What you think the merged Newport - Monmouthshire council and Gwent's valleys super-council should be called

South Wales Argus: Top ten ideas for new council names Top ten ideas for new council names

WITH the news that Newport and Monmouthshire could be merged and Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen and Caerphilly could join as one super-authority, we've asked Argus readers what they should be called.

Here are ten we've had so far.

  1. NewportMon
  2. Monport
  3. Non-mouthshire
  4. Usk Valley
  5. Gwent 1 and Gwent 2
  6. Newmouth
  7. Blaentorphilly
  8. Newshire
  9. New Monmouthshire
  10. Gwent

 

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1:50pm Mon 20 Jan 14

brainfreeze says...

Mordor
Mordor brainfreeze

2:29pm Mon 20 Jan 14

phil edwards says...

Eastern Valleys County Borough Council
Eastern Valleys County Borough Council phil edwards

2:37pm Mon 20 Jan 14

heresphil says...

Wye and Usk Council (so complainers can ask the rhetorical question Wye Us(k)?)

'Port and 'Mouth

Or, if we want to keep Sir Terry sweet, just call it all Vale of Usk like the Celtic Manor's bogus address.
Wye and Usk Council (so complainers can ask the rhetorical question Wye Us(k)?) 'Port and 'Mouth Or, if we want to keep Sir Terry sweet, just call it all Vale of Usk like the Celtic Manor's bogus address. heresphil

2:39pm Mon 20 Jan 14

DavidMclean says...

Brightville?
Brightville? DavidMclean

2:41pm Mon 20 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

brainfreeze wrote:
Mordor
I laughed so hard I just sprayed coffee over my laptop.

Oh please let it be Mordor...pleasepleas
eplease

Gwent one and Gwent two? Which idiot thought that one up?

I bet that they don't come up with anything more imaginative than 'Newport and Monmouth Council' and 'South Wales Valleys council'
[quote][p][bold]brainfreeze[/bold] wrote: Mordor[/p][/quote]I laughed so hard I just sprayed coffee over my laptop. Oh please let it be Mordor...pleasepleas eplease Gwent one and Gwent two? Which idiot thought that one up? I bet that they don't come up with anything more imaginative than 'Newport and Monmouth Council' and 'South Wales Valleys council' GardenVarietyMushroom

2:51pm Mon 20 Jan 14

marchog says...

East Gwent and West Gwent
East Gwent and West Gwent marchog

2:58pm Mon 20 Jan 14

WELSH BUDDAH says...

Go back to Gwent surely that would be easier, why they changed it god only knows or the idiot who did. I bet this will cost some money and some arguments. Surely they have known for a long time that 22 authorities is to many for Wales. And if Newport and Monmouth want to be together then let it be but Gwent back as it used to be I think would be much better and money saved over time. Start the cuts at the top and work down. Why do we need a council leader in Torfaen, Newport, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouth.all on about a salary of about 120.000 + a year its a farce and a joke and taxpayers are not getting value for money the leaders are lining only their own pockets.
Go back to Gwent surely that would be easier, why they changed it god only knows or the idiot who did. I bet this will cost some money and some arguments. Surely they have known for a long time that 22 authorities is to many for Wales. And if Newport and Monmouth want to be together then let it be but Gwent back as it used to be I think would be much better and money saved over time. Start the cuts at the top and work down. Why do we need a council leader in Torfaen, Newport, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouth.all on about a salary of about 120.000 + a year its a farce and a joke and taxpayers are not getting value for money the leaders are lining only their own pockets. WELSH BUDDAH

3:06pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Vox Dei says...

marchog wrote:
East Gwent and West Gwent
Only the Argus could come up with that abomination.
[quote][p][bold]marchog[/bold] wrote: East Gwent and West Gwent[/p][/quote]Only the Argus could come up with that abomination. Vox Dei

3:16pm Mon 20 Jan 14

welshmen says...

Newport Mon....as was....
Newport Mon....as was.... welshmen

3:25pm Mon 20 Jan 14

spanner100 says...

Nothing new....GWENT!!!!.
Nothing new....GWENT!!!!. spanner100

3:27pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Dolieboy says...

Nohope Vale
Nohope Vale Dolieboy

3:55pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Lastpost says...

It's got to be NEMO.

With an animated clown fish at the helm and a wreck of an old boat already in place then finding Nemo as our new name should be no surprise.
It's got to be NEMO. With an animated clown fish at the helm and a wreck of an old boat already in place then finding Nemo as our new name should be no surprise. Lastpost

4:29pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Woodgnome says...

