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AM presses Minister for Chepstow site meeting Tue, 28/03/2017 - 08:12
Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is pressing the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Ken Skates AM, for a site meeting to discuss serious concerns about Chepstow’s infrastructure.
The Minister has told Mr Ramsay that he wants to await the outcome of the planning process before arranging a meeting but Mr Ramsay is hoping he can persuade the Minister to bring the meeting forward.
“Local residents are extremely concerned about traffic congestion in the town, particularly in the light of the proposed new housing development of some 600 new properties at Mabey Bridge,” Mr Ramsay said on Monday.
“They also have reservations about the Welsh Government’s plans to install a new roundabout at the junction with Tesco and a one-way system
“Chepstow is likely to be the subject of significant development over the next decade so it is vital that we have a comprehensive plan for the town’s infrastructure.
“I have asked the Minister if the Welsh Government has considered developing a mid to long term plan for the infrastructure of the town and surrounding area.
“Rather than wait for the outcome of the planning process, I’m urging the Minister to meet on site so that he can meet local residents and listen to their concerns.”
Residents consider protest march over dualling disruption Tue, 28/03/2017 - 08:09
Residents of Maesygwartha, Gilwern, have complained to local AM Nick Ramsay about traffic issues arising from diversions taking place due to the A465 dualling scheme.
Local people are so annoyed and unhappy about the damage being caused that they are considering a protest march as they feel their concerns are being ignored.
Mr Garry Hill of Bethlehem Manse has had his wall knocked down and been told that he will have to claim for the damage on his household insurance.
Commenting on the issue, Mr Ramsay said” Residents are unhappy about the size and number of vehicles using local roads and say that the diversion signage is both inadequate and misleading, particularly where large lorries are concerned.
“I have passed their concerns on to Mr Baker at Costain and also written to the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Minister for Infrastructure, Ken Skates AM.
“Clearly, the situation is becoming intolerable to local residents and something must be done to improve traffic management in this area.”
Successful Quiz Night for Usk Twinning Association
Over £260 was raised for the Usk Twinning Association at a very enjoyable Quiz Night, held at Usk Conservative Club on Friday.
Seven teams took part, with Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay asking the questions, which covered a wide range of subjects, including history and geography, current affairs, sport and film and TV.
After a closely fought battle, the Breakaways took the spoils.
Nick congratulated the winners and thanked everyone involved in organising and supporting such a successful evening, with money raised going towards a very worthy cause.
His words were re-iterated by David Gale, Chair of the Usk Twinning Association, with special thanks to the ladies who provided the refreshments, Katherine who set the questions and to Nick for reprising his role as question master.
Mr Gale also reminded those present of a number of forthcoming events involving Usk’s twin town, Graben-Neudorf, including Music for Palm Sunday at St Mary’s Church on April 9th, a production of the musical “Clever” at Usk Memorial Hall on April 10th and an Usk Singing Club Concert at the Sessions House on Friday, May 19th.
Caption: AM Nick Ramsay pictured with members of the winning team, The Breakaways
Nick supports Message in a Bottle campaign
Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay has this week, at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, thrown his weight behind this year’s 10th anniversary WWF-Cymru Earth Hour celebrations, which includes a special ‘Message in a Bottle’ campaign, demonstrating the strength of feeling across Wales for climate change action.
Earth Hour takes place at 8:30pm on Saturday 25 March, and will see hundreds of millions of people coming together, across the globe, in a symbolic and spectacular lights out display in support of climate change action.
To mark the occasion, the Welsh arm of the global conservation charity has been busy collecting messages from across Wales, for its special ‘Message in a Bottle’ campaign.
A specially commissioned 8m, giant ‘Message in a Bottle’ sculpture, by artist Lulu Quinn, and made from hundreds of unwanted and used bottles symbolising the gathered messages, will call on Welsh politicians and the world to take urgent national and global action on climate change.
Speaking in support of the campaign, Nick said: “Climate change affects us all – including Wales. The communities we call home and our incredible nature are also at risk. Reading the messages that people have written brings home the strength of feeling out there, and as Welsh politicians we must respond accordingly.”
“Global temperatures have been rising for over a century, speeding up in recent years, and are now at their highest. 2016 was the hottest year on record, beating the previous two records of 2015 and 2014. Worldwide, we're experiencing record floods, droughts, superstorms and wildfires. Nearly one in six species are at risk from extinction due to climate change.
“The Message in a Bottle campaign is based on the age-old, romantic practice, of sending a message in a bottle, which traditionally inspires the finder to take action and fulfil the wishes of the sender. WWF Cymru is turning this old practice on its head, with the aim of getting politicians in Cardiff Bay to feel similarly energised and stirred into action to reduce national emissions.”
AM dismayed by NatWest closure Tue, 28/03/2017 - 07:55
Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay said he was dismayed to learn that Monmouth’s NatWest branch is set to close on October 3rd, one year after opening hours were cut to save money.
