Monmouth Town Council

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Monmouth Town Council
Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor
Terry Christopher
Deputy Mayor
Richard Roden
Seats16
Meeting place
Shire Hall Monmouth.jpg
Shire Hall
Website
www.monmouth.gov.uk

Monmouth Town Council is the town council of the traditional county town of Monmouth, south-east Wales. The Council comprises 16 members, who are elected every four years.[1] The Mayor is the titular head of the Council. The Council has its offices in the Shire Hall, a Grade I listed building owned by Monmouthshire County Council.

Monmouth is located within the principal area of Monmouthshire (Welsh: Cyngor Sir Fynwy), one of the 22 unitary authorities of Wales.

Responsibilities[edit]

The Town Council is responsible for a limited range of local government functions, including street cleaning, children's play areas, the town's Christmas lights and floral displays, civic events, and grants to local organisations, and is consulted by the County Council on other matters including planning applications.[2] It operates a community projects grants scheme.[3]

History[edit]

During the reign of William the Conqueror, a castle was built in Monmouth to control the area and its resources.[4] In addition to the castle and Benedictine priory, the town also had burgesses in medieval times. Burgesses had an exclusive control over trade in the market. This monopoly created the need for a local government organisation, which evolved into Monmouth's town council.[5]

Shire Hall[edit]

Shire Hall is the meeting place of the Council. Located in the town centre, Shire Hall is a Grade I listed building. It was built in 1724, and was formerly the centre for the Assize Courts and Quarter Sessions for Monmouthshire. It is owned by Monmouthshire County Council, and beside serving as town hall of Monmouth, it is also used as the town's Tourist Information Centre.[6][7]

Mayor[edit]

The Mayor of Monmouth is the titular head of the Council. Incumbent mayor is Terry Christopher, who was elected in the annual general meeting of the Council on 21 May 2018. The position of Deputy Mayor is held by Richard Roden.

Council members[edit]

Monmouth has five wards: Town, Dixton with Osbaston, Drybridge, Overmonnow, and Wyesham. Four county councillors are elected from these wards for Monmouthshire County Council. In the Town Council there are 16 members, who are elected every four years. Each ward has four members in the Council, except Drybridge, which has three representatives, and Town ward with one representative.[8]

At the May 2017 elections, seven Indy Monmouth councillors won seats on the town council. One of them, Cllr Anna Antebi, resigned from her Town ward seat in September 2017 for personal reasons.[9] Conservative, Rob Caffel, won the seat by two votes at a by-election in November.[10]

May 2017 elections [11]
Wards Members
Town Anna Antebi
Dixton with Osbaston Claudia Blair
Anthea M Dewhurst
Jane Lucas
Richard Roden
Drybridge Mat Feakins
Felicity Cotton
Alice Legg
Overmonnow John Fletcher
Terry Christopher
Sue McConnel
Jamie Treharne
Wyesham Ken Breeze
Kelly Jackson-Graham
Jane Gunter
Jess Stephens

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Town Council – Town Councillors and Council Meetings". monmouth.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2 January 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  2. ^ Monmouth Town Council Archived 2 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 26 March 2012
  3. ^ Monmouth Town Council: Community projects grants scheme Archived 3 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 26 March 2012
  4. ^ "Lower Wye Valley–Defensive Landscapes". ggat.org.uk. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  5. ^ "The Mayoralty of Monmouth". monmouth.gov.uk. Monmouth Town Council. Archived from the original on 2 January 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  6. ^ Monmouth Civic Society, Guide to the Monmouth Heritage Blue Plaque Trail, n.d., p.8
  7. ^ "Wales tourism community – Shire Hall, Monmouth". wales-tourist-information.co.uk. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Council Members". monmouth.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Resignation from town council to force election". Monmouthshire Beacon. 23 August 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Election Result - 2nd November 2017". Monmouthshire County Council. 6 November 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  11. ^ "COUNCIL ELECTION 2017: Full Community Council Results". South Wales Argus. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2019.

1. http://www.monmouth.gov.uk/the-town-council/ retrieved 30 July 2018

External links[edit]

Official website