March 2004

BAN ON COUNCILLOR UPHELD
The six-month suspension from Monmouthshire County Council of Councilor Graham Powell (Severn Ward) has been upheld following an appeal. Councilor Powell was originally suspended by the council’s standards committee after allegedly threatening to “throw a social worker out of a window”.

BRIDGE TOLLS THREAT
High Severn Bridge tolls have led Caldicot businessman Terry Hicks to threaten to move his haulage business away from Caldicot and into England. Mr Hicks says that his company pays £3,000 per month in tolls and that he regards these as an unfair additional form of taxation.

COUNCIL TAX RATE ANNOUNCED
The council tax rates on homes in Caldicot were announced as follows:
Band A: £620.18
Band B: £723.53
Band C: £826.90
Band D: £930.26
Band E: £1136.99
Band F: £1343.72
Band G: £1550.44
Band H: £1860.53

DRUNKEN BRAWL
Seven people were arrested following a brawl outside the Cross Inn on the night of Saturday 19 March. A shop window was smashed and a police jacket stolen from a police car.

FIREWORK CONVICTION
Concord Discount Stores were fined £1,500 for selling fireworks from their Caldicot shop to a child under 16 years of age. Monmouthshire trading standards office mounted an operation in which a 15 year old boy was sent to buy fireworks in 32 shops around the county.

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