What a silly piece. Drivel.
What a silly piece. Drivel. Woodgnome

4:34pm Mon 20 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

New-Newport
ReNewport

i could get a job at one of these councils with these excellent names i reckon!

ANYTHING but vale of usk
New-Newport ReNewport i could get a job at one of these councils with these excellent names i reckon! ANYTHING but vale of usk whatintheworld

6:15pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Monmouthshire Merlin says...

welshmen wrote:
Newport Mon....as was....
Absolutely perfect. No confusion, covers both former county boroughs.
However, I suspect it wil have to be something in Welsh.
Shall I open a book any takers?
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Newport Mon....as was....[/p][/quote]Absolutely perfect. No confusion, covers both former county boroughs. However, I suspect it wil have to be something in Welsh. Shall I open a book any takers? Monmouthshire Merlin

6:17pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Greater Siluria:)
Greater Siluria:) Katie Re-Registered

6:50pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

No, seriously...I could see it now: 'The Adventures of Asterix and Obelix in the Land of the Silurians':)!
No, seriously...I could see it now: 'The Adventures of Asterix and Obelix in the Land of the Silurians':)! Katie Re-Registered

7:26pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Militibus Oppressi says...

Monmouthshire
Monmouthshire Militibus Oppressi

7:26pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Dee-Gee says...

I really hope it's Gwent, just so's I can imagine the look on the face of the chap who used to post here all the time "Gwent was the result of a failed local government experiment... blah blah... disbanded SEVENTEEN years ago!" every time the Argus used the G-word :)
I really hope it's Gwent, just so's I can imagine the look on the face of the chap who used to post here all the time "Gwent was the result of a failed local government experiment... blah blah... disbanded SEVENTEEN years ago!" every time the Argus used the G-word :) Dee-Gee

8:31pm Mon 20 Jan 14

mvaone says...

gwent would be mine as the police force is already known as this just makes sense
gwent would be mine as the police force is already known as this just makes sense mvaone

9:24pm Mon 20 Jan 14

pbhj says...

"Marchia Walliae" then nationalists can't claim we're wrong to use a modern language for the name.
"Marchia Walliae" [Latin for "Welsh Marches"] then nationalists can't claim we're wrong to use a modern language for the name. pbhj

9:28pm Mon 20 Jan 14

keithbob says...

polskigwent?
polskigwent? keithbob

9:36pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Militibus Oppressi says...

mvaone wrote:
gwent would be mine as the police force is already known as this just makes sense
It's a different area!
[quote][p][bold]mvaone[/bold] wrote: gwent would be mine as the police force is already known as this just makes sense[/p][/quote]It's a different area! Militibus Oppressi

9:39pm Mon 20 Jan 14

askiro says...

Don't really mind what they call it just as long as al the councillors in Newport lose there positions. They've done nothing for this Town (City, haha) apart from drag it to the ground and turned a once bustling centre into a ghost town.
Don't really mind what they call it just as long as al the councillors in Newport lose there positions. They've done nothing for this Town (City, haha) apart from drag it to the ground and turned a once bustling centre into a ghost town. askiro

10:39pm Mon 20 Jan 14

real comment says...

YOU CAN SEE IT NOW. A LOVELY NEW MULTI-MULTI-MULTI MILLION POUND ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE AND ASSEMBLE HALL. COULD BE 50 TO 100 MILLION POUNDS
YOU CAN SEE IT NOW. A LOVELY NEW MULTI-MULTI-MULTI MILLION POUND ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE AND ASSEMBLE HALL. COULD BE 50 TO 100 MILLION POUNDS real comment

2:08am Tue 21 Jan 14

Thinking heads says...

This is based on the rivers that cover the area. I came up with ?
SWERAUN.
Now you should know them of course N is Newport.
This is based on the rivers that cover the area. I came up with ? SWERAUN. Now you should know them of course N is Newport. Thinking heads

2:13am Tue 21 Jan 14

Charles Street says...

Newport and Monmouthshire for one and Gwent Valleys for the other would make sense. How will this reorganisation fit in with the proposed City Region idea?
It is bizarre that we have 22 local authorities in Wales with a population of 3 million. What a waste of resources. We do just seem to love having committees here and constantly tinkering with lines on maps etc. Too many little Napoleons in Wales, especially in the Valleys. Look at the mess Caerphilly have got into. Calling much of the Gwent Valleys Caerphilly (a small town in old Glamorgan) was odd anyway.
Newport and Monmouthshire for one and Gwent Valleys for the other would make sense. How will this reorganisation fit in with the proposed City Region idea? It is bizarre that we have 22 local authorities in Wales with a population of 3 million. What a waste of resources. We do just seem to love having committees here and constantly tinkering with lines on maps etc. Too many little Napoleons in Wales, especially in the Valleys. Look at the mess Caerphilly have got into. Calling much of the Gwent Valleys Caerphilly (a small town in old Glamorgan) was odd anyway. Charles Street

6:33am Tue 21 Jan 14

Llanmartinangel says...

