Town councillor Tony Easson has complained that many of the treasures
belonging to Caldicot Castle have been taken away by Monmouthshire County
Council for ‘safe keeping’. He referred specifically to rare
Indian textiles that were on display in Chepstow Museum, and stated that
these, ‘along with many more artifacts taken away over time’
should be returned to the castle.
STEP UP SEARCH FOR MISSING SON
The parents of James Nutley, who disappeared in Tenby three years ago,
have returned to the town to put up more posters calling for information
about him. The reward has been increased from £5,000 to £10,000.
A video podcast featuring James has been issued by the Missing People
charity and his case will feature on a BBC TV programme Missing in the
new year. Anyone with information should phone the Missing People confidential
service on 0800 700 700.
GO DOWN AS BARRIERS GO UP
Monmouthshire County Council is seeking local opinion on the barriers
which have been erected across the entrance to Caldicot Castle Country
Park. The barriers were originally installed for a six-week trial period,
which ended on 11 October, with the aim of restricting vehicle access
at night and thereby cutting incidents of vandalism and anti-social behavior
in the park. County Councillor Bob Greenland, council member for countryside,
stated that although the barriers were “very inconvenient”,
complaints about anti-social behavior and litter in the park had “almost
disappeared” since they were erected.
JAZZES UP THE TOWN
The 6th Caldicot Jazz Festival was attended by about 100 people. The event,
which was held at the leisure centre over a three day period, featured
eight bands, including the Caldicot School Big band, and a number of workshops.
PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ‘NOT SAFE’
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association have complained that the pedestrian
crossing at Sandy Lane is unsafe for visually-impaired people to use.
The issue was raised at a meeting of Caldicot town council by local resident
Laura Wilson, who is visually-impaired. The GDBA is supporting her call
for a pelican light-controlled crossing to be installed.
CALDICOT LOWEST FOR DRINK-RELATED VIOLENT CRIME
Figures released by Gwent Police state that, within their area, 12% of
violent crimes against the person where alcohol is a factor were committed
in Caldicot. The list was headed by Chepstow (47%), then Abergavenny (21%),
followed by Monmouth (20%).
CONDEMNS CLOSURE OF CASH COUNTER
Member of Parliament Jessica Morden has called for cash counters for the
payment of council tax and other bills to be reopened at Caldicot and
other Monmouthshire County Council ‘One Stop Shops’ in the
county. She stated: ‘Closing the office in Caldicot is a false economy’,
pointing out that Monmouthshire already has council tax arrears of £3.6
million, the largest amount per household in the whole of Wales. Her call
was supported by Assembly Member John Griffiths. MCC member for finance,
Phil Murphy, replied that fewer people were paying by cash, making it
more expensive to collect tax in this way, and that people could pay by
direct debit, credit card over the phone and over the internet.
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot
at the end of October 2007 was a two-bedroom mid-link in Estuary View
at £142,000. The most expensive property was a four-bedroom detached
house in Heol Teifi at £279,000.
<< September 2007
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