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CALDICOT NEWS 2023

January
PLANS FOR MAJOR NEW DEVELOPMENT EAST OF CALDICOT
Monmouthshire County Council’s Revised Local Development Plan included proposals for a major new development in the area between Caldicot and Crick, designated ‘Caldicot East’. The proposal was for up to 925 homes to be built by 2033, half of which would be social or ‘affordable’ housing. There would also be an infrastructure plan with proposals for employment opportunities, roads, schools, healthcare and other facilities. Portskewett county councillor Lisa Dymock, whose ward covers much of the land involved, objected to the proposals. Councillor Jackie Strong (Caldicot Cross ward) said, “We desperately need more houses at prices our young people can afford. However, it is vitally important that clear plans are made for the necessary infrastructure improvements – roads, schools, healthcare facilities etc.”
LEVELLING UP BID FAILS
A bid submitted by Monmouthshire County Council for £14 million of funding for the regeneration of Caldicot town centre and rebuilding of Caldicot Leisure Centre was rejected by the Westminster government. Cllr Paul Griffiths, deputy leader of Monmouthshire County Council, regretted that Monmouthshire had been overlooked but said that the council would try to find alternative funding, including from the Welsh Government, to support those plans, while also making another application to the Levelling Up fund.
SEA WALL FOOTPATH TO REOPEN
The Licensing Committee of Monmouthshire County Council decided that the top of the sea wall past Severnside Rifle Range at the western edge of Caldicot should be designated a public right of way. The path had been used by walkers for many decades but had been temporarily closed after the owners of the range blocked access and pointed out that the definitive rights of way map showed the path running the seaward side of the sea wall. Officers from MCC pointed out that this was because the sea wall had been moved many years ago but that walkers had continued to use it. Under current legislation, continuous use meant that a route should officially be designated a right of way. It was therefore decided that the definitive map should be changed to show the right of way running along the top of the sea wall. The owners of the range would have 42 days to appeal against the decision, in which case a final decision would be made by an inspector from the Welsh Government. The footpath would remain closed until the final decision had been made.
POPULAR CURRY HOUSE CLOSES
Curry Mahal Indian takeaway in Chepstow Road closed after the building's landlord demanded a fee to renew their lease which was unaffordable in the climate of rising costs. The chef, Shazzad Miah had served Caldicot for over 25 years, starting at The Knight of Bengal on Newport Road before moving on to Curry Mahal in 2010.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of January was a one bedroom first floor apartment at Wesley House in the town centre at £119,950. The cheapest house was a semi-detached two bedroom bungalow in Dunlin Avenue at £200,000. The most expensive was a six bedroom detached house in Deepweir Drive at £539,950.

February
EXCELLENT REPORT FOR SCHOOL
Castle Park Primary School received a glowing report from Estyn (the Welsh school inspection agency) following a recent inspection. The following were amongst the comments in the report:
*pupils feel "safe and listened to".
*the school as a "well-led, welcoming place to learn", with "dedicated" teachers.
*pupils "enjoy" school, behave well, and "engage positively" with lessons.
*staff have "high expectations of their behaviour and encourage them to have high expectations of themselves as learners".
*teaching assistants are "highly effective in supporting pupils to make progress".

AWARD FOR ROTHERY
Civilian instructor Rothery Harris was recognised for his outstanding service and devotion to duty and awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit in a ceremony at Raglan Barracks, Newport. Rothery, from Undy, a Civilian Instructor at 2012 (Caldicot) Squadron, was recognised for his “great leadership and commitment in the absence of a uniform commander”.
SPECTATOR SAVED BY CPR
A spectator at a walking football match at Caldicot Leisure Centre was saved by the quick actions of teammates in administering CPR after he suffered a cardiac arrest. Alan Olwen is now supporting a campaign urging people to learn CPR.
CAT BURGLAR IDENTIFIED
The culprit responsible for a series of thefts in Caldicot was identified as ‘Demo’ –a cat! The haul brought home to the embarrassed owner by the moggy included underpants, gloves, a possible sex toy and various items left on graves at Caldicot cemetery.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of February was a one bedroom first floor apartment a Wesley House in the town centre at £119,950. The cheapest house was a semi-detached two bedroom bungalow in Dunlin Avenue – offers in excess of £200,000.    The most expensive was a six bedroom detached house in Deepweir Drive at £539,950.