The democratic people's republic of Cymru-istan. Just like most places with 'democratic' in the name it usually isn't. And whatever we wanted the WAG will Welshify it. Of that you can be sure.
The democratic people's republic of Cymru-istan. Just like most places with 'democratic' in the name it usually isn't. And whatever we wanted the WAG will Welshify it. Of that you can be sure. Llanmartinangel

8:17am Tue 21 Jan 14

Cefn17 says...

Militibus Oppressi wrote:
Monmouthshire
I'm with Monmouthshire
[quote][p][bold]Militibus Oppressi[/bold] wrote: Monmouthshire[/p][/quote]I'm with Monmouthshire Cefn17

8:41am Tue 21 Jan 14

county mad says...

Desolation central and desolation north or Labour rotton boroughs 1&2 or Carwyns'calamity and Carwyns' catastrophy
Desolation central and desolation north or Labour rotton boroughs 1&2 or Carwyns'calamity and Carwyns' catastrophy county mad

9:14am Tue 21 Jan 14

Newport Citizen says...

Cefn17 wrote:
Militibus Oppressi wrote:
Monmouthshire
I'm with Monmouthshire
Me three.
[quote][p][bold]Cefn17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Militibus Oppressi[/bold] wrote: Monmouthshire[/p][/quote]I'm with Monmouthshire[/p][/quote]Me three. Newport Citizen

11:57am Tue 21 Jan 14

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

Caerphilly, Torfaen & Blaenau Gwent? Favourite must be Dystopia, runner up: Airstrip One. I wonder what the Ministry of Plenty thinks about this?
Caerphilly, Torfaen & Blaenau Gwent? Favourite must be Dystopia, runner up: Airstrip One. I wonder what the Ministry of Plenty thinks about this? Raymond Luxury-Yacht

3:41pm Tue 21 Jan 14

RosieBRose says...

WELSH BUDDAH wrote:
Go back to Gwent surely that would be easier, why they changed it god only knows or the idiot who did. I bet this will cost some money and some arguments. Surely they have known for a long time that 22 authorities is to many for Wales. And if Newport and Monmouth want to be together then let it be but Gwent back as it used to be I think would be much better and money saved over time. Start the cuts at the top and work down. Why do we need a council leader in Torfaen, Newport, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouth.all on about a salary of about 120.000 + a year its a farce and a joke and taxpayers are not getting value for money the leaders are lining only their own pockets.
Even today on the internet when filling in automated forms, we start to type our address in and Gwent still comes up. So save the fuss keep it simple, cut the silliness and lets move on. Gwent still works obviously always did before!
[quote][p][bold]WELSH BUDDAH[/bold] wrote: Go back to Gwent surely that would be easier, why they changed it god only knows or the idiot who did. I bet this will cost some money and some arguments. Surely they have known for a long time that 22 authorities is to many for Wales. And if Newport and Monmouth want to be together then let it be but Gwent back as it used to be I think would be much better and money saved over time. Start the cuts at the top and work down. Why do we need a council leader in Torfaen, Newport, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouth.all on about a salary of about 120.000 + a year its a farce and a joke and taxpayers are not getting value for money the leaders are lining only their own pockets.[/p][/quote]Even today on the internet when filling in automated forms, we start to type our address in and Gwent still comes up. So save the fuss keep it simple, cut the silliness and lets move on. Gwent still works obviously always did before! RosieBRose

4:05pm Tue 21 Jan 14

schlep says...

Surely we only need one authority in Gwent as we only have one health board. please!!!
Surely we only need one authority in Gwent as we only have one health board. please!!! schlep

4:14pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Gareth says...

South East Wales Council
South East Wales Council Gareth

8:51pm Tue 21 Jan 14

evans07 says...

back 2 newport gwent /newport mon as it was many years ago
back 2 newport gwent /newport mon as it was many years ago evans07

11:37pm Tue 21 Jan 14

snafu1 says...

Fubar
Fubar snafu1

2:44pm Wed 22 Jan 14

fieldsof fields says...

