June 2005

CONTROVERSY OVER PLANS TO SELL SCHOOL PLAYING FIELD
Monmouthshire County Council staged an exhibition at Caldicot Library as part of the consultation process on its proposal to sell part of the playing field at Caldicot Comprehensive School. The council claim that the new store will help to “regenerate” the town, which has suffered from a decline in the number of shops. Local opinion, however, is divided over whether playing fields should be lost in this way and over whether a new food store would help bring trade to small shops or drive them out of business.

COUNCIL ENDS FREE TRANSPORT TO OVER 16s
The cabinet of Monmouthshire County Council has confirmed its decision to abandon free school transport to sixth form and college students. From September, parents of students starting sixth form courses will be charged a flat rate of £200 per year. The charges will not apply to students who have already started courses. Parents on low incomes will qualify for a 50% discount. Only 40 responses were received to the 1700 consultation letters sent out.

CEMETERY IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED
Caldicot Town Council is to spend £23,000 improving the appearance of the town cemetery. Caldicot is the only cemetery in Monmouthshire to be run by a town council and councillors are negotiating with the county council with a view to transferring responsibility.

U3A ANNIVERSARY
Caldicot’s University of the 3rd Age (U3A) has celebrated its 30th anniversary.

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