March
JAILED FOR KNIFE ATTACK
Sam Wagner, 23, of Pill Row, was sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of wounding Cory Janes with a 14-inch knife in the Summer of 2022. The court heard that Wagner had been high on drink and drugs when he was told off for walking through a safety barrier at roadworks on Newport Road, Caldicot. He had walked off after the altercation but returned with a knife to carry out a revenge attack.
BACK TO 30
Following representations from local councillors, the section of the B4245 between Woodstock Way and the “Mitel roundabout” (known as the Caldicot bypass) reverted to 30 mph, following a pilot period of 20mph. The section of the road near Durand School would have 20 mph flashing sign at opening and closing times. All other roads within Caldicot, including the rest of the B4245, remained at 20 mph.
CHURCH ROAD
Work began on the controversial scheme to develop Church Road in line with “Active Travel” plans. The initial stage of work involved extending the car park at the entrance to Caldicot Castle Country Park, with work on Church Road itself to follow.
CARS SEIZED
In a crackdown on motoring offences, police seized two vehicles in Caldicot after they had been stopped and the drivers discovered to have no insurance.
THEFT OF FUEL
Lee Morgan, of Herbert Road had a jail sentence suspended following appeal. He had originally been jailed for 12 weeks at Newport Magistrates’ Court after admitting to 15 counts of driving off without paying for fuel with a combined value of £1,941.68.  The court heard that he used false number plates and would fill containers in the boot of his car before driving off. On appeal he was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, for each offence – running concurrently. He must also pay £1,941.68 in compensation.
CULDI OR CALDI?
A row broke out over the how to pronounce Caldicot when Councillor Armand Watts, who represents Bulwark and Thornwell on Monmouthshire County Council, but is a native of Caldicot, criticised certain Conservative councillors for pronouncing it “Culdicot” when it should be “Caldicot” with an emphasis on the “a”.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH:
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of March was a one bedroom first floor apartment a Wesley House in the town centre at £119,950. The cheapest house was a semi-detached two bedroom bungalow in Dunlin Avenue –offers in excess of £200,000. The most expensive was a five bedroom detached house in Deepweir Drive with a guide price of £600,000.

April
CHURCH ROAD IMPROVEMENTS
Work began on the long awaited but controversial changes to Church Road, Caldicot. The work began with the construction of a car park at the entrance to Caldicot Castle Country Park, which it was anticipated would form a dropping off point for parents taking children to Castle Park School.
The plans included the construction of new pavements and kerbs, better drainage with rain gardens and additional gullies", a resurfaced road, and raised tables and “buildouts” to reduce traffic speed.
Some local councillors and residents expressed concerns that the  number of buildouts was excessive and would cause significant congestion.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH:
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of April was a one bedroom first floor apartment a Wesley House in the town centre at £119,950. The cheapest house was a semi-detached two bedroom terraced house in Moorlands View at £199,000.    The most expensive was a five bedroom detached house in Deepweir Drive with a guide price of £600,000.

May
49 HOMES FOR SCHOOL SITE
Plans were announced for the building of 49 socially rented homes near Caldicot town centre on land formerly occupied by Caldicot Comprehensive School. A display was arranged so that local residents could have their say before a formal planning application was submitted.
The homes were being developed by Monmouthshire Housing Association on land acquired from Monmouthshire County Council. The development was planned to include 26 one-bedroom apartments, three two-bedroom apartments, 10 two-bedroom houses, five three-bedroom houses and two four-bedroom houses.
ANOTHER GO AT LEVELLING UP
Monmouthshire County Council announced that any future bid for “Levelling-Up” funding would be concentrated on Caldicot, Earlier bids for the regeneration of the town centre and Caldicot leisure centre were rejected by the Westminster government.
Caldicot Cross Labour member Jackie Strong welcomed news that the council had recognised strengthening the bid with a greater emphasis on health and wellbeing, including plans to be a dementia- and disabled-friendly town. She suggested that it could support provision of facilities such as changing places, larger disabled toilets with enhanced facilities, in the Newport Road buildings: “If disabled people have not got access, or do not feel comfortable in the public realm, then they don’t go out,”
MEADERY REBRANDED
Matt and Kit Newell, owners of The Meadery in Caldicot, have rebranded as The Hive Mind Mead & Brew Co. As part of the rebrand, the company has launched a new range of Hive Mind Sparkling Mead in cans. The brothers keep more than six million bees in the Wye Valley - fermenting the honey they produce at their Caldicot meadery.
DATES FIXED FOR DRUG TRIALS
Trial dates for Ryan Harrison, 28, and Richard Jones, 35, both from Caldicot, on alleged drugs offences were fixed for September 2023. The trials were expected to last for three days.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of May was a one bedroom first floor apartment a Wesley House in the town centre at £119,950. The cheapest house was a semi-detached two bedroom terraced house in Moorlands View at £199,000. The most expensive was a five bedroom detached house in Deepweir Drive with a guide price of £585,000.

