Monmouthshire County Council’s biggest challenge yet
Councillors and staff from Monmouthshire County Council are to engage with residents, businesses and organisations over shrinking public service budgets and increasing funding challenges for next year’s services.
The council will be visiting groups and talking to communities at a number of venues in the county’s towns and villages to share ideas and receive community feedback, with public meetings planned for November. The sessions will inform the community of the serious challenges facing the council and inform them how it plans to work with the public as well as town and community councils to try and maintain services.
The public meetings will outline the effect of budget cuts and allow discussions on the council’s 2016/17 budget with councillors and staff. The council is inviting involvement from all members of the community to discuss the ideas that have been formulated. Meetings will take place in each of the county’s towns as follows:
Monday 16th November; County Hall, Usk, 6.30 – 8pm (this session will be live streamed on YouTube so residents can watch the session live or replay the meeting to watch later)
Tuesday 17th November; Shire Hall, Monmouth 6.30– 8pm
Thursday 19th November; Grey Hill Hall, Caldicot School 6.30 – 8pm
Monday 23rd November; King Henry VIII School, Abergavenny 6.30– 8pm
Wednesday 25th November; The Dell Primary School, Chepstow 6.30 – 8pm
The council has also made plans for residents to engage in informal chat with officers about the budget before the public meetings. The following sessions have been planned:
Tuesday 10th November; Caldicot Town Centre 10am – 12noon
Wednesday 11th November; Abergavenny Town Centre 10am – 12noon
Thursday 12th November; Chepstow Town Centre 10am – 12noon
Friday 13th November; Monmouth Town Centre 10am – 12noon
Live Twitter question and answer sessions will be held on 11th, 18th and 24th November from 6 to 8pm so that anyone unable to attend meetings may provide feedback or post a question online.
The council will also meet with local groups in the county’s leisure centres. All the ideas formulated are available on the council’s website: http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/monmouthshire-engages-budget-201617 and comments are welcomed on the council’s social media channels: Twitter@MonmouthshireCC and the council’s Facebook page