Morgan, First Secretary of the Welsh Assembly, visited Mitel Telecom to
officially launch a £600,000 machine which will double the speed of production
at the Caldicot factory. The machine is part of a £2.5 million investment
programme at Caldicot, which will create 60 new jobs, bringing the number
of workers at the plant to 843.
Fears of severe job losses at the Corus Steelworks at Llanwern
did not materialise. The long-awaited announcement of cutbacks by Corus
revealed that the redundancies would be in Yorkshire rather than in South
Wales. However, concern continues to be expressed over the long term future
of the plant, particularly given the problems created by the continued
high level of the pound.
PHONE MAST TO
Governors at Caldicot Comprehensive School have decided
that the phone mast on the school roof should be taken down once the contract
with Orange runs out later this year. The decision was taken following
a petition from staff which expressed concern over possible risks from
radio waves to pupils' health.
GREEN LANE SCHOOL
The row over repairs to Green Lane School has continued.
Councillor Bill Edwards of Caldicot opposed Monmouthshire County Council's
decision to keep the school open during a period of major repairs. Councillor
Edwards insisted upon a recorded vote so that he could register his fears
of the possibility of accidents to children during the work.
PARENTS CALL FOR
A group of Caldicot parents are campaigning for a Welsh
medium school to be established in the south of the county. At present,
pupils who attend the Welsh language nursery in Caldicot can only continue
with Welsh medium education beyond the age of five if they travel out
of county to Newport or stay within the county but take the even longer
journey to Abergavenny. There are fears that pupils from Monmouthshire
will not be allowed to attend the school in Newport if Newport CBC needs
all the places for its own children. An action group, Parents for Welsh
Medium Education, has been formed.
REVENGE OF THE
Wildlife in the lake in Caldicot Castle Country Park is
facing an unusual but deadly threat in the form of turtles. The South
American turtles, known as 'snappers' can grow to up to four feet long.
They were originally brought as pets during the craze for the Mutant Ninja
Turtles cartoon series several years ago but have been released into the
lake by their owners when they grew larger. Countryside wardens have been
removing turtles from the lake.
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