February 2003

COUNCILLORS QUERY LAND SALE
Three County Councillors, including Caldicot representative Graham Powell, have objected to proposals for the sale of part of the playing field at Caldicot Comprehensive School. Monmouthshire's life-long learning committee had approved in principle a plan to sell approximately four acres of land for a second supermarket in the town and for proceeds to go towards improving the school buildings and facilities. The Councillors have "called in" the decision so that it will be discussed by a full council meeting on 27 March. They argue that it is not county policy to "ring fence" proceeds of the sale of county asset in this way. Supporters of the proposal have stressed that the school desperately needs the money for maintenance and that a significant proportion of it would be required to remodel the site to replace the facilities lost through the sale of land.

BROADBAND COMES CLOSER
Campaigners for the bringing of broadband internet facilities to Caldicot have been encouraged by news that BT has reduced the number of registrations required from 750 down to 350. Over 250 people have already registered.

OFFICIALS POO POO COUNCILLORS' POO POO PROPOSAL
Officials have rejected a proposal by Caldicot Town Council to use footage from the newly-installed closed circuit television cameras to track down people who allow their dogs to foul public places. They had agreed to ask to view copies of video tapes. However, Scott Young, who co-ordinates the CCTV project for Monmouthshire County Council, pointed out that there are strict conditions on the purposes for which the tapes can be viewed and that these relate to alcohol related disorder and criminal offences. Only police and those who are given approval following a solicitor's request will be allowed to do so.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property for sale in Caldicot at the end of February was a two-bedroomed first floor apartment with an asking price of £82,950.

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