Schoolchildren help plant trees in Newbridge’s Pantside Tip woodland recovery

Thousands of trees have been planted on Pantside Tip in Newbridge in a bid to create native woodlands – and thousands more will follow.
Pupils from Pantside Primary School, Newbridge School and Pantside Youth club helped plant over 500 Alder, Beech, Hawthorn, Birch and Oak oak to help extend and  a native woodland on the hillside near the tip. This follows an initial project in February 2014 when schoolchildren and residents helped Caerphilly County Borough Council plant 6,000 trees on the site to the east of Newbridge.
Over the next few weeks 4,500 more trees will be planted in this area by the council, to further extend the boundaries of the community woodland. Ninety years ago Pantside Tip, in the Nant Gawney Valley was relatively untouched by the coal industry and contained a mix of small farms enclosed fields and large areas of woodland. By 1970 the agricultural fields had been replaced by a large housing estate, the top of the valley had been filled with waste from local collieries and much of the ancient woodland which had escaped the tipping was given over to plantation forestry.
The tip was reclaimed in the late 1970′s and early 1980’s, some small blocks of native tree planting undertaken, and a two sports pitches developed, though a large part of the site was left needing future development, being undertaken now with the help of Natural Resources Wales. Project Manager Carol Travers said: “It is great to see the young people here planting trees near where they live, along with some of their parents.
“The Plant! project, that has planted a tree for every child born or adopted in Wales since 2008, wants the future generations of Wales to see the benefits of creating these green spaces in urban areas.”


Source  Caerphilly Media Ltd

Dont forget! PUBLIC meeting on Wednesday 18th February, 7pm to 8.30pm

dc6MooMc9Don’t forget the PUBLIC meeting on the 18th February, 7pm to 8.30pm, which is now in the Newbridge Memo. Lets have a good turn out and get our town back on track…..

Bodies on the panel are,

Mr Chris Burns Interim Chief Executive, CCBC.
Mr Chris Evans MP.
Mrs Jocelyn Davies AM.
Cllr Gary Johnston.

On the agenda for this meeting,
*Anti-social behaviour.
*General crime.

There will be free tea and coffee in the tabernacle church after this meeting.

Video of Newbridge Fire

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Sad day for Newbridge

Wednesday the 11 February was a sad day for our town and the traders affected by the fire. Around 30 fire fighters were called to the area after the fire started in St David’s Foundation and spread down to the Station Cafe.
This is blow for the traders of these businesses but also another blow to Newbridge that is already suffering from an increase in anti social behaviour, crime problems, Police and council cuts.
Locals are reporting getting off trains and buses and having to endeavour groups of men smoking drugs and drinking alcohol on the bridge steps, remember this bridge is the main school safe pathways route. These people are also in the car park by the Co-Op and one is even intimidating shoppers by asking for money and all this in the day time. There has also been instances of grown men fighting on the street in the past few weeks and reports of children being followed to school.
On Facebook someone also mentioned class “A” drugs being sold in the pubs. I was up by the cash machine last Friday and men who were stood talking and who are locals I must add, was openly smoking a joint which was blowing right in my and a young girl’s face who was waiting next to me and there was not a policeman to be seen.
A lot of these problems are stemming from the residents that have been housed in Ty-Croeso, the old police station ironically. Locals are concerned that they do not know what the history and background of these residents and what criminal backgrounds they have. Our opinion is that this type of establishment should not be put in the middle of a town, especially so close to schools and where there is no 24 hour police station. It has not worked in Argoed who are having the same issues as we are in Newbridge.
Make sure we all make every effort to attend the public meeting at the Memo on the 18th February at 7pm to bring all these issue up and let’s get our town back to how it used to be and feel safe again going for a walk or even to do the shopping.

PUBLIC Meeting!!

The PUBLIC meeting on the 18th February, 7pm to 8.30pm, has been moved to Newbridge Memo.

With the current and ongoing deterioration of our village and the many issues people have been discussing on social media, this is the place to be if you care about our town. Lets have a good turn out, as that on its own will show the authorities there’s an issue.

Inspector Mark Thomas from Risca/Blackwood Police will be joining the panel. If you want to add to the agenda see here:

There will be free tea and coffee in the tabernacle church after this meeting.

