Rogerstone Community Council

For over one hundred years such a Parish or Community Council has existed in the area to manage and control the 80 or so acres of land and facilities donated to the village in the form of land, by a former Lord Tredegar. Residents of Rogerstone have consistently chosen not to pass these facilities to any other authority and therefore require the Community Council to manage them on their behalf. A local precept is levied for these services as Newport City Council will not provide any financial support for these facilities.

The Community Council, which meets monthly, is led by fifteen local Community Councillors (receiving no salary or expenses), serving three wards. The staff of the Council at present comprises of two full time employees, four part time employees and three part time seasonal employees. The Council controls the Welfare Grounds at Tregwilym Road, which comprises: a community hall with meeting and changing rooms, a children's playground, trim trail, multi-use games area, outdoor table tennis, outdoor chess tables, two full size football pitches, two mini football pitches (seasonal), one grass cricket pitch, one artificial cricket wicket, two tennis courts, riverside walks, nature areas, a pond, picnic and barbeque areas, public toilets, and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities. Other open spaces are at High Cross, Cefn Wood (including woodland area), and Mount Pleasant. There are two allotment sites at Bethesda Place and Cefn Road. All of these facilities have to be serviced and maintained and are available to all residents in the area.

Financial assistance is provided to local non-profit making organisations, such as, sports/ children’s/ senior citizens /arts groups.

Community (or former Parish) Councils are usually formed in rural areas, e.g. Graig (Bassaleg & Rhiwderin), Penhow, Marshfield etc. and do not exist in urban areas, e.g. Lliswerry, St Woolos etc.

The precept is determined annually by the Community Council who are answerable to local residents, but without this precept the facilities & services could not be provided. No other Community Council in the City of Newport owns land, employs staff, or controls local services in the way that Rogerstone has chosen to do, hence the unique situation in this area.

The Welfare Grounds provide excellent standards of facilities for all residents, with the open spaces provided for all to enjoy. Local groups and organisations acknowledge the support for both practical and financial given to them by the Community Council.