ABERGAVENNY’S double Olympic medal winner Becky James unveiled a community information screen in her home town yesterday morning.

The cyclist was joined by Monmouthshire Council chairman Jim Higginson and the mayor of Abergavenny councillor Chris Woodhouse on High Street near the market building.

The switching on of Abergavenny’s digital information screen is the first time a local authority in Wales has installed such devices.

County councillor Geoff Burrows, the council’s cabinet member for social care, safeguarding and health said: “Digital information boards are widely used in countries like France and are a very effective way of getting messages across.

“This will benefit people who tend not to have access to traditional methods of communication and it will assist in providing help to receive local services.”

The board will improve the ability of the county council to communicate directly with people and provide county-wide and local news.

Two more information boards are planned for Abergavenny at a later stage and Monmouthshire County Council will introduce similar facilities in other Monmouthshire towns.

Information will not be limited to council events, advice and news. And local organisations, other public services and businesses will also enjoy access.