Proposals will see present community council disappear

A surprise document has emerged from Monmouthshire County Council advising of suggested boundary changes within the present structure of community councils across Monmouthshire.
If the recommendations in the document released by the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission are accepted by the Welsh Government, this would be the most radical shake-up of community councils seen in living memory.Capture2
The present wards that currently comprise Llangattock-vibon-avel Community Council are proposed to be carved up and merged into two new super community councils of Whitecastle and Skenfrith.
The review of boundaries is suggesting Skenfrith be made a new community council of seven councillors formed out of areas from the following: Crucorney; Grosmont; Llangattock vibon avel; Llantilio Crossenny.skenf

This Skenfrith community council would have three new wards: Cross Ash – three councillors;  Llanvetherine – two councillors;  Skenfrith – two councillors.
This would form part of the existing Llantilio Crosseny electoral ward.

The new community council of Whitecastle will be formed from current communities:  Llanarth;  Llangattock Vibon Avel;  Llantilio Crossenny;  Mitchel Troy;  Monmouth. 

This new proposed council will have the wards of: Llangattock Vibon Avel – one councillor;  Llanvihangel-Ystern-Llewern -  one councillor; Newcastle  – two councillors;  Penrhos – two councillors;  Rockfield and St Maughans – two councillors;  Whitecastle – two councillors.
This community council would also from part of the Llantilio Crosenny electoral ward.

Councillor Desmond Pugh, representing the Skenfrith ward said that this document was "strangely familiar" to one he submitted revisions to in 2014.
"This would see a huge change in the area we represent, as Skenfrith has historically seen itself closely connected to Monmouth. Now the proposed boundary changes would see us weighted more towards the Abergavenny area.
" I can see a number of councillors standing down if these proposals are accepted by the Welsh Government as this tinkering with boundaries that have worked well for many years, is just another example of spending money for no good reason" he added.
"We sit voluntarily on the council to serve our community and see areas of service such as roads, drains and verge cutting continually pared to the bone, then to see money and resources thrown at such an unneccessary re-arrangement of council boundaries will be the tipping point for many.
"Clerks will have to re-appointed and websites re-written at a cost to the taxpayer when we could be resurfacing roads," he added.

Any representations concerning the matters in this report should be addressed to the Welsh Government not later than 11th March. Representations should be sent to: Local Government Democracy Team Democracy, Diversity and Remuneration Division Welsh Government Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NQ Or emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The full documents can be read here: