Newport Matters November 2017


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NM NEWPORT MATTERS The official newspaper of Newport City Council NOVEMBER 2017. Edition 13.................................................................................................................. BIN COLLECTIONS OVER CHRISTMAS With Christmas drawing closer, Newport City Council and Wastesavers are releasing information about changes to waste and recycling collections over the festive period. We know residents get frustrated when collection dates change so we wanted to give you as much advance warning as possible. The teams will be back on the streets from Tuesday 26 December when household collections will be a day later than normal, ie if your day is Monday it will be Tuesday, Tuesday will be Wednesday and so on until Saturday 31 December. For more information on the changes please see page two. Household waste and recycling collections will remain as normal up to and including Friday 22 December however there are no collections on Saturday 23 December, Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December and Christmas Day, Monday 25 December. CITY TO WELCOME ITS FIRST MARATHON Newport is to host its first marathon next year. The ABP Newport Wales Marathon will bring a new running experience to Wales on 29 April, 2018. Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said: “As you would expect from a Welsh city, we are passionate about sport and we are very excited to be hosting the ABP Newport Wales Marathon. By expanding our events programme we hope to raise the profile of the city and attract more visitors and investment. I look forward to welcoming top runners to Newport and know that many of our local athletes will also relish the opportunity to pound the streets of their home city.” Associated British Ports have paved the way for another global sporting event to arrive in Wales after pledging its support as Title Partner. The UK’s leading port operator has signed-up with the aim of enhancing their local community engagement through grass-roots sport. Welsh Government and Newport City Council are backing the project as strategic partners to bring the much anticipated mass-participation marathon to South Wales. The event will be delivered by Run 4 Wales, the team behind the Cardiff Half Marathon and Velothon Wales. As a not-for-profit organisation, Run 4 Wales aims to help create a more healthy and active nation through running.  But there will be more to the ABP Newport Wales Marathon than a 26 mile race. The Festival of Running will showcase what the city has to offer and give charity fundraisers the perfect platform to raise funds for good causes. Matt Newman, Run 4 Wales Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to launch the ABP Newport Wales Marathon and look forward to establishing this event as the premier marathon for Wales.  “The delivery of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 2016 provided an opportunity for Run 4 Wales to become a worldclass event organiser and we have been looking for the right opportunity to launch a full marathon. “T he partnership with Newport City Council and the Welsh Government is an exciting development and we are looking forward to delivering an unforgettable event in 2018.” This comes hot on the heels of the recent announcement that Newport will host the Westfield Health British Transplant Games in 2019 which will see more than 850 inspiration athletes competing in the city. For more news visit MATTERS NOVEMBER 2017 1


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GARDEN WASTE COLLECTIONS END ON 1 DECEMBER For people who want to make sure their gardens are ready for winter please note that the last garden waste collections will be on Friday 1 December. RECYCLING AND BIN COLLECTIONS OVER THE FESTIVE PERIOD However, they will be returning a bit earlier next year when the collections of the orange lidded bins start up againweek beginning Monday 26 February 2018. You can also take garden waste to our Household Waste Recycling Centre on Docks Way which is open 7.30am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9am-4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. The last access to the site is 15 minutes before closing time. The site is closed on Bank Holidays (except for Good Friday). Plastic sacks and bags should not be put in the recycling or composting containers. You can find our more information on our website, visit WELL-BEING PLAN FOR NEWPORT One Newport Public Services Board is developing the Local Well-being Plan for Newport which will say what it plans to do support social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing in the city. You can have your say on the Plan during a consultation on the council website between December and February. Residents are being warned well in advance that waste and bin collection days will change over the forthcoming Christmas and New Year holiday period. As far as Christmas is concerned there will be NO COLLECTIONS on Saturday 23 December, Sunday 24 December and Monday 25 December. Staff will be back in work after the Christmas break from Tuesday 26 December so your normal collection day will be ONE DAY LATER. This means if your collection day is a Monday for this week and next it will be a Tuesday, if normal day is a Tuesday then it will be a Wednesday and continue like this up to the New Year celebrations. Staff are off on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, returning to work on Tuesday, 2 January. Again collections for this period will be one day later than normal. Please note there will be nocollections on Sunday 31 December and Monday 1 January 2018. You can check your collection days on our website Collections will resume on Tuesday 2 January 2018 and will continue daily up to and including Saturday 6 January 2018. There are no collections scheduled for Sunday 7 January 2018. To sum up, staff are not working from 23 December to 25 December but will start back after Christmas on Tuesday 26 December. NEWPORT – A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CITY Newport City Council is leading the way in raising awareness of dementia, developing support for people living with dementia and their carers, and encouraging dementia-friendly practices across the city. In recognition, the Mayor of Newport, Councillor David Fouweather, recently accepted Dementia Friendly City accreditation from the Alzheimer’s Society, at a meeting of full Council. Speaking of the award, Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said: “D ementia is likely to touch us all at some point. We have been working closely with our partners and organisations across the city to raise awareness of this important issue and drive forward changes that will help create the support needed now and in the future.” To achieve the award the council had to meet seven criteria: 1. Provide an effective partnership approach – One Newport has prioritised Dementia Friendly City across all areas of work. 2. Champion dementia – Councillors Paul Cockeram and Kate Thomas are the elected member champions for the council. 3. Provide awareness – Dementia Friends awareness sessions have been delivered to over 2,000 people. 4. Listen to the views of people living with dementia – through the Alzheimer’s Society, the council has developed links with memory cafés across the city. 5. Promote dementia awareness – the council has produced a number of newsletters and webpages for the public as well as support a new dementia website for the region. 6. Focus on priorities – a local implementation group has been developed to take forward actions. 7. Report progress – the council regularly reports back to the Alzheimer’s Society. JOIN THE CARERS NETWORK Newport Carers Network was launched this autumn to be a collective voice for carers in the city. Those who join will be kept up to date with events, drop in sessions, activities, support services and training opportunities as well as news and information. To register or for more information telephone 01633 656656 and ask to speak to the community connector team or email community.connectors LEARN A NEW SKILL IN THE NEW YEAR Newport City Council’s Adult Community Learning is offering a variety of courses starting in January 2018. The 2017/18 course prospectus is available and includes: introduction to safeguarding, ICT(Computing), digital literacy and courses for adults with learning difficulties. There are also essential skills courses to help people improve their English and maths and courses in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Residents may be eligible for a concession on tuition fees. For details of the full programme, visit communitylearning email community.learning@ or telephone 01633 656656 2 For more news visit MATTERS NOVEMBER 2017


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IF IN DOUBT, KEEP THEM OUT! Trading standards and the police have strengthened their joint fight against doorstep crime. Newport’s trading standards team, Gwent Police and trading standards colleagues from across Gwent have signed an agreement which supports a robust response to any doorstep crimes reported in the area. Doorstep criminals do whatever they can to take money from, or exploit their victims through overpriced, unnecessary or poor quality work. They can be intimidating or threatening. Depending on the complaint, it may require a police or a trading standards investigation. However, the partnership between the police and trading standards will mean that no matter how an incident is reported, the correct enforcement agency will investigate and ensure no cases fall through the cracks. SCHOOLS’ FOOTBALL LEAGUE KICKS OFF AGAIN This autumn, St. Julian’s Primary School hosted a football festival to relaunch the Newport Primary Schools’ Football League. Sixteen primary schools from across the city have signed up to take part with teams made up of year five and six boys and girls. In June, the winners from Newport East schools will meet the winners from Newport West in the cup final and there will also be a presentation evening for all players and their parents. Full fixtures for the year can be found at newport-schools-football-league and highlights from the launch can be seen at Newport city centre will start the countdown to Christmas with a spectacular event packed with fun for all the family on Saturday 18 November. Running from noon until 5.30pm, Countdown to Christmas will feature music, fairground rides, celebrity guests and cartoon characters, culminating in the official switching on of Newport’s extended Christmas lights and an explosive fireworks display. COUNTING DOWN TO CHRISTMAS Organised by the Newport Now Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Newport City Council and Friars Walk, Countdown to Christmas mirrors last year’s hugely-successful Saturday event. The Voice runners-up Into The Ark will be among the musical acts on stage during the day, and a special celebrity guest will be pushing the button to light up the city centre for the festive season. Newport Now BID manager Kevin Ward said: “Last year’s event was so successful, with thousands of people enjoying the day, that we are replicating the model for this year. “We are sure families from across Newport and beyond will visit the city centre for what