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CALDICOT NEWS 2019

January
DOGS RESCUED FROM FIRE
A house in Clos Rheidol was seriously damaged following a fire believed to be caused by an electrical fault. Four fire engines attended the scene. Local construction worker Ryan Cole was hailed a local hero when he rescued dogs from the burning house by breaking in and leading them to safety.
SCHOOL BANDINGS
The Welsh Government announced its banding results fro local schools. Ysgol Gymraeg Y Finn was the only Caldicot School to achieve a top ‘green’ banding. Dewstow school was rated in the second tier ‘yellow’ band. Caldicot Comprehensive, Durand and Castle Park were rated ‘amber’. There were no Caldicot schools in the lowest ‘red’ band


February
HOUSING DECISION REVIEWED
Monmouthshire County Council revealed that it would reconsider its decision to grant planning permission for 130 homes to be built near Church Road after discovering that its decision had been based on incorrect information relating to housing targets.
TRAINING COSTS
Caldicot couple Ros and Josh Hannam have raised with the Welsh Government the issue of the cost of training in British Sign Language for parents of deaf children after discovering that it could cost them £6000 to have sufficient lessons to allow them to communicate effectively with their child.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of February 2019 was a one bedroom ground floor flat in Church Road at £123,500. The cheapest house was a two bedroom semi-detached bungalow in Dunlin Avenue at £179,950. The most expensive was a five bedroom detached house on the site of the former Tippling Philosopher public house, at £499,950.


March
SCHOOL APPOINTS EXECUTIVE HEAD
The Governing Body at Caldicot School appointed Mr Marc Belli as ‘Executive Head’.  His role was to be in addition to his work as Head of Bishop of Llandaf School in Cardiff.  The move followed the Governors’ decision not to appoint following two rounds of applications and interviews, following the retirement of Susan Gwyer Roberts at Easter 2018.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of February 2019 was a one bedroom ground floor flat in Church Road at £123,500.  The cheapest house was a one bedroom terraced house in Keats Raod at £140,000.   The most expensive was a five bedroom detched house in monk’s Close off Sandy Lane at £489,950.

April
EASTER CELEBRATIONS
Large crowds visited Caldicot castle on Good Friday to take part in Easter events, including an egg hunt and an Easter bonnet parade. The event was organised by local community group Caldicot Community Working Together.
EMERGENCY HELP
It was announced that a defibrillator for public use would be installed outside Caldicot police station and all other police stations in Gwent.


May
CHARITY SHOP BREAK-IN
Thieves broke into St David’s charity shop in Caldicot. They failed in their attempt to steal money from the safe but caused damage valued at several thousand pounds and left part of the shop spattered with blood.
SCHOOL CUTS
Teachers unions reported that Caldicot Comprehensive School’s funding had been cut by £1.3 million -£456 per pupil since 2015.


June
PROMISE ON POLICING
Chief Superintendent Ian Roberts of Gwent Police admitted that the closure of front desk services at several police stations, including Caldicot, had a ‘psychological effect’ on communities but promised that policing would not be ‘watered down’ and that police would be drafted in from Newport if necessary. He pointed out that Monmouthshire remained a low crime area with three crimes a day being dealt with by police from Caldicot and Magor Police Stations.
INCREASED USE OF FOODBANK
Caldicot Foodbank made an appeal for donations of food after an upturn of use led to a fall in its stocks. The appeal came after a visit to the foodbank by local MP Jessica Morden.


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