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Council urges residents to act quickly to register right to vote

Monmouthshire County Council

Monmouthshire’s residents have been urged to ensure they are registered and eligible to vote in the forthcoming general election.

To vote in the election on Thursday, 7th May names need to be on the electoral register by Monday, 20th April.

Registering is quick and simple.  Just visit: www.gov.uk./registertovote and complete the online registration process.  Alternatively, apply for the appropriate forms or check your name is on the register by contacting Monmouthshire County Council’s Election Office on 01633 644212 or email elections@monmouthshire.gov.uk

There are a number of reasons why it is important to be included on the electoral register.  Elections can be called at short notice and people who are not registered will be unable to vote.

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Council offers training for walk leaders

Monmouthshire County Council

Monmouthshire County Council is to offer three interesting training courses for people involved in leading walks or aiming to become walk leaders.

A hands-on workshop on explaining landscapeswill be held on Friday, 20th March from 10am to 3pm at Wyastone Business Park, Wyastone Leys, near Monmouth, NP25 3SR. This workshop will aid the development of interpretative walks with a geological and geomorphological theme and will include a short indoor session to introduce sources of inspiration and information. An exploration of the nearby Little Doward Hill will follow to discover its varied landscape, geology, views and history.

The following week – Friday, 27th March from 1.30 to 4pm – Whitebrook Village Hall near Monmouth, NP25 4TT will host a workshop employing the theme “Tell a story while you walk”. This will enable walk leaders to understand the value of storytelling and learn how to share the wonder of local historic landscapes. The workshop will cover a range of activities using senses, collecting ideas and clues about creating stories and capturing experiences of a shared walk. Community arts practitioner Roger Drury will lead the session. He said: “Our workshop will offer an accessible, thoughtful, original afternoon - and will include tea and cake.”

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Council offers great value water butt sale to aid sustainable gardening

Monmouthshire County Council

As spring approaches and people’s thoughts turn towards their gardens Monmouthshire County Council’s sustainability team is offering for sale competitively priced water butts. They can be bought from the council’s four leisure centres at Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow or Monmouth for an astonishing £25.

The water butts come complete with taps, lids, stands and connector kit to link the apparatus to the drainpipe. Made from 100% recycled materials they have a capacity of 190 litres. Sales are by cash or card payment only and supplies are limited so buyers are urged to act quickly.

County councillor Phil Hobson, cabinet member for community development said: “This sustainable deal is a great way for people to save resources while maintaining a green and pleasant garden. Rainwater is kinder to your plants and also it helps reduce your bills if your water is metered. Furthermore, rainwater collection saves the huge amount of energy and greenhouse gas emission expended when bringing water from a distant reservoir to your tap.”

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Monmouthshire celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight with range of events

Monmouthshire County Council

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight events in Monmouthshire mark a double celebration – the Fairtrade Mark was first introduced 20 years ago, and the county’s Fairtrade status has recently been renewed!

Monmouthshire’s active and enthusiastic Fairtrade Town groups have organised a host of events between 23rd February and 8th March, ranging from storytelling and cookery demonstrations to pancake parties. As well as being a lot of fun, all the events help to remind that buying products with the Fairtrade Mark guarantees a fair deal and better conditions for farmers and producers in developing countries.

Councillor Phil Hobson, cabinet member responsible for sustainability said: “The success of our application to renew our Fairtrade County status is a testament to the energy and hard work put in by our Fairtrade Town groups. round to help make people realise that what they put in their shopping baskets can really help to improve people’s lives”.

Monmouthshire County Council will also be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a Fairtrade sale for staff, and a Fairtrade quiz.

Events in Abergavenny, Chepstow, Usk and Monmouth are listed below with details of contacts for the Fairtrade Town organisations.

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Monmouthshire makes plans for Fairtrade Fortnight as status is renewed

Monmouthshire County Council

>Monmouthshire County Council is celebrating the news that its application for renewal of Fairtrade status has been approved. The announcement comes just as the county is to observe Fairtrade Fortnight from 23 February to 8 March.

The county has enjoyed Fairtrade status since 2008 and to achieve this accolade the council has to demonstrate it is using and making Fairtrade products available, as well as helping the four very active Fairtrade Town groups in Abergavenny, Chepstow, Monmouth and Usk to spread the word. The council must apply to renew its status every two years and much is involved in making Monmouthshire a Fairtrade County.

A special Fairtrade sale for staff and members at County Hall, Usk will take place during Fairtrade Fortnight as well as a quiz to help raise awareness of the difference that the Fairtrade mark makes. The Fairtrade mark guarantees a fair deal and better conditions for farmers and producers in developing countries.

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Hygiene and nappy waste to be collected on fortnightly basis

Monmouthshire County Council

Changes to refuse services in Monmouthshire take place this month from Monday 23rd February when hygiene and nappy waste will be collected fortnightly with household rubbish rather than weekly. The waste will be taken, along with general rubbish, to a modern energy from waste (EfW) plant which generates electricity.

These changes will result in annual savings of £100,000 which the council will use to protect other services.

There will be no restriction on the number of black and yellow striped bags that residents may leave for collection but they must be used only for hygiene and nappy waste. Black and yellow striped bags will continue to be provided by the council and residents should contact their local one stop shop when they require a new supply.Alternately, they may contact waste@monmouthshire.gov.uk or log onto http://mapsmonmouthshire.gov.uk/mymonmouthshire.aspx

Officers from the council’s recycling and waste unit will hold drop-in sessions during the week that changes take place to give advice and guidance. These will be held at:

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