Conservative Councillor for Rogerstone Ward, Newport Valerie Dudley has lived in Rogerstone for 45 years, coming to the area with her husband’s job at
the Statistics Office in Newport.
Having always been interested in local issues, I became a senior supervisor at Mt. Pleasant School and joined the Resident’s Association in the 70’s and was also one of the founder members of the Ty Du Playgroup set up between Rogerstone Community Council and Job Creation in 1976.
In 1987 I was elected to represent the North Ward on Rogerstone Community Council where I have served for 30 years. During this time I have been Chairperson twice and have sat on all of the sub-committees, as well as being a member of the Rogerstone/Bassaleg Joint Burial Board which manages the much valued Burial ground in Bassaleg.
In 2005, a committee of Rogerstone Community Councillors and other interested residents was formed to bring about the Rogerstone Village Festival which ran very successfully for 9 years until the drainage at the Welfare Ground’s Football field became a necessity due to flooding every year. This was solved at great expense, paid for by the sale of the Bethesda field . It was an event which put Rogerstone on the map and brought thousands of people together for a fantastic day.
In 2008 I was elected to Newport City Council and was a member of a number of Overview and Scrutiny Committees. This gave me valuable insight into the financial running of the City Council and its assets and responsibilities. I also gained knowledge of the needs and problems of the elderly, the young, the disabled, the homeless and those leaving prison. For a short while I became a Director of Newport Transport, and for four years, a Director of the Newport Housing Trust which took over the prefabs in the city and rebuilt them as very attractive bungalows for the elderly (neither of these directorships involved any financial gain).
During my time with NCC I was appointed deputy chair of the Planning Committee which was instrumental in bringing Friars Walk to the city as well as improving the footfall and success of our once thriving Indoor Market. What has happened to it since then? Lastly but definitely not least, I felt very privileged to sit on the Social Services Adoption Committee. It was a joy to see some lucky children welcomed into loving, caring families, often after very upsetting and disturbing beginnings.
Three of her daughters' attended Mt. Pleasant Primary school, and then Bassaleg Comprehensive, so local issues are very relevant to me. I believe the smaller issues like potholes, hazardous pavements, refuse collections, street lighting, dog fouling, fly tipping are what matters most to people and these are what I tried hard to resolve and hope to do so again.
Valerie is always available to help residents and the wider community of Newport - so please feel free to get in touch with her via our secure Contact page.