October 2006

FIRE STATION DOWNGRADED
In spite of protests from councillors and the Fire Brigade Union, the South Wales Fire Authority is to push ahead with its decision to downgrade Caldicot fire station. After a period of transition, the station will be staffed entirely by part-time “retained” fire fighters rather than full-timers. Caldicot FBU representative Nigel Williamson said that “people in Caldicot can no longer rely on an appliance being available in their area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year”.

MISSING CALDICOT MAN “MURDERED”
The parents of missing Caldicot golfer James Nutley say they believe he may have been murdered. It was formerly believed that James, who disappeared while on a golfing holiday in Tenby in October 2004, may have accidentally fallen into the sea. A £5000 reward has been offered for information on his whereabouts.

COUNCIL FAILS TO FUND YOUTH CENTRE
A bid for funding to convert the former Citizens Advice Bureau building near Caldicot Cross into a youth centre has been turned down by Monmouthshire County Council. The decision was condemned as “negative” and “ridiculous” by Caldicot Councillor James Harris.

OFFENDERS ROUNDED UP
Police in Caldicot have charged five people as part of Operation Arrowhead. The operation involved targeting people who had failed to turn up for court appearances. Charges include supplying drugs, possession of drugs, dangerous driving, and actual bodily harm.

PLAQUE FOR DEREK
A plaque commemorating Caldicot archaeologist and wildlife expert Derek Upton was unveiled at a special open day at Magor Marsh nature reserve.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of October 2006 was a three-bedroom semi-detached property in Oakley Way at £139,950. The most expensive was a six-bedroom three story detached house in Deepweir Drive at £349,950.

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