Council tax in Caerphilly County Borough set to rise by 3.9% as the police service takes it all

dc6MooMc9Council tax in Caerphilly County Borough is set to rise by 3.9% after senior councillors approved the authority’s budget for next year and at the same time, the proportion of council tax paid to Gwent Police will increase 3.99% for the next financial year so the police will take the whole increase as Newbridge has recently had their Police Community Support Office  (PCSO) taken away and crime has soared in the town.

But householders in the Dyfed Powys police area will see a 5% drop in the amount they pay for policing, as rates in the Gwent force area rise.
At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday February 4, councillors also agreed to that meals on wheels prices would go up by 50p per meal and recycling centres would close for one day each week. Original plans were for an increase on £1 on the cost of meals on wheels and that civic amenity sites would close for two days, but these were reconsidered after feedback from residents as part of a consultation.  Other budget proposals dropped include a 10p increase at pay and display car parks, the introduction of parking charges on a Sunday, and the removal of an Environmental Health Officer post
The council has to make £12 million in cuts in 2015/16 and said more savings will have to be made over the next three years. The cabinet is also proposing a small ‘match-funding’ scheme of £25,000 to retain projects such as the Bargoed Ice rink and the popular ‘Bands in the Park’ events programme. This fund will only be used where local partners, such as community councils, are able to contribute to the events. Cllr Barbara Jones, Deputy Leader of Council, said: “We have listened to the views of local people as a result of our extensive budget consultation and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to get involved. “We have agreed that some of the proposals are withdrawn completely and some are amended to reflect the views raised by residents. We value the importance of meaningful consultation and it is clear that local people have helped shaped their services in the future.”
The budget proposals will now be considered at a meeting of Full Council on Wednesday February 25, when members will be asked to approve the final budget for 2015/16.

Proposed New Artwork for Newbridge viaduct stanchions

clip_image001Check out these pictures to some proposed artwork for the viaduct stanchions down the path from Newbridge to the new estate in Coed Celynen, what do you think, please feedback your thoughts via this link for the artist to view. 
You can also leave your thoughts on our comments on Newbridge-Online.

Click Here to view photos



Anti social concerns for our town

dc6MooMc9There has been recent reports of a syringe found by the Co-Op along with groups of men sat around at all hours of the day drinking alcohol,  smoking drugs and intimating shoppers by asked for money and even kids being followed to school.

Just checked the Police Newbridge Ward website and it hasn’t been updated since September 2014, even though Newbridge-Online e-mailed them last year and asked them to update it. See:

Sadly it seems our PCSO dosent cover the town any more  due to cut backs. However, average Gwent households will now pay an extra 3.99% increase this year with a total of £211.62 for their policing and related services during 2015/16 – an increase of £8.12 a year or 67p a month on what we currently pay.

The 3.99% increase in what is known as the police precept was agreed last Friday and was recommended by Ian Johnston, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Gwent and was backed by the Police and Crime Panel. A spokeswoman for the PCC said he had raised concerns at how continuous budget cuts to front-line policing were stretching already diminishing resources in Gwent to “potentially dangerous” levels. Thats all well and good but  will Newbridge get our PCSO back, one question that can be asked at a public meeting on the 18th February in Tabernacle Church at 7pm, hosted by the Paster with councillors and the police in attendance.

Please, lets give it a full turn out before our town ends up as the worst in Britain. We will also put this on the main website.

 There is also a “Meet the police” Wednesday 28th January 2015 – 7:30pm to 8:30pm by Pantside shops.

Caerphilly Council’s Pontllanfraith House closure takes a step closer

A council office in Pontllanfraith which houses 400 members of staff and offers a range of face-to-face services for the public could close.
On Tuesday, councillors at Caerphilly County Borough Council’s policy and resources scrutiny committee agreed to confirm their continued support for the proposal to close Pontllanfraith House.
The proposal to shut the council office, on Blackwood Road, is one of a range of savings proposed in the 2015/16 budget.
The plans propose moving the current services and the 400 jobs it provides to other parts of the county borough.
A report put before councillors at the special committee meeting outlined two key financial reasons in favour of closure – it would save £736,000 a year in running and other costs, while a cleared site has the potential for sale as a “highly desirable” residential development site with a maximum value of £2.5m.
Pontllanfraith House has also been identified as a “prime candidate” for closure as it requires £5m of refurbishment, which the budget cannot cover.
The report says: “Given the scale of the financial challenge facing the authority, with a need to reduce spending by around £40m over the next three years, saving costs on our buildings and assets is crucial.

