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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."

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Monmouthshire Council to discuss budget proposals

The council needs to make £9 million worth of savings next year Credit: PA

Monmouthshire council will meet today to decide how they can make cuts to their budget.

Ideas suggested by councillors so far include dimming some street lights and raising the cost of school meals.

The authority needs to save £9m in its budget for the next financial year and £20m over the next four years.

The council asked members of the public for their ideas last year and said it was looking seriously at some of them.

These included setting up a lottery, which could raise money for specific projects, increasing the price of school meals and reducing street sweepers.

Councils across Wales are currently reviewing services in response to a reduction in their budgets from the Welsh government.

Crack opens up on bank of Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal after bad weather

The canal has been closed between Govilon and Llanfoist Credit: Nicola Hendy/ITV News

A large crack has opened up alongside the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal due to bad weather.

Rain had made the bank unstable. The canal has been closed between Govilon and Llanfoist while repairs are being carried out.

Woman dies in A449 road crash

A 69-year-old woman has died in a car crash on the A449 in Monmouthshire.

Officers from the fire and ambulance service attended and dealt with the collision yesterday afternoon, which involved one vehicle.

The road between Raglan and Usk was closed southbound to allow emergency services to attend the scene - buy has now re-opened.

Another person was treated for minor injuries at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.

Anyone who saw the crash is asked to ring Gwent Police on 101 quoting log 419 27/12/13.

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Monmouthshire Council to discuss spending budget

Monmouthshire County Council's Cabinet will meet later today to discuss the authority's proposed budget for 2014-15.

The proposed budget would see education spending protected and social services spending increased.

However, the £9m fall in Welsh Government funding will mean the authority will look at other ways of delivering some of their services.

"The budget we are to discuss this week is tough. But it protects as many services as possible. However, we still need to find another £1 million worth of savings to ensure a balanced budget next year" - Cllr Phil Murphy

Campaign launched after toxic shock teen's death

Natasha Scott-Falber
Natasha Scott-Falber died from toxic shock syndrome Credit: Wales News Service

A teenager from Caerwent in Monmouthshire died suddenly from an ultra-rare infection after using a tampon for the first time.

Natasha Scott-Falber died on Valentine's Day five days after falling ill with what was thought to be the norovirus.

The 14-year-old's family now believe she died from toxic shock syndrome - a bacterial infection that affects just 40 people a year in the UK.

Her family have now launched a campaign to raise awareness of the condition so other sufferers spot the signs earlier.

TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME

The infection is caused when usually harmless Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus bacteria, which live on the skin, invade the bloodstream and produce dangerous toxins.

This causes a sudden high fever, a massive drop in blood pressure resulting in dizziness and confusion, and occasionally vomiting and diarrhoea.

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