December 2006

TRAIN COMPANY HITS REVERSE GEAR
Local commuters have achieved a remarkable victory in persuading First Great Western Trains to reverse its plans to cut peak hour trains from Severn Tunnel Junction.

BY-ELECTION VICTORY FOR LABOUR
Tony Easson, the Labour Party candidate, has been elected to Caldicot town council at a by-election in Dewstow Ward, defeating Cynthia McKeown (Plaid Cymru) by just twelve votes. Mr Easson, a retired steelworker, recently spearheaded a campaign against restrictions to the opening hours at Caldicot Castle.

POLITICIANS CALL FOR NEW SURGERY
Caldicot town councillors are pushing for a second surgery to be opened in the town. Councillor John Marhall argued that the need for a second surgery was apparent since Chepstow has three. A meeting at Grayhill Surgery, attended by local politicians including John Griffiths AM, David Davies MP and County Councillor James Harris, was told that the Caldicot practice looks after 21,000 patients.

MCC DETERMINED TO SELL SCHOOL LAND
Monmouthshire County Council’s determination to sell part of the playing field at Caldicot Comprehensive School was made clear by Councillor Phil Murphy, cabinet member for finance, when he stated that the county’s school improvement programme would be funded by the sale of council assets, including four acres at Caldicot. He stated that “a fair proportion” of the money raised from the sale would be invested in the school.

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