June
SCHOOL UNIFORM PROTEST
Some boys at Caldicot School attended in skirts during a period of very hot weather. Hundreds signed a petition calling on the school to consider a new uniform policy and allow pupils to wear shorts in hot weather. The existing policy only allows long trousers or black skirts.
The petition, claimed that boys who’ve arrived at school wearing shorts had been held in “isolation” and only released when they replace their shorts with full length black trousers.
Headteacher Steven Grech claimed it was “incorrect” that boys had been placed in isolation but declined to comment further, stating it “shouldn’t be for public consumption”. He said the school had relaxed its rule that pupils should wear a blazer at all times.
Caldicot county councillor Rachel Garrick, whose two sons are both pupils at the school, backed the campaign. She said her 15-year-old son is a member of the school council, and that he has been trying to raise the issue without success. She also stated that the parts of the school’s uniform policy was not in line with the Welsh Government’s guidance on uniform, which says schools should “avoid high cost items such as blazers and caps.”
LEVELLING UP BID
Monmouthshire County Council  confirmed the council will prioritise Caldicot if there is an opportunity to make a third bid for UK Government Levelling Up funding. Plans to rejuvenate the town were rejected by the Westminster government during the first two rounds of allocations.
The plan for Caldicot is in three parts:
The refurbishment of the Leisure Centre,
Buying and repurposing empty retail units from numbers 7 to 43 Newport Road,
Improvements to town centre streets.
Previous cost estimates for the Caldicot project were around £25 million, and the idea of prioritising it without making any radical changes had been backed by the council’s Severnside area committee of local councillors.
Council leader Maryann Brocklesby said the impending General Election added to the “uncertainty” around the funding but said it “may release funding … The council therefore had to be ready to take advantage We need to be prepared to have oven ready proposals that can go forward with whoever funds it in the end.”
LIGHT FORMAT POST OFFICE FAILS TO COMPENSATE FOR EARLIER LOSS
A “new lighter format” Post Office service opened at Sayan Enterprise in Oakley Way. A Post Office spokesman stated that the new “Drop and Collect” facility would "offer Post Office services from a handheld device, providing convenient access for customers for bill payments and prepaid parcel collections and returns," It will not, however, provide the wider range of services formerly provided by the Post Office in the town centre, which closed in 2022.
CONCERNS OVER CCTV
Labour councillor for Dewstow, in Caldicot, Tony Easson raised concerns that the CCTV cameras in Caldicot and other Monmouthshire towns weren’t being used effectively to prevent crime. Speaking at a meeting of MCC Governance and Audit Committee, he asked how many cameras the Shared Resources Service had and how they were monitored. Matt Lewis, head of the Shared Resources Service, which provides a number of IT services to councils and public bodies across Gwent, including CCTV cameras for MCC and Torfaen Borough Council, said 60 cameras were monitored on behalf of the two councils with a 24 hour rota, with one person on shift from 5pm to 8am and at weekends, plus a team leader also working during the day.
Councillor Easson responded by stating that with 60 cameras one person would need “plenty of eyes” and that live incidents were not being reported.
HELP FOR PARENTS
A “baby bank” opened in the CORE shop in Caldicot town centre. Parents referred to the baby bank by organisations such MCC, NHS and the local food bank will be able to collect essential items such as new teats for bottles, new dummies, brand new mattresses for cots, moses baskets and prams. The service has been backed by a £1000 grant from Monmouthshire Housing Association.
NEW MP ON THE WAY
The Boundary Commission for Wales has revealed the new Parliamentary constituency boundaries for Wales, which will take effect at the next General Election. From the next UK general election Caldicot, along with Rogiet, Undy and Magor, would be transferred from Newport East to a new Monmouthshire constituency. Jessica Morden will continue to represent the area  until the election.
COURT CASES
Ieuan Nightingale, 22, of Norman court, Caldicot, was sentenced to a twelve-month community order after he pleaded guilty to three counts of common assault of an emergency worker. In the first offence he attacked a firefighter at Chepstow bus station. Four days later he assaulted two PCSOs in Newport.
Shannon James, from Birbeck Road, Caldicot, was fined £300 plus £200 compensation and £2,192 towards the council’s costs after being prosecuted by Monmouthshire County Council for causing a nuisance by playing loud music in his street.
Rodney Rees, 57, of Orchid Drive, Caldicot was banned from driving and ordered to pay £1,014 for failing to give information to help identify the driver of a vehicle who was alleged to have been guilty of an offence.
Christopher Hill, 34, of Betjeman Avenue, Caldicot was jailed for six months after he pleaded guilty to three counts of assault. He was ordered to pay £839 in compensation and costs and made the subject of a two-year restraining order.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of June was a one bedroom first floor apartment a Wesley House in the town centre at £119,950. The cheapest house was a semi-detached two bedroom house in Waghausel Close at £205,000. The most expensive was a four bedroom detached house in Pill Row at £650,000.

