November 2006

COMMUTERS CAMPAIGN AGAINST RAIL CUTS
Caldicot workers who use the train service from Severn Tunnel Junction for daily journeys to Bristol have organised protests against plans by First Great Western to cut the number of peak time trains. At a public meeting in Caldicot, company spokesman Andrew Griffiths blamed the Department of Transport for the cuts, saying that First great Western had “no choice” but to comply. Member of Parliament Jessica Morden and Assembly Member John Griffiths have given their support to the campaign.

CONFLICTING VIEWS OVER FUTURE OF ADVICE BUREAU
A statement by County Councillor James Harris that Caldicot Citizen’s Advice Bureau was being told to “plan for closure” due to lack of finance was denied by Brian Counsell, chairman of the trustees of Caldicot CAB. Mr Counsell pointed out that the CAB had recently moved into larger premises in Church Road and said that he was confident that funding to ensure the continuation of the CAB’s services would be secured.

CATHOLIC HALL FOR COMMUNITY USE
The church hall at St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church is to undergo a major renovation with the assistance of a grant from Monmouthshire County Council and Monmouthshire rural Community Action. As a result, the hall will be made available for use by community groups.

WOMAN GUILTY OF SEX OFFENCES
Caldicot woman Hannah Harris, aged 20, was given a suspended twelve month sentence after pleading guilty to inciting children to engage in sexual activity. The court heard that she invited teenagers to her house to drink alcohol and, amongst other offences, encouraged one of them to use a sex toy on her.

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 Longfellow Road at £129,950. The most expensive was a six-bedroom three story detached house in Deepweir Drive at £334,950.

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