Rogerstone Grassroots 18/02/21

New COOP….. I was honoured to have been invited to officially open our new COOP store last Friday and to have played a small part in bringing this ethical trader back  to the heart of Rogerstone on the derelict former garage site conveniently close to the entrance of Jubilee Park, it was also good to (socially distant) meet manager Alex Cockburn who as become passionate about our community in Rogerstone, Alex told me ‘We’re really excited to launch the new Co-op store and create new jobs in Rogerstone. The store has a fantastic new look, increased range and customer car parking – we are very much looking forward to serving the local community’


River Route…. There’s been a lot of posts on socials media recently about a need to improve the ‘River Bank Route’ running  from just past  Afon Village along to the Welfare and on to Bassaleg, regular readers will recall I’ve been working across party lines with colleagues listening to neighbours who rightly want to see improvements made. Whilst discussions and proposals are ongoing, its important to remember this will be a potentially big project, we will only perhaps get one chance to do it right. That’s why I’m encouraging everyone to get involved in  the active travel consultation, which  is now live – You can pin point our River Route as a priority, the more people  that do so, the better, this is your opportunity to get involved, have your say and hopefully effect a potential change that will benefit our community for generations to come.


Beating For Two…. Rogerstone local Claire Sheppard has been in touch. Claire is part of Cardiomopathy UK’s national campaign Beating For Two #beatingfortwo. Which is raising awareness of pregnancy induced heart failure, medically known as Peri Partum Cardiomopathy (PPCM). As she herself was diagnosed with the condition 6 weeks after the birth of her son in 2014. Thanks to the expertise of the cardiac department in the Royal Gwent hospital her life was saved from this rare and potentially fatal condition. Cardiovascular disease is the  most common cause of maternal death in the UK, with PPCM accounting for one-third of cardiovascular maternal deaths. Many of the symptoms can be mis-diagnosed as Pre-eclampsia, this condition if left untreated can lead to series complications for mother and baby. That is why awareness amongst the medical community and general public is the focus of the campaign.  Symptoms usually show the last month or pregnancy or within the first five months after giving birth. These are tiredness completing everyday tasks, shortness of breath when at rest or lying down, sudden swelling of the ankles, and rapid weight gain. It is important that new mothers are aware they have someone they can speak with. Please visit for more information.


New Sergeant….. Rogerstone as a new Police Sergeant, Paul Turner , I’ve known Paul for several years since he covered Rogerstone in another role and I’m delighted he’s back keeping a eye on our patch, I asked Paul to pen a few words to contribute to this column this week, over to Paul ‘Hello everyone, I thought I’d take the opportunity to introduce myself. I am PS 1316 Paul Turner, the new Bettws/Rogerstone/Malpas ward Sergeant. It is with a great sense of pride that I have been given the role, having served the communities of Bettws, Malpas and Rogerstone for nearly 10 years. They are communities that I know well and I look forward to meeting and working with you once the current Covid restrictions allow. It is my sincere hope that by working together we can make our communities a better place to live and work. A lot of great work is being done already in the wider community but I want to take the opportunity to engage further with you and grow on this with a positive attitude to issues causing you concern. I have a great team of enthusiastic Police Officers and Community Support officers behind me and I have no doubt that we can make a difference in what is a constantly evolving and demanding world’ Thanks Paul its good to have you back. If you have any issues or concerns you’d like me to raise with Paul and the policing team give me a call anytime on 07778 279235, or if you prefer mail me to my council account

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