reach 7.2m when the peak passes through Monmouth between 3am and 7am on Tuesday 18th of February.

Residents living in areas at immediate risk have been evacuated and other properties nearby have been provided with sandbags and necessary support.

A decision has been made to close the Wye Bridge in the centre of the town and pedestrians and motorists are being warned to keep away from the area.

Anyone affected by the bridge closure or flooding is being asked to use the rest centre that has been set up at the Shire Hall in the centre of Monmouth.

The council continues to work with partner agencies, including Natural Resources Wales and the emergency services, to assess the situation and ensure all the affected residents are informed and supported.

Monmouthshire County Council Leader, Peter Fox said; "As Natural Resources Wales declares a Severe Flood Warning, we are facing unprecedented times with levels expected to reach the highest on record for this area. The council and partner agencies face an extremely busy time over the next 24 hours while we deal with making sure those affected are safe. There will be disruption with the closure of Wye Bridge but I ask everyone to please be patient while the peak passes through the town. Teams will need to assess the area after the levels drop and it will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do. Please follow the advice of authorities and emergency services."

This notice expired on 20/02/2020


A466 HIGH BEECH TO M48 CLOSURE

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Essential resurfacing works are required to repair the carriageway across the mouth of the junction where the A466 meets the M48 J2 Newhouse Interchange. To facilitate the works we are required to close the A466 southbound carriageway between High Beech roundabout and Newhouse Interchange. Due to associated safety requirements, these works will be undertaken over night between 20:00hrs and 06:00hrs utilising a southbound total closure only, the northbound carriageway will be open at all times. During full closures, a signed diversion route will be in place to manage the flow of traffic and advance notification signs will be provided.

The works are programmed to commence on Friday 7th February 2020, please note no works will take place over the weekend and will recommence Monday 10th to Thursday 14th February. The works are expected to take 5 shifts to complete, however they are weather dependent so the programme could change if inclement weather is encountered.

This notice expired on 14/02/2020


TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS A466

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MCC OPERATIONS will be operating 'two-way' temporary traffic lights along A466, BETWEEN TINTERN STATION AND BROCKWEIR BRIDGE, due to drainage issues

Works are to commence Wednesday, 29/01/2020, and it's anticipated the works will last for 2 to 3 weeks.

This notice expired on 12/02/2020


MONMOUTHSHIRE CLIMATE EMERGENCY

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Climate emergency strategy. This strategy outlines the council's response to the climate emergency declared in May 2019.
Link to the published article on MCC web site

This notice expired on 31/01/2020


YOUR VOICE SURVEY

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Take this short survey to let Gwent Police know your concerns in the area and assist the Police and other partner agencies to help you. The survey will take about 5 minutes and can be accessed here

This notice expired on 25/01/2020