Local councillors for Mitchel Troy and Trellech ward Cllr Richard John and Cllr Jayne McKenna have this week hosted a visit from Council Leader Mary Ann Brocklesby highlighting the big issues in the rural villages they represent.

The councillors spent half a day visiting villages in the Wye Valley including Llanishen, Catbrook, Trellech, The Narth, Penallt, as well as Mitchel Troy and Dingestow and meeting several local residents.

Cllr Jayne McKenna said, “It was a pleasure to show Mary Ann the wide range of issues in these rural villages, which can be quite different to the challenges residents face in Monmouthshire’s towns.

“We discussed a wide range of issues including how to support local businesses, improving road safety, protecting vital bus routes, tackling rural isolation and broadband.”

Cllr Richard John added, “We’re very grateful to Mary Ann for being so generous with her time so she could see first-hand the rurality of the communities we represent, meet some residents and discuss with us what the council can do to improve services for people who live in rural areas.

“Jayne and I are lucky to represent such a beautiful part of Monmouthshire and it was a pleasure to share the work we do in our ward to support residents.”

Council Leader Mary Ann Brocklesby said, “I am very grateful to Cllrs Richard John and Jayne Mckenna in giving me the opportunity to see in person the issues affecting their ward and meet some of their residents. As a rural Councillor myself, I understand and share their concerns. I look forward to working with them in addressing these important issues that matter to our rural residents.”