July
TEACHERS THREATEN TO STRIKE OVER PUPIL BEHAVIOUR
Teachers at Caldicot Comprehensive School voted in favour of strike action in “indicative ballots” over “a constant stream of physical and verbal assaults by a minority of pupils” which have, they argued, put them at risk and damaged the education of other pupils. Both major teaching unions, the NEU (National Educational Union) Cymru and the NASUWT (National Association of Schoolsmasters Union of Women Teachers) balloted members at the school.
Monmouthshire County Council responded by saying it recognised the “behaviour of some pupils has been an issue” but it did not accept that the school represented “an unsafe environment”
It is understood concerns over behaviour at the school stretch back to around 2021 and union officials claimed that the school’s management seemed unable or unwilling to take real action to address their failure to provide a safe workplace. It has been stated that 69 pupils transferred to other local secondary schools.
In a bid to prevent a strike and deal with the issues, officers from MCC and the Education Achievement Service carried out a two-day review at the school, which found that the school lacked “an effective whole school vision, culture and ethos to build and establish effective relationships across the whole school community”, and that “teaching and learning is at times inhibited by the behaviour of some learners.”
TORY LEADER OBJECTS TO SPENDING MONEY IN CALDICOT
Councillor Richard John, leader of the Conservative opposition on Monmouthshire County Council, complained that nearly £400,000 of “106 money” had been allocated for improvements to buildings at Castle Park Primary School, Caldicot. He claimed that this was a political move, transferring money, which arose due to housing developments in Portskewett, from a Conservative ward, Portskewett and Sudbrook, to a Labour ward, Caldicot Castle.
The accusation was denied by the cabinet member for education, Labour councillor Martyn Groucutt, who pointed out that Archbishop Rowan Williams Primary School in Portskewett was due to receive more than £1 million from housing developments at Crick Road (£811,000) and Church Road (£345,000).
DRIVER CHARGED OVER DEATH OF CYCLIST
Vasile Barbu, 48, from Abergavenny, appeared at Newport Magistrates’ Court accused of causing the death of 52-year-old Rebecca Comins from Caldicot, by driving his van dangerously on the A40 near Raglan on 2nd June 2022. He did not enter a plea and was given unconditional bail with the case being adjourned to the crown court on August 21.
SCHOOL CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Durand Primary School celebrated its 50th anniversary with a performance of music through the decades. Guests included former pupils, staff, and parents. Special guests including Will McLean, chief officer of Monmouthshire County Council, Councillor Martyn Groucott, cabinet member for education, and Caldicot Mayor Councillor Maxine Mitchell. Local artist, Irene Quelch, worked with the children to produce a commemorative 50th anniversary mural.
HARASSMENT CHARGE
The 31-year-old man from Caldicot was remanded in custody after appearing before Newport magistrates charged with criminal damage, malicious communications and harassment.
SNAKE ALIVE! (NOW DEAD)
A brightly coloured snake seen in various parts of Caldicot turned out to be an escaped pet. It was later found dead near Caldicot leisure centre.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of July was a one bedroom first floor apartment a Wesley House in the town centre at £119,950. The cheapest house was a semi-detached two bedroom house in Waghausel Close at £205,000. The most expensive was a four bedroom detached house in Pill Row at £650,000.

