PLANS FOR DEMOLITION OF FRANCESCA’S
Monmouthshire County Council’s planning committee has rejected a
plan to demolish Francesca’s Restaurant in Newport Road and replace
it with retirement properties. The committee received a 550 name petition
calling for the “beautiful” building to be saved. Councillors
expressed concern over the loss of such a building in addition to worries
over the design of the new buildings and traffic problems.
HAVE SOLD DETAILS”
Concerns were raised that Caldicot’s Grayhill Surgery may have sold
patients addresses for use by junk mail company. The company claimed to
have bought the addresses from the surgery after being contacted by the
son of a deceased lady who had been sent junk mail. The suggestion was
denied by Dr Andrew Gray, who stressed that patient’s details were
“safe and secure” although, according to the Chepstow and
Caldicot Free Press, a spokesman for the surgery had admitted that “GPs
were possibly selling on information for themselves”.
Parents from Sandy Lane Infants School who are opposing its closure have
also expressed their concern that building work to prepare for the site
to be taken over by Ysgol y Ffin could take place during school hours.
Monmouthshire County Council has agreed to continue its policy of free
parking in Caldicot. Earlier proposals to introduce charges in Caldicot
and elsewhere had been withdrawn following protests.
Caldicot town Council has given the go ahead to proposals to improve the
defences of Caldicot Castle against barbarian invaders. In an attempt
to stop youths congregating in the castle car park in the evenings, a
barrier is to be erected to prevent vehicle access after 5 p.m. Pedestrian
access will not be affected.
NEW BUS SCHEME
HITS AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Caldicot Comprehensive School’s new bus service, using vehicles
owned by Monmouthshire County Council, has created a problem for pupils
wanting to use school transport to get home following after-school activities.
Stagecoach, who used to run the service and accept ‘late’
passes, no longer accepts such passes, meaning that pupils have to pay.
The school is seeking a solution to the problem.
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot
at the end of September 2006 was a three-bedroom semi-detached property
in Newport Road at £122,950. The most expensive was a six-bedroom
detached house in Deepweir Drive at £349,950.
<< August 2006
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