February 2002

COUNCIL SUPPORTS GATEWAY PROJECT
Caldicot town council has given its support in principle to a scheme for a university campus, science and business park with warehouses and a railway station on land near Severn Tunnel Junction. The Gateway to Wales scheme has the backing of P&O Developments and could create 10,000 jobs. The council has called for a detailed report to be considered at a future meeting before making its recommendations to Monmouthshire County Council.

ANCIENT FISHING RIGHTS THREATENED
An ancient form of fishing which has been practised in the Caldicot area for centuries, is under threat following proposals from the Environment Agency to conserve salmon stocks by banning lave net fishing for a decade. The Black Rock Lave Net Fisherman's Association has collected 1,600 names on a petition protesting against the ban and has received an expression of support from Monmouthshire County Council .

CCTV
Mr Scott Young has been appointed to take charge of the closed circuit television scheme being planned for Caldicot and the other towns of Monmouthshire. Monmouthshire County Council hopes to have the scheme operational by the end of 2002.

CRIME INCREASE
The Severnside area of Caldicot was the only area in Monmouthshire to show an increase in crime according to a report received by Monmouthshire County Council . Councillor Jim Higginsion, who represents Caldicot, pointed out that the rise is largely due to thefts from the large number of building sites in the area and does not represent a true picture for Caldicot as a whole.

YOUNG REF
Fourteen year old Andrew 'Ziggy' Niblett, a pupil at Caldicot Comprehensive School, has qualified as a soccer referee after scoring 91% in the Gwent County Football Association exams.

SKATEBOARDERS CLEAN UP
Skateboarders who use the new skate park at Caldicot Leisure Centre have joined together to with staff from Monmouthshire Youth Service to paint out graffiti that had appeared around the park.

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