JULY 2003

COUNCILLOR CHARGED WITH THEFT
County Councilor Graham Powell, who represents Caldicot’s Severnside ward, has been charged on ten counts of theft and two of forgery. Detective sergeant Davies of Cwmbran police said that the charges related to the alleged theft of £24,700 from elderly relatives. Councilor Powell has denied all the charges.

COUNCIL BACKS NEEDLE EXCHANGE SCHEME
Caldicot town council has called for a needle exchange scheme for drug users to be set up in the town. The call follows the discovery of a number of discarded syringes in the stand at Caldicot Town football club.

SCHOOL LAND SALE APPROVED
Monmouthshire county Council has given permission for up to four acres of Caldicot Comprehensive School’s playing field to be sold for the building of a supermarket. At present, however, it is not clear whether the land will actually be sold. School governors have declared that they will only give the scheme their backing under very strict conditions.

CCTV COMES ON LINE
Caldicot’s closed circuit television system is now up and running, with colour pictures from the six town centre cameras being transmitted to a control centre in Caerphilly.

RECYCLING CENTRE OPENS
A new recycling centre has opened at Caldicot’s Pill Farm Industrial Estate. The centre, run by Monmouthshire County Recycling with county council backing, will distribute boxes to householders and arrange for the collection of recycled materials. Details of the scheme can be obtained on 01291 430550.

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