"West England"
"West England" fieldsof fields

4:54pm Wed 22 Jan 14

legend01 says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
m
wrote:
brainfreeze wrote:
Mordor
I laughed so hard I just sprayed coffee over my laptop.

Oh please let it be Mordor...pleasepleas

eplease

Gwent one and Gwent two? Which idiot thought that one up?

I bet that they don't come up with anything more imaginative than 'Newport and Monmouth Council' and 'South Wales Valleys council'
Whose got the most potholes ?
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brainfreeze[/bold] wrote: Mordor[/p][/quote]I laughed so hard I just sprayed coffee over my laptop. Oh please let it be Mordor...pleasepleas eplease Gwent one and Gwent two? Which idiot thought that one up? I bet that they don't come up with anything more imaginative than 'Newport and Monmouth Council' and 'South Wales Valleys council'[/p][/quote]Whose got the most potholes ? legend01

5:28pm Wed 22 Jan 14

merlin the silure says...

the peoplesdemocraticrep
ublicofsiluriansouth
easternnonalignedcos
mopolitanabandonhope
allyeewhoenter.
the peoplesdemocraticrep ublicofsiluriansouth easternnonalignedcos mopolitanabandonhope allyeewhoenter. merlin the silure

7:39pm Wed 22 Jan 14

foxy3rd says...

It always was Gwent from Roman times , until , big cousin next door Henry VIII decided to call it Monmouthshire when he brought all the shire names into being in Wales. I know the cross-borderers wont like it but I'd like to see it go back to it's original British name of Gwent. I am proud of it,s history, resistance to invaders, the Gwent Bowmen at Agincourt etc. (never the Monmouthshire Bowmen).
It always was Gwent from Roman times , until , big cousin next door Henry VIII decided to call it Monmouthshire when he brought all the shire names into being in Wales. I know the cross-borderers wont like it but I'd like to see it go back to it's original British name of Gwent. I am proud of it,s history, resistance to invaders, the Gwent Bowmen at Agincourt etc. (never the Monmouthshire Bowmen). foxy3rd

10:55pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Mwy Eira says...

foxy3rd wrote:
It always was Gwent from Roman times , until , big cousin next door Henry VIII decided to call it Monmouthshire when he brought all the shire names into being in Wales. I know the cross-borderers wont like it but I'd like to see it go back to it's original British name of Gwent. I am proud of it,s history, resistance to invaders, the Gwent Bowmen at Agincourt etc. (never the Monmouthshire Bowmen).
Agreed. Monmouthshire was an entirely English creation because rich English landowners also didn't want to be associated with being in Wales. All to do with snobbery and money (things haven't changed!) Heny VIII created it in 1536 out of the Welsh marsher kingdoms, so the fact that it was part of the 'Welsh' marshes kind of says it all. Everything east of Offa's Dyke was always considered to be Welsh by both sides and will always will be part of Wales and all the name change did in 1976 was confirm this and remove the long standing confusion.
[quote][p][bold]foxy3rd[/bold] wrote: It always was Gwent from Roman times , until , big cousin next door Henry VIII decided to call it Monmouthshire when he brought all the shire names into being in Wales. I know the cross-borderers wont like it but I'd like to see it go back to it's original British name of Gwent. I am proud of it,s history, resistance to invaders, the Gwent Bowmen at Agincourt etc. (never the Monmouthshire Bowmen).[/p][/quote]Agreed. Monmouthshire was an entirely English creation because rich English landowners also didn't want to be associated with being in Wales. All to do with snobbery and money (things haven't changed!) Heny VIII created it in 1536 out of the Welsh marsher kingdoms, so the fact that it was part of the 'Welsh' marshes kind of says it all. Everything east of Offa's Dyke was always considered to be Welsh by both sides and will always will be part of Wales and all the name change did in 1976 was confirm this and remove the long standing confusion. Mwy Eira

1:03pm Thu 23 Jan 14

smidgen says...