promises to be a fantastic event packed with surprises.” The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre will also again host one of the city’s favourite Christmas events. This year’s pantomime is Aladdin and runs from Tuesday 5 December until Sunday 7 January. A whole host of colourful characters will join Aladdin in his story as he struggles to see that good is rewarded and that bad is punished. Full of song, dance, drama and spectacle, this year’s panto at The Riverfront offers two hours in the company of some of the greatest characters in the world of pantomime fighting the good fight in some of the most exotic places. The Dolman Theatre will also have entertainment on offer including BIG – a Christmas musical for all the family, based on the hit motion picture starring Tom Hanks and their Christmas spectacular – Step into Christmas. If you fancy more of an outdoor adventure, on Saturday 9 December Newport Wetlands will have a Santa’s grotto and wildlife workshop event. You can take a trail around the wetlands and find clues that will help you discover what happens to wildlife over winter and lead you to Santa’s grotto. You can also make a bird feeder for the winter wildlife in your garden. For more information visit FOOD FEST SUCCESS! Over 20,000 people had their taste buds tickled at last month’s Tiny Rebel Newport Food and Drink Festival. Entertainment, chef demos and an impressive range of food and drink producers and suppliers helped make the event the best yet. Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of the council, said: “Thank you to everyone who came along, took part, helped organise and sponsored this year’s festival – it was another great day in Newport!” WALK THE PORT A BIG SUCCESS More than 150 people of all ages joined this year’s successful Walk the Port ‘skyline challenge’ organised by Newport Live in partnership with Newport City Council. Among the walkers on the three mile route were councillors Debbie Harvey, Gail Giles, Laura Lacey and Mark Spencer. As well as encouraging people to get off their sofa and discover the city’s walking routes, the event also helped raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. BUY WITH CONFIDENCE Newport City Council Trading Standards operates a Buy With Confidence scheme. Affiliated to the national scheme of the same name it highlights good business practice by local firms from a wide range of trade sectors. Consumers looking for goods or services can check if the business they are considering has signed up to the scheme. If they are it means the business has been independently vetted, shows they trade fairly and has good customer service. If you are a Newport based business and would like to join the scheme, visit our website for details... tradingstandards Follow us on facebook newportcitycouncil..............................................................................................................................................NEWPORT MATTERS NOVEMBER 2017 3


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WORKING TOGETHER TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS ISSUES Homelessness is an issue which is taken very seriously by organisations across Newport as they all want to ensure everyone has a safe place to sleep every night. But as the numbers of people who are homeless continues to rise across the country - not just in Wales and Newport - it is a complex and sensitive issue. It should be said that not everyone who is classed as homeless is a rough sleeper and not everyone who is a rough sleeper is unable to find accommodation. In the same way, not all those who are begging are homeless or rough sleepers but may be asking for money for a variety of reasons including to fund addictions or for financial gain. Newport has many services aimed at helping those who are homeless and sleeping rough which are offered by organisations in the city. Newport City Council, Gwent Police and specialist charities such as The Wallich and Eden Gate work closely together as they recognise that there are some very vulnerable people in our society who need support. They also acknowledge that there are a small number of individuals whose anti-social behaviour can impact disproportionately on others. People who want to help those in need financially are requested not to give money directly to those asking for it but to give to charities that provide specialist support. See below for more information about a new city centre scheme. For more on this story visit For more information about the support available visit: MAKE SURE YOUR DONATION IS HELPING THOSE IN NEED Newport Now, the Business Improvement District, which represents businesses across the city centre, has developed a diverted giving scheme in partnership with homelessness charity The Wallich. Kevin Ward, manager of Newport Now, said: “Diverted giving schemes, which operate in many towns and cities across the UK, offer the public an alternative mechanism to support people affected by homelessness by encouraging them to give responsibly to agencies working directly to tackle such issues. “Effectively, the scheme aims to discourage people from giving to street beggars in the city centre and instead will offer alternative secure methods of donation to The Wallich, with all donations allocated to projects specific to the city centre.” Keep an eye on the Newport BID website for details on the scheme’s launch date and where and how you can donate. SHAPING THE FUTURE Newport City Council’s Cabinet has shown its support for a draft corporate plan which will help shape the council and city over the next five years. It aims to ‘Build on Success’ and ‘Build a