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Monmouth voted one of the top places to live in the UK

The Welsh borders town of Monmouth has been named as one of the best places to live in the UK according to the Sunday Times

It's been given a 'special mention' in a survey that takes in everything from crime rates to house prices and school performance. Our Correspondent Richard Morgan has been to find out what makes the place so special.

Monmouth in top four places to live in UK

Monmouth is one of the top four places to live in the UK, according to the Sunday Times Credit: ITV News

Monmouth is one of the top four places to live in the UK, according to a new list compiled by the Sunday Times.

The Monmouthshire town is described as having "a charm of its own," with good transport links and independent schools with reasonable fees and good exam results.

The list includes 11 Welsh towns:

  • Abergavenny, Monmouthshire,

  • Abersoch, Gwynedd,

  • Brecon, Powys,

  • Cardigan, Ceredigion,

  • Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan,

  • Hawarden, Flintshire,

  • Laugharne, Carmarthenshire,

  • Monmouth, Monmouthshire,

  • Rhossili, Gower,

  • Tenby, Pembrokeshire,

  • Whitchurch, Cardiff.

Brecon, Hawarden, Monmouth, Rhossili, Tenby and Whitchurch, are appearing in the list for the first time.

The 101 towns on the list were selected for offering "the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces."


Woman airlifted to hospital after A40 crash

A woman has been air-lifted to the Heath hospital in Cardiff with serious leg injuries, following a crash on the A40 this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the crash, involving two vehicles, near the Gibraltar Tunnels in Monmouth just after midday.

One of the cars left the road, falling down an embankment into trees. It was driven by a man in his fifties, with a woman and two children as passengers.

The man and children were taken to Neville Hall Hospital with minor injuries

The other car is believed to be a black Ford Fiesta or Ford Focus, being driven by a white man aged between 20-30 years old.

The car was last seen turning left at the traffic lights into Monmouth.

The northbound A40 has been closed and diversions are in place.

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Pictures: Flooding in Monmouth

The River Monnow in Monmouth has risen Credit: Viewer's picture / Megan Davies

There are currently two flood warnings in place, for the River Wye at Monmouth, and the Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen to Trevalyn Meadows.

There are 19 flood alerts in place for areas across Wales.

Water covers the sports pitches in Monmouth Credit: Viewer's picture / Megan Davies

Monmouth businesses raise concerns over potential fast-food restaurant

McDonald’s is the world’s largest restaurant chain with more than 34,000 restaurants worldwide Credit: PA Images

Owners of independent shops and cafes in Monmouth say they're worried they'll lose business if plans to build a McDonalds on the outskirts of town go ahead.

The suggested development would also include a pub, a coffee chain and a new vets.

Despite opposition to the plans, others argue the development will be good news for the local economy.

McDonalds say their outlet alone would create up to 65 jobs.

The planning application is still being considered.

Monmouthshire council says whatever the outcome, all measures will be taken to ensure the town's economy is not undermined.

Sharon Brace, a local cafe owner said:

"I chose to set up in Monmouth is because there's so many small independent retailers.

"There's a real support for that in the town and what worries me is if a McDonald's is built on the outskirts, you're going to get a lot of people passing Monmouth completely and missing out on all the wonderful trade we've got here."


UHW apology after woman's false miscarriage diagnosis

The University Hospital of Wales has been forced to admit it failed to follow guidelines in the way it diagnosed miscarriages.

Flaws came to light after a woman from Monmouth was wrongly told she had miscarried nine weeks into her pregnancy. Now they've set up a helpline to support other women who might be affected.

Alexandra Lodge reports.

Health board admit failure for misdiagnosing pregnancy

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Executive Director of Nursing, Ruth Walker, offered the Board’s unreserved apologies to Emily Wheatley for misdiagnosing her pregnancy. The Board has accepted the Ombudsman’s recommendations and assures the public it has now updated it's protocols.

"We do not underestimate the distress we have caused and are genuinely sorry that it has taken an Ombudsman’s report for her to receive the answers she deserved. What happened is absolutely unacceptable"

“While we now have protocols in place within the Obstetrics and Gynaecology directorate that comply with best practice, we have decided to go beyond the Ombudsman’s recommendations and undertake a review of the way we care for women in the early stages of pregnancy. "

The Health Board understands there may be current or former patients who have concerns about their experience of early pregnancy scans whilst in their care. They've opened a helpline to support anyone who wants to talk through issues relating to their care. The UHB helpline number is 0800 952 0244

Monmouth mum's false miscarriage diagnosis

Emily Wheatley and baby daughter, Ella who is now 8 months old. Credit: ITV News

A mother from Monmouth was told by midwives at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff that she had suffered a 'silent miscarriage'. 24 hours later, Emily Wheatley had another scan at a different hospital which revealed she was still pregnant.

The health ombudsman for Wales found the Health Board had failed to implement guidelines issued by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) that were designed to prevent the misdiagnosis of early pregnancy loss.

The health board has now been ordered to review its procedures, apologise to Emily and pay her £1,500 in recognition of the inconvenience and expense incurred in obtaining alternative antenatal care.

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