July 2002

SCHOOL CLOSURE CONFIRMED
The decision to close Green Lane Junior School and to turn West End and Sandy Lane Infant Schools into all through Juniors has been confirmed by Monmouthshire County Council.
The decision has split the local community. A group of parents from Green Lane have created a pressure group Pact (Parents and Children Together) and intend to approach the Welsh Assembly after the County Council rejected their 1,000 signature petition. A smaller petition was submitted from parents supporting the council's proposals. Green Lane parents have levelled much of their criticism at local councillor Bill Edwards who, although a governor of Green Lane, voted on the council for its closure. He has argued that by retaining the two other schools, parents will ultimately have greater choice.
There have been suggestions that the Green Lane site will be used for a new Welsh Medium School in place of the temporary accommodation at Sudbrook.

IN WITH THE NEW, OUT WITH THE OLD
A new 1 million science block has been opened at Caldicot Comprehensive School. The opening came just before the retirement of head teacher John Norwood, who retired at the end of term after 22 years at the school.

POLICE DOWNPLAY SYRINGE FIND
Caldicot police have said that a used syringe found in the park at Birbeck Road was more likely to have been used by a diabetic than by a drug addict.

GOING LIKE A BOMB
Jenny Frost of girl band Atomic Kitten was banned for driving and fined 400 by Chepstow magistrates after being caught speeding at 110 mph on the M4 at Caldicot.

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