After recent events why not call it Gangland ?
After recent events why not call it Gangland ? smidgen

1:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

Mwy Eira wrote:
foxy3rd wrote:
It always was Gwent from Roman times , until , big cousin next door Henry VIII decided to call it Monmouthshire when he brought all the shire names into being in Wales. I know the cross-borderers wont like it but I'd like to see it go back to it's original British name of Gwent. I am proud of it,s history, resistance to invaders, the Gwent Bowmen at Agincourt etc. (never the Monmouthshire Bowmen).
Agreed. Monmouthshire was an entirely English creation because rich English landowners also didn't want to be associated with being in Wales. All to do with snobbery and money (things haven't changed!) Heny VIII created it in 1536 out of the Welsh marsher kingdoms, so the fact that it was part of the 'Welsh' marshes kind of says it all. Everything east of Offa's Dyke was always considered to be Welsh by both sides and will always will be part of Wales and all the name change did in 1976 was confirm this and remove the long standing confusion.
Calling it Monmouthshire may elevate the status of the area.
But of course the left wing socialists would rather us have a name that denotes no hope and is synonymous with Blaeneau Gwent, which is known to be the worst performing area in the EU.
My Countrymen will always be losers as they have no wish to improve their situation, just moan about people who have been successful.
No wonder the English look down on the Welsh with attitudes like the one above.
Says it all really.
[quote][p][bold]Mwy Eira[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]foxy3rd[/bold] wrote: It always was Gwent from Roman times , until , big cousin next door Henry VIII decided to call it Monmouthshire when he brought all the shire names into being in Wales. I know the cross-borderers wont like it but I'd like to see it go back to it's original British name of Gwent. I am proud of it,s history, resistance to invaders, the Gwent Bowmen at Agincourt etc. (never the Monmouthshire Bowmen).[/p][/quote]Agreed. Monmouthshire was an entirely English creation because rich English landowners also didn't want to be associated with being in Wales. All to do with snobbery and money (things haven't changed!) Heny VIII created it in 1536 out of the Welsh marsher kingdoms, so the fact that it was part of the 'Welsh' marshes kind of says it all. Everything east of Offa's Dyke was always considered to be Welsh by both sides and will always will be part of Wales and all the name change did in 1976 was confirm this and remove the long standing confusion.[/p][/quote]Calling it Monmouthshire may elevate the status of the area. But of course the left wing socialists would rather us have a name that denotes no hope and is synonymous with Blaeneau Gwent, which is known to be the worst performing area in the EU. My Countrymen will always be losers as they have no wish to improve their situation, just moan about people who have been successful. No wonder the English look down on the Welsh with attitudes like the one above. Says it all really. Cymru Am Beth

6:39pm Thu 23 Jan 14

smidgen says...

Oh so Gangland it is then
Oh so Gangland it is then smidgen

6:24am Fri 24 Jan 14

snafu1 says...

even more crooked than the last .
even more crooked than the last . snafu1

11:32am Fri 24 Jan 14

AnneWareham says...

WELSH BUDDAH wrote:
Go back to Gwent surely that would be easier, why they changed it god only knows or the idiot who did. I bet this will cost some money and some arguments. Surely they have known for a long time that 22 authorities is to many for Wales. And if Newport and Monmouth want to be together then let it be but Gwent back as it used to be I think would be much better and money saved over time. Start the cuts at the top and work down. Why do we need a council leader in Torfaen, Newport, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouth.all on about a salary of about 120.000 + a year its a farce and a joke and taxpayers are not getting value for money the leaders are lining only their own pockets.
I didn't vote plus one. I voted Noooooo!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]WELSH BUDDAH[/bold] wrote: Go back to Gwent surely that would be easier, why they changed it god only knows or the idiot who did. I bet this will cost some money and some arguments. Surely they have known for a long time that 22 authorities is to many for Wales. And if Newport and Monmouth want to be together then let it be but Gwent back as it used to be I think would be much better and money saved over time. Start the cuts at the top and work down. Why do we need a council leader in Torfaen, Newport, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouth.all on about a salary of about 120.000 + a year its a farce and a joke and taxpayers are not getting value for money the leaders are lining only their own pockets.[/p][/quote]I didn't vote plus one. I voted Noooooo!!!!!! AnneWareham

5:21pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Ffroggy says...

Monmouthshire and Newport should be Monmouthshire, because even after all these years Newport residents have to say they live in Mon because there is never a choice of anything else on those county choices on line. And the rest should be Gwent. I would rather us all be Gwent but that isn't going to happen.
Monmouthshire and Newport should be Monmouthshire, because even after all these years Newport residents have to say they live in Mon because there is never a choice of anything else on those county choices on line. And the rest should be Gwent. I would rather us all be Gwent but that isn't going to happen. Ffroggy

8:51pm Fri 24 Jan 14

bugsy93 says...

It is not the names that need changing, It's the incompetent 'fat-cat' buffoons within the Councils that 's draining the resources that need sorting out.
It is not the names that need changing, It's the incompetent 'fat-cat' buffoons within the Councils that 's draining the resources that need sorting out. bugsy93

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