Monmouthshire County Council has made contingency plans to ensure essential services are available throughout the Christmas and New Year period. In addition, it has published opening times for its leisure centres, museums, community hubs, libraries, contact centre and household waste and recycling centres.
A number of council services will run throughout the Christmas and New Year period. The community meals team and caring staff will work each day including Christmas Day while a number of social workers will be on duty with others on call on a 24 hour basis.
The council’s gritting teams will be on standby throughout the Christmas and New Year period to work whenever roads need treatment. Highways staff will be assisted by colleagues from the council’s grounds and waste & recycling teams if required. Maintenance staff in the council’s Raglan Depot will also be available to ensure vehicles are fully operable while members of the Property Services team will be on call to safeguard buildings and infrastructure.
Arrangements have been made for the collection of waste and recycling over the holidays and these will be published on the council’s website - see www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste for details. No collections will take place on Christmas Day or Boxing Day so waste and recycling due to be picked up on Tuesday 25th December to Friday 28th December will be collected two days later than usual. No collection is scheduled for New Year’s Day either, so waste and recycling due to be picked up from 1st January to 4th January will be collected one day later.
The council’s household waste and recycling centres at Llanfoist, Five Lanes near Caerwent, Mitchel Troy and Usk will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. They will be open from 8am to 4pm on December 24th and from Thursday, December 27th to Monday, 31st December.
The council’s leisure centres will open from 6.30am to 3pm on Christmas Eve but will close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Thursday 27th December. They will open as usual on 28th, 29th and 30th December, with restricted hours - 6.30am to 3.00 pm – on New Year’s Eve. All centres will close on New Year’s Day but will open as usual on Wednesday 2nd January, except for Caldicot Leisure Centre. This will be closed to the public, on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd January for essential maintenance with its pool closed on Friday 4th January. Meanwhile, Chepstow Leisure Centre will close for maintenance on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th January.
Fitness classes at Abergavenny, Caldicot and Chepstow Leisure Centres will run until Sunday 23rd December before re-commencing on Wednesday 2nd January in Abergavenny, Monday 7th January in Caldicot and Tuesday 8th January in Chepstow. Monmouth Leisure Centre will continue its Les Mills Virtual Fitness Classes throughout the Christmas and New Year period while the centre is open. Further details are available at www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/things-to-do/monleisure
The county’s museums at Abergavenny, Chepstow and Monmouth will close on Christmas Eve until re-opening as usual on Friday 28th December, with a further closure on New Year’s Day.
The council will close Magor’s Innovation House, one of its main office buildings, in the period between Christmas and the New Year. This move, following consultation with employees, will save money for the council and its agile working policy means that staff present on Friday 28th December and Monday 31st December will be able to operate normally from one of the county’s community hubs, Caldicot Leisure Centre, Abergavenny Library or County Hall. They are also able to work from home if they wish. The Registrar Office adjacent to County Hall will open as normal on both days.
Residents looking to visit any of the council’s community hubs and libraries should note that they will open during their usual hours except for closure on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Thursday 27th December and New Year’s Day. In addition, all community hubs and libraries will close at 3pm on Christmas Eve. For details visit: http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/community-hubs-libraries
The council’s contact centre will close at 3pm on Christmas Eve until it re-opens as usual on Friday 28th December, with a further closure on New Year’s Day.
Leader of Monmouthshire County Council, Councillor Peter Fox said: “Most of us will enjoy a well-deserved break over Christmas and the New Year but we shouldn’t overlook those vital workers who carry on serving the community whether it’s ensuring the safety of the roads, caring for the vulnerable in our society or liaising in a crisis with the emergency services.”
For further details log onto www.monmouthshire.gov.uk - residents faced with an emergency over the Christmas and New Year period normally dealt with by the council should contact 0300 123 1055.