January 2006

Monmouthshire County Council has announced plans for a major reorganisation of primary schooling in Caldicot. One proposal is to close West End Infants School and Sandy Lane Infant Schools while rebuilding Green Lane and extending St Mary’s. Under this plan, Ysgol Y Ffin, the Welsh School at Sudbrook, would move to Sandy Lane. The move is prompted by the fact that there are 367 surplus places in the primary schools in the Caldicot area. Consultation meetings are planned and all local primary schools.

A petition opposing the sale of a large part of the playing field of Caldicot Comprehensive School for a supermarket has been handed to the Severnside Area Committee of Monmouthshire County Council. The petition, which contains over 1,000 signatures, was presented by Mrs Jill Bond, from Caldicot Regeneration Group. The meeting revealed that local councillors are divided on the issue. Councillor David Ashwin and Councillor Mike Smith support the sale of the land, while Councillor Olive Evans and Councillor Bill Edwards oppose it.

The coroner at the inquest on Caldicot archaeologist Derek Upton (see September and November 2005) passed a verdict of suicide. He concluded that Mr Upton took his own life while “suffering some kind of Depression”.

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