July 2004

GATEWAY DEVELOPERS CHALLENGE COUNCIL
P&O, the company behind ‘Gateway to Wales’, a massive scheme for a marine ecology centre, university campus, housing development and retail centre on land between Caldicot and Magor, is to challenge Monmouthshire County Council’s Unitary Development Plan in an enquiry scheduled for September. At present the P&O scheme runs contrary to the UDC and so would be unlikely to receive planning permission. P&O insist that they are keen to push ahead with the scheme.

SPACTACULAR PRODUCTION WOWS CASTLE VISITORS
The spectacular sound and light production Footsteps in the Sands of Time was hailed a great success by organisers. Thousands of visitors attended the performances of the biggest event ever staged at Caldicot Castle. The show was not welcomed by everybody, however. It is understood that the use of pyrotechnics was toned down after complaints from nearby residents.

FOUL PLAY AT FOOTBALL CLUB?
Confusion leading to potential conflict reigned at Caldicot Town Football Club. The town council, through which the trust which owns the football ground is administered, had been advised that following maintenance work on the pitch, it should not be played on until 1st August. The club has claimed that it “misconstrued” the directions given by the council and used the pitch on three occasions. A meeting between club officials and town councillors has been arranged in order to try to resolve this and other long- standing issues.

VICAR SEEKS MISSING MOVIE
Canon Derek Jones of St Mary’s Church, Caldicot, has been trying to persuade Miramax to distribute the film Plots With a View, part of which was filmed around the church. The film, starring Christopher Walken and Brenda Blethin, is a comedy about a Welsh undertaker. A spokesman for Miramax said that no date had been set for the release of the film.

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