Better Newport’ focusing on jobs and the economy, education and skills, fairness and quality community safety and cohesion, the environment, transport, culture and social well-being. To download visit... COLLEGE TRANSPORT FUNDING From January, the council will no longer fund transport to further education for people over the age of 19 with special needs. Social workers have been working with families to help them adjust to the change which was delayed from September to the end of this term. There is no legal obligation for the council to provide such funding and independent living activities being offered outside the city are now available in Newport. COUNCIL BUDGET – HAVE YOUR SAY Newport City Council’s Cabinet will consider a number of budget proposals at their November and December meetings. Council Tax from residents only raises around 20 per cent of the annual budget, with some income coming from fees, charges and other grants. For more information, meeting agendas and details of the draft proposals visit Over the last five years, the council has made savings of £41m and reduced the number of staff it employs by around one quarter. But ongoing public sector austerity measures, coupled with inflation and increased demand for services mean that even more savings must still be found – around £33m by 2022. Welsh Government’s funding accounts for the largest part of the council’s budget, equating to around 80 per cent of its total revenue. Savings proposals will be presented to both the November and December Cabinet meetings in a move towards a more ongoing process of service review and improvement. This year’s public consultation will run from mid-November until the end of January 2018, providing the biggest opportunity to have your say to date. Responses will then be considered by Cabinet in January and February 2018. 4 For more news visit MATTERS NOVEMBER 2017


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SCHOOL ATTENDANCE MATTERS! 100% - not missing any lessons during term time. 95% - missing two weeks of education. under 92% - missing more than 3 weeks of education. Newport secondary schools increased the rate of attendance in the last academic year and reduced the gap between Newport and the rest of Wales. Although this is a positive step, there is still more to do to ensure our students get the best possible education. Research by the Department of Education found that pupils with 100 per cent attendance are almost three-times more likely to achieve five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C compared to those who miss around 20 per cent of their lessons. Parents and carers can positively support regular and punctual attendance by • supporting children to arrive at school on time and remain in school each day; • ensuring that their children only miss school for reasons which are unavoidable or justified, such as illness; • always notifying the school on the first morning of any absence and giving reason; • providing the school with a current contact number so that the school can make contact at any time during the school day; • avoiding family holidays during term-time – if there are exceptional circumstances, they should consult with the head teacher prior to booking; • talking to the school if they are concerned that their children may be reluctant to attend for any reason; • attending parents’ evenings, other school meetings and keeping up to date with school information; • ensure that children apply for a work permit or an entertainment license if they are seeking part-time employment or have been requested to perform in a production outside of school. For more information see the ‘schools and education’ pages of the council website and follow links to ‘Information for parents and students’. SCHOOL PLACES – APPLY ONLINE Online applications for reception and secondary school places in 2018 are now open. Applications for children due to start secondary school in September 2018 should be made by 30 November 2017. Decisions will be issued on 1 March 2018. Parents needing a reception place in Newport in September 2018 should apply before 12 January 2018. Decisions will be issued on 16 April 2018. If you would like your child to attend a Roman Catholic school you should apply to them direct. For more information and to apply online visit schooladmissions NEW SCHOOLS WELCOME FIRST PUPILS Ysgol Bryn Derw, the first school in Gwent specifically for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Jubilee Park Primary School both opened in September. Ysgo Bryn Derw head teacher Richard Drew said: “Newport should be proud that is the first local authority in Gwent to have such a facility. The council recognised that it was important for pupils who have complex needs to have an appropriate placement and this is what the school will give them.” Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council said; “This is a fantastic development for the city that will provide a happy, safe and thriving environment for all its pupils.” nurtured and inspired to reach their full potential.”  Councillor Gail Giles, Newport City Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: “As a council, we are committed to providing every child with a first class education in the best possible environment.” Jubilee Park Primary School head teacher Catherine Kucia said; “A new school year is always exciting, especially when children are at the start of their education, but to be the first pupils in a new school building is even more special. “We are very privileged to be opening our new learning environment and will ensure it is a welcoming and caring school where children will be Follow us on twitter newportcitycouncil ..................................................................................................................................................NEWPORT MATTERS NOVEMBER 2017 5


