STRIKE: Full list of Gwent public service closures

7:30am Wednesday 30th November 2011

PUBLIC services will be hit across Gwent tomorrow as the largest strike for a generation takes place.


Closures among Gwent's public services are as follows:


Website - Blaenau Gwent Council
Twitter - @BlaenauGwentCBC

Council buildings will be closed, including sports centres, cemeteries, libraries, adult education centres and day-centres. Some car parks will also be affected.

Recycling and waste collections will not take place. Collections for other days will be unaffected.

The council says it will operate an emergency only and "life and limb" situation, which will be accessible by calling on 01495 311556.

The following services will run:

Home Care/Extra Care
Cwrt Mytton residential care
Augusta House respite care
Supported Living, except admin
Adult Services Emergency cover
Children Services Emergency cover
Meals on Wheels
Homelessness ­emergency cover
Emergency stand-by cover ­ highways
winter maintenance
Emergency standby cover
building maintenance
dangerous structures
street lighting
Emergency standby cover - major incidents
Duty Referral Social Services Emergency out of hours service


Website - Caerphilly Council
Twitter - @CaerphillyCBC

All council officers will be closed to the public, while essential services for adults and children will be maintained using minimum staffing levels.

For emergency social services call: Adult services duty and information team on 0808 1002500 or the Children's services contact and referral team on 0808 1001727.
For all other emergencies call 01443 875500


Website - Monmouthshire Council
Twitter - @MonmouthshireCC

County Hall in Cwmbran will be closed. Abergavenny Town Hall, Market Hall, Borough Theatre and One Stop Shop will be closed.

The flea market, the Shop Mobility service and the evening show at the theatre are all cancelled.

There is likely to be some restrictions on waste normal collections. The majority of day care services have been cancelled. Residential care services will be open as usual.

Community meals and those domiciliary care visits that are scheduled for 30th November will continue.

There is provision for emergency contacts for vulnerable adults and children and some shared services will be continuing. If you have an emergency tel: 01291 426898 (9am-5pm). The council asks members of the public only to contact it if the matter is important or essential.

Offices/services open

All four leisure centres
@Innovation House, Magor
Chepstow Museum
Chepstow One Stop Shop
Chepstow Hanbury House
Chepstow Boverton house
Caldicot Library
Caldicot One Stop Shop
Monmouth Shire Hall
Monmouth Museum
Monmouth One Stop Shop
Monnow Vale, Monmouth
Abergavenny Museum
Abergavenny Library
Abergavenny Adult Education
Usk community education
Gilwern Education Centre
Y.O.T. Service at Mamhilad

The council said it would try to keep essential services operating.


Website - Newport Council

Newport council said that it had agreed exemptions with unions for some workers to ensure essential services continue operating.

The city contact centre will operate but callers may experience a longer than usual waiting time.

The following services will be closed:
All libraries will be closed except for Ringland and Maindee
Museum and Art Gallery
Register office
The Household Waste Recycling Centre and landfill sites.

Collections of refuse and orange-lidded bins will not take place on Wednesday. Instead, residents are asked to put out these bins by 7am on Saturday when the council will try to collect them.

It is possible that some bins may not be collected until early next week. Collections of doorstep recycling boxes by Wastesavers will not be affected.

The following services will be open:
Leisure centres
Newport Centre
Active Living Centre
Caerleon Golf course
Re-housing services office located at Newport's Bus Station (please note this is closed on a Wednesday afternoon)

Social services at the Corn Exchange ­ reception will be open and offering a limited service.
Garden of Remembrance.

Civic Centre main reception will be open and offering a limited service Council tax and housing benefits, Cambrian Road, will be open but services may be limited Parks including the grounds of Tredegar House The Riverfront Cambrian and Park Square car parks.


Website - Torfaen Council
Twitter - @torfaencouncil

Waste collections in the county are expected to be disrupted, although residents are told to put out their bins, boxes and cardboard as normal.

If no collection takes place, they should be brought in and put out by 7am for collection on Saturday December 3.

All libraries, leisure centres, civic buildings, customer care centres, community education and youth/play facilities will be closed.

Adult and Community Education facilities will remain open but learners are advised to contact their venue to confirm the class is running before leaving home.

The switchboard and Call Torfaen will both be open from 8am.

The council has said it would focus on maintaining services to vulnerable people.


Non-emergency counters at all stations other than Newport Central will be closed, although the force said there were plans to ensure services were largely unaffected.

It said the public can access police service on 101 for non-emergencies and 999 for emergencies.


Website - Coleg Gwent

All campuses closed to students.


Website - Anuerin Bevan Health Board

The health board said it is working with staff organisations to agree plans to ensure patient care is not compromised. Services that will be limited include:

Outpatients and surgery:

Some non urgent clinics will be affected and patients are being contacted by the Health Board if their appointment needs to be rescheduled.


The radiology departments at Nevill Hall Hospital, Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan, St Woolos Hospital, Royal Gwent Hospital and Chepstow Community Hospital will only undertake emergency and urgent work.

Accident and emergency:

Accident and emergency departments on all sites will operate, but services will be under additional pressures over the 24 hour period as the availability of staff and support services is affected.

Staff and public restaurants

All restaurants in the health board will be closed during the day and that visitors will need to make alternative arrangements for food.

Mental health:

Inpatient services and access to urgent treatment through community teams and on call doctors will be available. There may be some disruption to routine services.

Community services:

The majority of community services will be unaffected by industrial action.


Community midwifery will be providing a normal service in the community and in ante-natal clinics.

Health Visitors

Health Visiting will provide a normal service. However, clinics and staff that are based in schools that are closed due to strike action will be relocated for the day.

Community resource teams in the community

We do not anticipate disruption to the service.

District nursing

This service will be operating as over a bank holiday period.

GP services

GP out of hours services will function as usual but calls may be delayed. The health board asks that callers consider whether their problem can wait 24 hours until GP surgeries are open. There will be no repeat prescription or appointments/home visits unless the condition is clinically urgent. The board said it is not aware of problems with GP surgery services during normal hours, but said patients should check if they are unsure.

Hospital pharmacy services

Routine hospital pharmacy services will be affected, but urgent and essential medicines will be dispensed. Disruption isn¹t anticipated to community pharmacy services.

Emergency dental services

Emergency dental services will not be affected.


A spokesman said that the university is expecting lectures to be affected, and that the institution would try to keep students updated via the internet.


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