November 2003

FALL IN CRIME FOLLOWS CCTV INSTALLATION
Gwent police reported that criminal damage in Caldicot town centre has fallen by 47% and burglaries by 80% since CCTV cameras were installed in Caldicot in July.

COUNCIL TO PAY FOR GRAVESTONES
Following a row over the laying flat of many gravestones in Caldicot cemetery (see October), Caldicot town council has promised that the stones will be re-erected at no cost to relatives.

HISTORICAL SPECTACULAR UNDER THREAT
A son et lumiere planned for Caldicot Castle next summer may have to be cancelled due to a shortfall in funding. The issue is due to be discussed by the Severnside Area Committee of Monmouthshire County Council. Similar performances held at Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle have been highly successful, attracting thousands of visitors.

SEVERNSIDE FORUM
A meeting of representatives from local groups was held at Caldicot Choir Hall to discuss the establishment of a Severnside Forum. The Forum, proposed as part of Monmouthshire county Council’s community strategy, would help to guide the council in serving Caldicot and neighbouring villages.

PROPERTY WATCH
The cheapest house for sale in Caldicot at the end of November 2003 was a three bedroom semi detached property in Park Road without garage at £104,950 – the first time the lowest property price has passed £100,000.

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