December 2009

Caldicot town councillor and green activist Anthony Perrett planted 175 saplings on the edge of the playing field at Caldicot Comprehensive School as part of a continuing campaign against proposals to build a supermarket on the site. School authorities said the proximity of the trees to a rugby pitch presented a health and safety problem meaning the pitch could not be used. Monmouthshire County Council informed councillor Parrett that unless he removed the trees he would be charged for the cost of the work. MCC workers subsequently removed the trees to Bulwark Cemetery, while Councillor Parrett was at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. A spokesman from MCC stated that no decision had been made on the future of the trees since they were still the property of Councillor Perrett.

Monmouthshire County Council put forward proposals to merge Green Lane Junior and West End Infants and Nursery Schools into a single newly built school on the Green Lane site. The proposal was part of the council’s plan to reduce surplus school places in the area. The new 210 pupil school would reduce school places by 117. It was announced that £5.6 million of the £7 million cost would come from the Welsh Assembly Government, while the remainder would come from MCC.

Plaid Cymru candidate Earl Harvey beat Labour’s Julian Porter to win the town council by-election in Dewstow ward. The by-election was caused by the resignation of Councillor John Marshall.

A report by a Monmouthshire County Council working party recommended that while the number of public toilets in the county should be cut, those at Caldicot Castle Country Park should remain open.

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