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AMBITIONS FOR CITY FORGE FORWARD WHAT’S ON Newport is continuing to attract significant investment as reflected in recent announcement about proposals for a high-tech semiconductor plant which is set to create thousands of new jobs. Cardiff University also announced that its prestigious National Software Academy is expanding. “Our ambitions for Newport did not begin or end with Friars Walk. While it is an important part of the regeneration jigsaw, it is only one piece. “The council has led the drive to revitalise the city for many years and we have become increasingly innovative against a backdrop of severe budget cuts by collaborating with partners in the public and private sector. Major housing developments have contributed to record numbers of new homes being built in the city year on year. There has been massive investment in the city centre to make it a more attractive place to live, work and visit, including the successful completion of Friars Walk. Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said: “In this way, new life has been breathed into key landmarks, such as the former King’s Hotel and the National Buildings, through the Welsh Government’s vibrant and viable places programme. “We know there is still much that can, and will be done, and we will be bringing more schemes to fruition in the coming months and years. Watch this space!” Cllr Debbie Wilcox HELPING NEW INDEPENDENT TRADERS Newport City Council is giving new city centre businesses a helping hand in their first year of trading. For the second year, it has given financial assistance towards the first year’s rent. COUNCIL’S DOG SECTION WINS GOLD One of the recent recipients is Christine Naluggwa who runs wig and hair extension salon Glossy Locks in Commercial Street. Ms Naluggwa’s customers include women who have lost their hair following treatment for cancer and she finds it incredibly rewarding to be able to help them. She has put a lot of hard work into transforming the premises and was grateful for the practical and financial assistance provided by the council. The council’s Newport City Dogs Home, and its dog control service, has achieved the Stray Dogs Gold Footprints award for the fourth year running. The award is part of the RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints 2017 (CAWF). To achieve gold status, the team had to show evidence of a range of services including: behaviourally and physically – for identification, and potential new owners are vetted with the help of our partners Friends of the Dogs Wales. • active promotion of microchipping and/ or other methods of permanent identification; • microchipping offered to all stray dogs before being returned to owners or rehomed; “I had to do so much and did a lot of work but it has been worth it. The council’s business team representative was so helpful and had all the time in the world for me.” The business services team helps business start-ups, established Newport businesses and businesses looking to relocate to the city. Skilled advisors can help locate suitable premises, guide people through council related regulations, provide assistance in accessing financial aid, and help access expert advice from partner agencies. For more information visit • dog handling, dog welfare and behaviour competency for all officers responsible for stray dog collection; • procedures to treat injured and sick stray dogs efficiently and humanely; • an out-of-hours provision at Summerhill Veterinary Practice, Newport • information provided to owners reclaiming strays on how to prevent the animal straying again; • a clear rehoming policy for kennels to ensure all dogs rehomed are assessed – • regular proactive work to encourage responsible pet ownership. Councillor Ray Truman, cabinet member for licensing and regulation said: “I am very pleased that the efforts of the team have once again been recognised and would also like to thank our charity partner Friends of the Dogs Wales who we work so closely with.” There are lots to see and do over the coming months in Newport including… RIVERFRONT THEATRE riverfront 17 November, 7.30pm Bikeology Journalist, television presenter and best-selling author Ned Boulting is back with his acclaimed ride through the world of Bikeology. 18 November, 7.30pm Beyond the Barricade Recreating original West End/ Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity. 18 November, 7.45pm Ellie Taylor: This Guy Following a sell-out Edinburgh Festival season and 2016 tour, the star of BBC’s Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and The John Bishop Show, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show presents an unmissable new stand-up show. 22 November, 7.45pm Little Wolf When a young boy mysteriously disappears, Freddie and Rita are forced to confront the truth of their marriage. NEWPORT WETLANDS Various dates until 29 November Soup and Starlings Prepare to be amazed by the marvel of the starling murmuration at Newport Wetlands. Starts between 3.45pm and 3pm depending on sunset times. Booking essential. 8 November, 10.30am Wildlife in Welsh A guided walk looking at birds at Uskmouth in the morning followed by the birds at Goldcliff in the afternoon. Conducted in the Welsh language, suitable for beginners and fluent Welsh speakers. CHRISTMAS EVENTS Various venues and dates Visit 6 For more news visit MATTERS NOVEMBER 2017



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