February 2000

HOPES RISE FOR SKATE PARK
Caldicot Skate Park Committee have been informed that their lottery bid has successfully passed through the first phase. The bid is for 30,510 towards a facility next to the leisure centre. Monmouthshire County Council has agreed to contribute 22,800 and Caldicot Town Council 15,000. If all goes well the skate park, which has yet to receive planning permission, should open in 2001.

NEW ACCESS ROAD
Work is about to start on the construction of a new access road to Caldicot Leisure Centre and the Choir Hall. The new road will mean that leisure centre and choir hall traffic will no longer need to pass through the campus of Caldicot Comprehensive School. The news was welcomed by the headmaster, Mr John Norwood, who said it would greatly increase the safety of children at the school.

GROWING PAINS
Concern continues over potential problems arising from the continued growth of Caldicot, in particular the new Crest Kingsmead Estate. In a letter to the Free Press, Ron Stewart, a town councillor, criticised Monmouthshire County Council for allowing excessive building in the town.

LOCAL BOYS MAKE GOOD
Two ex-pupils of Caldicot Comprehensive School are making their mark in publishing. Michael Breslin is about to publish his first novel, The Unfair Advantage, a thriller set in the world of motor racing. The book is to be published by Rough Diamond Media of Caversham, Berkshire, whose legal director is Malcolm Dowden, who was in the same year as Michael at Caldicot School.

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