August
COUNCIL ARGUMENT OVER SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS
Monmouthshire County Council was forced to hold a special meeting after the Conservative opposition opposed a proposal to spend money on Castle Park School in Caldicot ahead of Archbishop Rowan Williams (ARW) School in Portskewett. The money concerned related to two tranches of so-called “106 money” paid by developers of new housing in Portskewett and Sudbrook. Cabinet Member for Education Martin Groucott (Labour) pointed out the great bulk of the money would be spent on ARW but that plans for improvements to ARW would need more work before the money could be spent. By contrast, the proposals for Castle Park, mainly for a lift to make two upper story classrooms accessible, could be spent more quickly. The attempt to reverse the decision to spend money on Castle Park first and ARW next was defeated.
NOEL GALLAGHER CONCERT SUCCESS
A concert at Caldicot Castle featuring Noel Gallagher was hailed a great success after being attended by around 8000 fans. The event meant that local pubs and eateries did an excellent trade throughout the day.
ACCUSED OF HISTORIC RAPE
Wayne John, of Caldicot, appeared in Newport Magistrates' Court charged with raping a woman in 2008. He did not enter a plea and was granted bail pending a trial.

NOT GUILTY PLEA
A driver has pleaded not guilty to killing triathlete Rebecca Comins from Caldicot by dangerous driving. Mrs Comins was involved in a crash while riding her bike near Raglan in June 2022.
CYCLIST INJURED
Caldicot cyclist Peter Watling was injured when he was knocked off his bike in a hit-and-run incident when he was riding home following the Noel Gallagher concert of 19 August.
LOCAL WOMAN FOUND DEAD ON MOTORWAY
A woman was found dead on the M4 motorway. Police were not treating the death as suspicious.
GO AHEAD FOR INDUSTRIAL UNITS
Monmouthshire County Council Planning Committee gave approval to build 12 new industrial units on the last undeveloped part of the Severn Bridge Industrial Estate. The plan had been opposed by Natural Resources Wales due to possibility of flooding, but the committee members were satisfied by assurances that there was no record of flooding on the site and that adequate flood protection measures would be implemented.
DRIVING BANS
Ryan Cole of Neddern Way, Caldicot was banned from driving for 14 months after he admitted drug driving with a cannabis derivative in his blood. He was fined £200 PLUS £85 costs and an £80 surcharge.
Kyle Samuel of Newport Road, Caldicot was banned from driving for 12 months for driving without insurance.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of August was a one bedroom first floor apartment a Wesley House in the town centre at £119,950. The cheapest houses were a semi-detached three bedroom house in Oakley Close and a three bedroom semi in Pill Row, both at £245,000. The most expensive was a three bedroom detached house in Chepstow Road at £575,000.

September
TEACHERS STRIKE OVER BEHAVIOUR ISSUES
The National Association of Schoolteachers/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) began a series of six one-day strikes in support of demands for school leaders to deal with problems of poor behaviour in the school which, they stated, made staff and pupils fearing for their safety. The National Education Union, which also represented staff in the school, also balloted in favour of strike action.
IN COURT
GBH CHARGE: Richard Simmonds of Woodstock Way, Caldicot and Andrew Richards of Lawrence Crescent, Caerwent pleaded not guilty on a charge of GBH against Nicholas Blamire in August. They were remanded in custody.
TOMAS WOODWARD, of Park Road, Caldicot was fined £645 plus costs and surcharge and banned from driving for six months for driving without insurance.
LEE MASON, of Woodstock Close, was ordered to pay £274 in a fine, costs and a surcharge for driving without insurance. Six penalty points were added to his license.
CHRISTOPHER HILL, of Betjeman Avenue, Caldicot was fined £200 plus £85 costs after pleading guilty to breaching a restraining order.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of October was a one bedroom first floor apartment a Wesley House in the town centre at £119,950. The cheapest house was a semi-detached two bedroom semi in Waghausel Close at £205,000. The most expensive was a six bedroom detached house in Deepweir Drive at £545,000.