Commenting on the decision, Mr Ramsay said: “While it is true that the way people choose to bank has changed over the years, with many opting to bank online, there are still many people who rely on visiting their local bank, particularly older people and shops and businesses.
“Sadly, this proposed closure follows a disturbing trend of bank closures in rural communities, with both HSBC and NatWest banks in Usk shutting their doors last year.
“I am deeply concerned that these closures could have a knock on effect on business in the town and will inconvenience many local residents who prefer to deal with their finances on a one to one basis.”
AM highlights problems of overnight parking in lay-bys Tue, 28/03/2017 - 08:25
Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has written to the Welsh Government to highlight local concerns about litter and excrement left in the lay-bys on the A449 and A40.
Local volunteers who have been out helping clear litter in Monmouthshire’s lay-bys have been appalled at the amount of human waste and litter they have found in lay-bys with no facilities. They assume this has been left by lorry drivers using the lay-bys overnight.
Speaking today Nick said: “There are new services with overnight parking for lorries on the A40 between Monmouth and Raglan which lorry drivers should use for overnight parking.
“Lay-bys with no facilities are clearly unsuitable for overnight parking, and we can’t expect local volunteers to clear up waste of this kind.
“I’m asking the Welsh Government to consider designating lay-bys with no facilities as “No overnight parking” areas. This would hopefully reduce the amount of unsightly rubbish left on the lay-bys in Monmouthshire and make these stopping areas more pleasant for everyone.”
Nick urges constituents to get a smart meter intalled
After learning more about the benefits of smart meters at the Conservative Spring Forum conference, Nick Ramsay AM is calling on the people of Monmouthshire to contact their energy supplier about installing their smart meter.
With nearly 5 million smart meters already installed across Great Britain, Nick is looking forward to seeing this new technology in more and more homes across Monmouthshire. Those who have upgraded are already feeling the benefits.
Smart meters will bring everyone in Monmouthshire and across the rest of Wales and Great Britain accurate bills at no additional cost. Consumers will be able to see exactly how much their next bill will be, and can make informed choices about their energy use. The out-dated system of manual meter readings and estimation will come to an end, and finally the inconvenient prepayment system will be completely revolutionised for the many constituents currently using these meters.
After hearing more about the technology from Smart Energy GB, the voice of the smart meter rollout, Nick said:
“I am confident that smart meters will give us all much more control of what we spend on gas and electricity, and finally put an end to estimated bills.
“I was delighted to see first-hand how smart meters will benefit my constituents and I would encourage everyone to call their energy supplier today and ask for an appointment to get their own smart meter fitted.”
Over the next few years every home in Great Britain will be offered a smart meter. To find out when you can upgrade, contact your energy supplier or visit www.smartenergygb.org/get-yours to find out more.
Watch Nick's speech to the Welsh Conservative conference Wed, 22/03/2017 - 10:04
Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay has delivered an address to the 2017 Welsh Conservative Party conference, in Cardiff.
Nick attends Mencap Berkeley's 20th Anniversary Ball
Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay and his fiancée Jennifer Davidson were delighted to attend the 20th Anniversary Ball of the Chepstow and District Mencap Berkeley, held at St Pierre Marriott Hotel, Chepstow, last Friday.
Speaking afterwards, Nick said: “It was a great evening, a delicious dinner followed by dancing.
“It was good to meet up with all those involved in the Berkeley Mencap. It’s an honour to be Vice President of such a successful group. Chepstow Mencap do an enormous amount to support local people.
“Keep up the good work!”
AM presses for meeting to discuss Chepstow's infrastructure Mon, 13/03/2017 - 11:34
Chepstow residents hoping for a site meeting with the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Minister for Infrastructure, Ken Skates AM, will have to wait until the outcome of the planning process is known, Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay has been told.
Mr Ramsay wrote to the Minister after attending a meeting with around 40 residents who have concerns about the infrastructure of the town, particularly in the light of a proposed new housing development of some 600 new properties at Mabey Bridge.
Local residents also fear that traffic congestion, in particular on the A48 near Tesco, could be exacerbated should the plans go ahead. Further reservations were expressed about a proposal for a new roundabout at the junction with Tesco and a one-way system .
Speaking after the meeting Mr Ramsay said: “I have asked the Minister if the Welsh Government has given consideration to developing a mid to long term plan for the infrastructure in the town and surrounding area.
“I also asked Mr Skates if he would be willing to meet myself and local residents on site so that we could discuss their concerns. However, it seems that as Monmouthshire County Council is still currently involved in the planning process for the development, the Minister is not in a position to commit to any plans or works at this time, although he has indicated that he will be happy to meet once the outcome of the planning process is known.
“Chepstow is likely to see significant development over the next decade so it is vital that we have a comprehensive plan for infrastructure.”