FRENCH TOWN WITHDRAWS
FROM TWINNING VISIT
A group of residents from the French town of Morieres, near Avignon, called
off their plans to visit Caldicot as a result of Britain's involvement
in the Gulf War. A spokesmen for the French town said that it did not
seem appropriate for celebrations to go ahead at a time when people were
being killed and young men were "involved in an upheaval they do
not understand". The majority of town councillors, although disappointed,
reacted calmly to the decision and expressed a desire that the visit would
still take place in the near future. Independent Councillor Jim Harris
was more angry, calling the French decision "disgusting".
CCTV FAILS FIRST
Closed circuit television got off to a bad start in Caldicot when the
cameras failed to pick up pictures of thieves who broke into the Right
Connection phone shop and stole goods worth £8000. The shop is only
a few yards from one camera. A spokesman for Monmouthshire County Council
said the camera was not working because of a "network transmission
problem" which has now been resolved.
MAN KILLED AT
Andrew Thomas, a delivery man for Robert Price builders, was killed when
plasterboard he was delivering fell on him. The accident took place at
Redmeadow Crescent, Caldicot when the boards fell from a mechanical crane
on his truck. Robert Simmonds, a pupil at Caldicot Comprehensive School,
was amongst locals who tried to save him but to no avail.
TO RAT COMPLAINTS
Caldicot Comprehensive School has denied that it is responsible for rats
infesting a garden in the Mill Lane area. A resident had complained that
rubbish dropped by pupils at the school war attracting the rats. A spokesman
for the school pointed out that while litter was a continual problem,
the school was working hard to resolve it. Caretakers regularly cleared
litter on the school campus and an anti-litter campaign was under way.
Most of the litter concerned was on the site of the skateboard park, which
was not the responsibility of the school. Monmouthshire County Council
has now agreed to clean the skateboard park more regularly.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property for sale in Caldicot at the end of April was a three-bedroomed
semi-detached house in Shelley Close with an asking price of £90,950.
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