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JohanKlos, Mon Oct 08 2012, 11:46AM

Monmouthshire County Council  Your representative on Monmouthshire County Council is Val Smith. She can be contacted by phone on 01495 785338 or by email

Monmouthshire County Council statement re Usk Island Usk Island is owned and managed by Monmouthshire County Council - operational management is split between Grounds Maintenance who deal with grass cutting, the play area and football pitch etc. and Countryside who specifically look after the car park area (with licensee for the catering van) and arrange twice weekly litter picking.  The litter bins on the Llanbadoc side of the river are also managed directly by Monmouthshire County Council waste and street services.

My Monmouthshire  On the MCC site is the 'My Monmouthshire' page at  www.maps.monmouthshire.gov.uk/myMonmouthshire.aspx  By inputting your address or postcode you can find out all sorts of information relating to facilities, maps, council activities in your locality.    

Glascoed Bronze Age Hoard A wonderful collection of Bronze Age axe heads were found at Glascoed and we presented them to Cardiff Museum in 2006. If you would like to see them please contact Adam Gwilt or Richard Brewer at the Dept of Archaeology and Numismatics, Cardiff Museum on 02920 573374, to arrange a viewing.
Public Access Defibrillators  Heart defibrillators available for emergency public use in the case of cardiac arrest are available in several locations in the Usk area, including The Three Salmons Hotel (24 hour access), Usk Primary School (school hours only), Usk Rugby Club, MCC Offices at The Radyr Usk and the Old dis-used phone box in Llandenny Village.
When a 999 call is made to the Welsh Ambulance Service to attend a cardiac arrest the service can tell you the location of the nearest defibrillator.  You can then use the defibrillator to try and resuscitate the patient whilst the ambulance service vehicle is making its way to the call.

Grass routes community transport    Article last updated: 
The Grass Routes transport scheme is a responsive flexible bus service that makes trips on request.  It operates low floor, fully accessible vehicles with volunteer drivers.  The scheme is operated on a membership basis and is open to all members of the community.  Details of scheme  To book a journey on the bus, members of the scheme need only call a free phone number that operates from 9am to 4.30pm.  Call 0800 085 8015 at least 24 hours in advance, to book your journey with the Grass Routes support team.  There are scheduled routes for each day between main towns, which are flexible depending on demand.  The bus operates between 9am and 4.30pm depending on route, Monday to Friday, serving all the main Monmouthshire towns and outlying areas.  The cost of membership is a one off payment of £5 per household of up to four members.  With effect from the 1st of July 2016, there is a new price structure of £3.00 for a single journey and £5.00 for a return journey made on the same day.  There is a 50% discount for under 16’s.  Concessionary passes are now accepted on all daily Grass Routes services. To become a member, complete an online application form. Forms are available at all One Stop Shops or phone 0800 085 8015.

There are council owned childrens' play areas at Glascoed Commons and Llanbadoc Island

Monkswood Cricket Club (homepage)
(just behind the Beaufort Arms Public House - map) provides cricket practice sessions for youngsters. 
These take place on Tuesdays at 5.30pm (under 11’s) and at 6.30pm (under 15’s); also on Wednesdays at 5.30pm (under 13’s). Everyone is welcome. 
Contact Glyn Watkins on 01633 400256, or email monkswoodcricket@hotmail.com for more details.

Glascoed Commons
Llanbadoc Community Council owns and manages 3 areas of woodland (commons) in Glascoed: Twyn y Cryn, Pantau Bushes and Jenny’s Bushes. These beautiful woodlands are open to the public and the Council has a rolling programme to improve footpath access so that they can be enjoyed more widely. The Council also owns and manages a common known as Lower Common which is used for leisure activities. All these commons were obtained from Lord Raglan – for a nominal price – several years ago.
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We revised and updated the leaflet guides for five of our most beautiful local circular walks. These guides can be downloaded from this web site if you click here. Your Council also aims to monitor the condition of footpaths in our ward so that they can be more effectively maintained. Several of your councillors are involved in walking footpaths on a periodic basis to check on necessary maintenance. We would also welcome additional volunteers from the local community who would be prepared to walk defined walks perhaps once every three months and report back on any problems with stiles, overgrown vegetation, etc. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help with this and contribute to caring for our footpaths, please in the first instance contact our clerk.
Gwent Now - Link to Gwent now: link
Gwent now is a free community messaging system for the Gwent area that allows you to register to receive the latest crime notifications and community news happening in your local neighbourhood.Gwent now allows you to decide when and how you are kept informed about the issues that matter to you. 
Choose your interests:Crime prevention, burglaries, gangs, vandalism, missing person appeals etc.
 Choose how to receive your alerts:Phone, email, text message or mobile app!
 By area(s):School, home, places of work, elderly relatives.
Red, Purple and Food waste bags can be found locally at the Community Hub in Maryport St, Usk, the Sessions House, Usk and the Co-op in Usk (normally in a brown box outside the entrance to the shop)
Yellow Hygiene Waste bags are available on request from Monmouthshire County Council.
Monmouthshire is also conducting a trial of glass recycling in some areas.  For those taking part in the trial Glass is placed in a green box instead of the the purple recycling bag.
The Brown Garden Waste collection is £18 per permit per year.  You can purchase as many permits as you like but you must have one permit per bag.  Permits are available 
Online (https://forms-Monmouthshire.gov.uk/greenwaste/v2 gwip.asp
By phone 01633 644705 (Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm Fri 9am-4.30pm.
In person from The Community Hub, Maryport St, Usk
Furniture and large household items. Homemakers Community Recycling collect large items such as furniture, beds and white goods on behalf of Monmouthshire County Council.  They aim to reuse and recycle as much of these as possible.  There is a charge of £12 for up to 3 items which increases for any additional items.  Please check their website (http://www.hmrecycling.co.uk/). 
To arrange a collection please contact Homemakers on 01873 857618.
There are four recycling centres in Monmouthshire 
Llanfoist, near Abergavenny and Five Lanes, Caerwent - they accept most items but Asbestos will require booking in.
Usk and Mitchel Troy accept more limited items and this list can be found on the Monmouthshire County Council Website.