May 2002

A planning application has been submitted for a drive-through restaurant, a 'bulky non-food retail outlet' and offices on the Severn Bridge Industrial Estate at Caldicot. The developers, Beacon Estates, claim that the new units could create 'hundreds' of jobs but local traders have opposed the scheme, arguing that it will further damage businesses in the struggling town centre.

A special meeting of Caldicot Town Council was called to discuss a motorway link with the B4245 near Caldicot to improve access and to cut congestion through Rogiet, Undy and Magor. It was pointed out that the traffic flow on the B4245 is 90% of the M48 and that the volume of traffic was causing long queues through the villages. The council called for the Welsh Assembly to conduct a feasibility study.

Officials from the French town of Morieres have asked to be twinned with Caldicot. Representatives of the French town had visited Caldicot incognito earlier in the year. Caldicot Town Councillors then organised a return visit. A decision will be made in September.

The play area in the King George V playing fields, which was closed last year after failing a safety inspection, has been reopened following the installation of new play equipment and a safety surface. The play equipment, which cost 23,000, was paid for by Caldicot Town Council, while the safety surface was sponsored by Wilkinson's.

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