March 2006

MCC DOES CAR PARK U-TURN
Monmouthshire County Council has dropped its plans to introduce car parking charges in Caldicot and several other places. The decision was taken following the granting of a judicial review, which had been applied for by Usk, Abergavenny and Chepstow town councils. However, Andrew Crump, leader of MCC, did not rule out the introduction of charges at a later stage, following “traffic management studies”.

GRAND NEWS ON COUNCIL TAX
The average Council Tax bill for Caldicot for 2006/7 will be £1,011, breaking through the one thousand pounds barrier for average (Band D) properties for the first time. The 3.4% rise comes in spite of redundancies and cuts in education, leisure and museum services.

FIRE DISRUPTS LESSONS
Pupils at Caldicot Comprehensive School had to leave their lessons when “a small piece of burning paper” set off fire alarms throughout the school buildings. Pupils assembled in the designated evacuation area until the all-clear was given.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAM ESTABLISHED
Gwent Police have launched a Severnside Neighbourhood Policing Team in an attempt to introduce a more community-based form of policing in which the public will have issued dealt with by local officers.

GREEN ROUTES BUS SERVICE FOR CALDICOT
Monmouthshire County Council is to launch a ‘Green Routes Bus Service’ in Severnside. A minibus is due to be delivered in May and, if sufficient volunteer drivers are available, will operate regular journeys to and from local amenities from designated pick-up points at a fixed single or return fare of £2.00. The bus will have full disabled and wheelchair access and will also be available for hire by community groups. Further details are available from MCC’s One Stop Shop.

YOUTH GROUP TAKES CAMPAIGN TO MP
Teenagers from Caldicot Youth Group met local Member of Parliament Jessica Morden to put forward their case for improved youth facilities in Caldicot.

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