October
TEACHER STRIKE CONTINUE
The National Association of Schoolteachers/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) continued its series of one-day strikes in support of demands for school leaders to deal with problems of poor behaviour in the school which, they stated, made staff and pupils fearing for their safety. The National Education Union, which also represented staff in the school, also began a series of one day strikes.
LACK OF NHS DENTISTS
Officers from the Aneurin Bevan Health Board heard complaints about the availability of dental care when they faced MCC’s public services scrutiny committee. Caldicot West End Labour councillor Jill Bond said local dentists were handing back NHS contracts as they didn’t only want to perform emergency work. Lloyd Hambridge, divisional director for primary care and community services, said patients affected by the withdrawal of NHS services at a dental surgery in Caldicot had been able to be accommodated by other local practices with spare capacity. Labour member Peter Strong said he was a “bit bemused by that” as he said children from Caldicot and his Rogiet ward were having to travel to Monmouth to see a dentist. “There is no direct bus, it’s just not realistic and takes forever to get there,” said the councillor. Mr Hambridge said the board hadn’t received comments about travelling to access a dentist and health board chief executive Nicola Prygodzicz said a written briefing will be provided to councillors of what services are available and which practices have capacity for new patients.
POLICE AND COURTS
A 15 year old boy was arrested in Caldicot after he spat at a police constable. He also kicked another constable while being arrested. He was referred to the Youth Offending Services.
Ryan Harrison, 29, and Richard Jones, 35, from Caldicot were spotted acting “suspiciously” in a car in Oakley Way, an area known for drug dealing. They were followed and arrested at Jones’ home on Byron Place. Cannabis was found in house and in the car. Harrison was carrying £600 in cash. He was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine, ketamine and cannabis. Jones admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis. Both defendants committed the offences when they were subject to licence conditions after being released from prison. Harrison has 14 previous convictions for 48 offences including animal cruelty, robbery, grievous bodily harm and violent disorder. Jones has previous convictions for violence.
Christopher Hill, 34, of Betjeman Avenue, Caldicot was jailed for 14 days after he admitted failing to comply with supervision requirements following his release from prison.
Jason Monks, 41, was given a two-year criminal behaviour order after he made more than 40 nuisance calls to the Welsh Ambulance Service and NHS 111, including 11 in a single day. The order stated that Monks must not contact any emergency service personally or via a third party unless to inform of a genuine life-threatening situation or emergency that requires an immediate response.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of October was a one bedroom in Monmouth Court, Sandy Lane at £105,000. The cheapest house was a two bedroom mid-terrace in Alianore Road at £195,000. The most expensive was a six bedroom detached house in Deepweir Drive at circa £545,000.

November
LEVELLING UP BID FAILS: A third round of “Levelling Up” payments from the Westminster Government again ignored Caldicot. Paul Griffiths, deputy leader of Monmouthshire County Council, accused Monmouth MP – Welsh secretary David Davies – of overlooking the town.
TEACHERS CALL OFF STRIKE
The fourth in a series of strikes by teachers at Caldicot School was called off after progress had been made in negotiations over pupil behaviour.
STRANGLERS AT THE CASTLE
It was announced that punk rock icons The Stranglers would be appearing at Caldicot Castle on 8 June 2024. During the year the band will be celebrating 50 years since their formation. By a happy coincidence 2024 also marks 50 years of Caldicot getting town status. The Stranglers will be supported by Buzzcocks. The band announced that it would be “flying the flag for Caldicot … as it celebrates its 50th year of achieving town status, so it’s a golden night for us and the town, and we’ll be celebrating with you.”
FRESH ATTEMPT AT POST OFFICE: Monmouthshire County Council relaunched its bid to encourage local business people to open a post office in Caldicot town centre.
IN COURT
Indrit Spata, 23, of Longfellow Road, was remanded in custody after being arrested on Longfellow Road on suspicion of producing cannabis.
Christopher Hill, 34, of Betjeman Avenue, was ordered to pay £670 compensation and a fine after pleading guilty to causing criminal damage by puncturing four tyres at Churchmead. Rogiet.
Donna Hitchings, 45, of Betjeman Avenue  was fined £100 after breaching a court order.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH: The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of November was a one bedroom in Monmouth Court, Sandy Lane at £95,000. The cheapest house was a two bedroom semi-detached in Grove Gardens at £154,950. The most expensive was a six bedroom detached house in Deepweir Drive at circa £530,000.

 

 

 

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