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OWL – More than 50,000 homes and businesses in Gwent are now members of OWL, the Online Watch Link!

owl_banner1aMore than 50,000 homes and businesses in Gwent are now members of OWL, the Online Watch Link!
OWL is a National Neighbourhood Watch initiative and is supported by a number of Police Forces throughout the UK. The Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnston, has funded and supported the Online Watch Link system in Gwent since he was elected into office over two years ago.
Gwent Police use OWL to send targeted messages to members by email, phone or SMS. Most are timely alerts about incidents happening in a community which aim to increase vigilance and helps reduce crime. Following a survey carried out in April 2014, 75% of the members on OWL said they are now more vigilant following an increased awareness of incidents in their area and have improved their home security.
Other benefits of the system include a “Fix my Street” application that allows watch members to easily report problems such as broken street lights to local councils, the most recent reports submitted to their council are displayed with a map showing the exact location of the problem.
Assistant Chief Constable Lorraine Bottomley said, “OWL is a brilliant tool that enables residents to be part of the policing family and helps us to prevent crime and detect incidents that have taken place in the local community.
“50,000 members is a fantastic achievement and I would like to thank members of Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Prevention Panels, Police Cadets and Community Support Officers for their continued support and hard work in registering new members to the system.”
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Tuesday February 24th, 2015

Gala Opening for Newbridge Memorial Hall

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Friday February 20th, 2015

hi..just to inform you land owned by ccbc area np120bl oakdale..public footpath..area opposite and surrounding where you are building new school needs no firearm signs...people walking freely with guns..shootin anything in sight...dont tell me to inform police..i give up...not me being hit with big claim when member of sick of seein animals hurt...and i have reported to something to protect the area x ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday February 18th, 2015

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Friday February 27th, 2015

We're appealing for information following a storage container belonging to a woodland conservation charity in Jarrett's Wood, Llanwenarth being broken into.

The incident occurred sometime between 5.30pm on 17th February and 11.15am on 18th February.

Items stolen included:
Hakki Pilke Hawk wood processor 64010 (pictured)
Portable Winch PCW5000
Stihl HT petrol telescopic pruning saw
Dolmar chain saw
Husqvarna chain saw

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log 156 18/02/15.
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Friday February 27th, 2015

We're appealing for information to identify this woman who we would like to speak to following theft from the Tesco Express store in Bulwark, Chepstow.

The incident occurred on 26th February.

If you can assist, please call 101 quoting log 338 26/02/15.
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Thursday February 26th, 2015

A yob crackdown Ringland, Lliswerry, Alway and St Julian’s has been welcomed after 27 reported incidents of criminal damage on cars, houses and shops in the last week.
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Thursday February 26th, 2015

Well done to PD Jack and PD Blix who have spent the last three days competing at the South Wales & West Regional Dog Trials hosted by Devon & Cornwall Police.

Both dogs with their handlers have done incredibly well with PC Watkins & PD Jack coming second place overall and qualifying for the National Trials due to be held in May 2015.

PC Booth and PD Blix came 6th overall and are currently reserve to go to National Trials.

As well as their overall scores, both teams achieved joint highest tracking scores for which they were awarded the Mary Jordan Trophy.

PC Watkins and PD Jack were awarded the trophy for second place, along with the Linnifold Cup for the highest phase one score, which tested tracking and searching.

Dog Section Sergeant, Julie Pearse said: "Both PC Watkins and PC Booth are fully operational dog handlers and Instructors on the department and as a result always put the operational and training needs of their colleagues first. The standard and success of their dogs is a real credit and reflection of the work and effort they dedicate to their dogs inside and outside of work, they are truly committed individuals well done both!"

You can now follow the Dog Section on Twitter @gpdogsection!
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Wednesday February 25th, 2015

Do remember when Man Utd played Cwmbran Town? Your memories could feature in a film of the day Ryan Giggs came to town ... See MoreSee Less