Information regarding garden waste for residents of Montgomery and Powys: Powys County Council green bins at the ‘bring sites’ will be removed sometime after 1st April. PCC are providing an ‘opt in’ service for collection of green waste going forward which involves registering and paying an annual fee. Under this service, garden waste will be collected every fortnight at the kerbside from April to November for an annual fee of £35 for a 240ltr wheeled bin (£30 for a 120ltr). Montgomery Town Council would have liked the green bins to remain at the ‘bring site’ as they were a valuable and well-used facility, but the decision was out of their control. One aim of the change is to avoid green waste having to be sent to landfill when the bins are misused and the waste contains incorrect items. Garden waste bins will continue to be available at the Welshpool and Newtown Household Waste Recycling Centres. Check opening days and times at https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/725/Recycling-centres Montgomery Energy Group's May meeting (Monday 20th May) will host a workshop on "How to make garden compost" by Helen Porter. All are welcome to find out more about home composting and get practical advice on this. You can read about and register for PCC's garden waste collections athttps://en.powys.gov.uk/gardenwastewhere you can also find a link to full terms and conditions. Alternatively, you can subscribe by calling 01597 827465. Read more about the background to the changes at https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/6955/Garden-waste-collection-service Please be aware that if you use a gardener to remove your waste, they need to be properly licensed for removal of the waste otherwise you as the householder become liable.
Contractors must supply all machinery, tools, materials, fuel and have adequate Public Liability Insurance (Copy of insurance cover required) Contract will be for one year commencing 1st April 2019 Form Download Grassed Areas to be Maintained:
This week, Nancy Lagdon will join the ranks of Montgomery’s retained firefighters as the first female to join the station, having successfully completed her initial training. Nancy, who lives in Montgomery and works at the Dragon Hotel in town, said, “I was thrilled to be accepted and the crew has been really supportive and welcoming. The fact they all love what they do is inspirational.” She added, “The training has been tough at times, but - as they tell you from the beginning - if it was easy, everyone would be a firefighter!” Montgomery fire station works with retained firefighters, and the team regularly attends call-outs to fires, road traffic accidents and other incidents - on average over 100 incidents a year - as well as providing fire safety checks for householders. Nancy told the Community News Team, “I am proud to be the first female firefighter in Monty, but let's get some more in! You get a chance to help your community and start a career that you can thrive in. I'm super excited to start my career in the service and can't wait for more women to get involved!”
After years of planning and consultation with local residents, Montgomery Town Hall is being extensively refurbished, bringing this Georgian building into the 21st century with modern facilities. Over a number of years, funds have been set aside by the Town Council and Montgomery Community Buildings and Preservation Trust in preparation for this work, but the plans finally coming to fruition means there will be a necessary uplift in the precept (the Town Council proportion of Council Tax) this year for residents which is above inflation. The increase for 2019-20 is equivalent to approximately £1.13 a month extra for the average household, though the figure will vary according to each property’s Council Tax band (for example, it will be around 94p a month for a band D property). The Montgomery Town Council budget, about 75% of which comes from the precept, also pays for the two children’s playgrounds in the town, grounds maintenance in and around the town, the part-time town clerk’s salary, amenity and recreation sites, tourist information and floral displays. It additionally covers repairs and maintenance to items such as defibrillators, benches and signage. Cllr Mike Mills explained “We know nobody wants to see an increase in their Council Tax, but we also know how much this building means to the community. This will mean we can make this iconic building, sitting at the heart of Montgomery, sustainable for the future.” He adds, “Montgomery Town Hall will be more accessible to users, and complying with best practice. It will be a facility that can be maximised for a range of social, economic and community uses in the future.” ===== Average household figure based on 603 households as quoted in Powys County Council’s Local Area Profile for Montgomery (which uses 2011 census data) Band D figure based on the 2019-20 council tax base (number of Band D equivalent properties) for the Montgomery Town Council area
Montgomery Town Council and the community will be working with Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust to survey species and look at the ecology and the environment to see if Whitegate Pool meets the criteria to be designated a Local Wildlife Site. MWT has trained a large number of Montgomeryshire volunteer surveyors over the last couple of years and will look to engage the community as widely as possible in this venture. The area is important to local people and is seen as offering a tranquil haven with its delightful wooden birds and animals and picnic table adding to the attraction. "We look forward to surveying the site in the summer and working with Montgomery Town Council for the benefit of the site, the wildlife that lives there and the local people." - MWT Considerable thanks are due to Jeny Heard who for some 12 years has organised regular local volunteer work groups at the Pool and advised on correct management to ensure a good environment for wildlife whilst keeping trees, hedgerows, invasive species and reed growth within bounds. Jeny has had many years working as a volunteer with MWT, and is currently a Warden at Roundton Reserve so she has brought an immense amount of knowledge and experience to benefit the site. She is also a bird recorder and will be regularly seen down at the somewhat larger lake on the Lymore Estate noting species and numbers. After many years Jeny is stepping back from an organising role but is sure to continue to take an active interest, particularly with MWT involvement. The site is owned by the Town Council who send a resounding vote of thanks to Jeny for all she has done both at the Pool and in engaging the community with the site. Photo: Jeny Heard at Whitegates Pool (Image credit: David Wilson)