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.
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.
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.
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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