Several Caldicot businesses were forced to close as violent thunderstorms
hit the town. Some shops were said to be under three feet of water. Washbourne’s
Home Hardware was turned into “a lake” and stock damaged.
Damage to computers at Caldicot Post Office meant that pensions and other
payments could not be made for several days.
FOR CALDICOT GOLFER
22 months after his disappearance on a golfing holiday in Tenby, the family
of James Nutley are still desperately trying to find him. They recently
viewed CCTV tapes which showed him leaving a pub and again at a point
within yards of his hotel. James’ parents have offered a reward
of £5000 for information and a website, www.findjamesnutley.com,
has been set up. Police are manning a hotline for information on 0845
PLAN TO DEMOLISH
Caldicot town council has objected to plans to replace Francesca’s
restaurant in Newport Road with 33 retirement flats. Councillors oppose
the demolition of one of Caldicot’s older buildings. A petition
has been organised by Zoe Heslop, who stated, “It’s a lovely
old building and there aren’t many like it in Caldicot.”
ON CALDICOT BAND
Organisers of Caldicot Youth Festival halted the performance of local
band Ectopazz after a member of the band used foul language and created
an allegedly unsafe situation by inviting the crowd to join them on stage.
The festival had featured eleven local bands, including One String Loose,
who had just returned from performing in Italy. Ectopazz, who claim to
play “groove, heaviness, thrash, doom and rednecks”, responded
by organising “an alternative festival” to coincide with the
town’s official festival.
A group of parents of children from Ysgol y Ffin, the Welsh School currently
based at Sudbrook, has criticised Monmouthshire County Council’s
proposals to transfer the school to the site of Sandy Lane Infants’
School. RhAG De Fynwy argue that the Sandy Lane buildings will not allow
the expansion of the school beyond 210 pupils. Group Chairman Guy Farrish
said, “A move away from the current building is an urgent necessity
but that does not mean we have to accept a solution whose main asset is
that it is convenient for the county council.”
Parents are continuing to campaign against plans to close West End and
Sandy Lane infants’ schools. West End pupils are due to be transferred
to a new school at Green Lane between 2010 and 2012, while Sandy Lane
pupils are due to go to St Mary’s from September 2008. A petition
with over 1100 signatures has been sent to the Welsh Assembly Government.
Monmouthshire County Council argue that the closures are necessary because
there are 257 surplus places in Caldicot’s primary schools.
Parents have complained about the high cost of sending their children
to Monmouthshire County Council’s summer play scheme at Caldicot
Leisure Centre. While children from Caldicot benefit from a town council
subsidy, allowing each child to attend for £4 a day, those from
outside Caldicot had to pay £8 a day.
Joanne Daniels has been inaugurated as mayor of Caldicot.
<< July 2006
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