November 2007

SCHOOL REORGANISATION TO GO AHEAD
The Welsh Assembly Government has approved Monmouthshire County Council’s proposals for reorganisation of primary education in Caldicot. This means that from September 2008:
*Sandy Lane Infants’ School will close.
*St Mary’s Junior School will become a primary school, absorbing the Sandy Lane pupils.
*A nursery will be added to Durand Primary School.
*Ysgol y Ffin, the Welsh medium school, will move from Sudbrook to occupy the Sandy Lane site. A nursery will be attached. The new school will have places for 210 pupils plus 30 in the nursery.

COUNCILLOR JOINS CONSERVATIVES
County Councillor James Harris, who was elected for West End as an Independent, has joined the Conservatives.

COUNCIL WITHDRAWS THREAT TO CCTV
Caldicot Town Council has withdrawn its threat to withdraw its share of funding, amounting to £11,500, from the Monmouthshire CCTV scheme. Withdrawal of the funding would have meant that the CCTV system would have been switched off. Town councillors have been unhappy at the poor quality and lack of local control over the system. The threat to withdraw funding arose out of the failure of negotiations, over a three year period, to secure improvements. The Chamber of Commerce and local police have expressed concern that the town would be left without CCTV protection. The town council will continue to press for improvements to the system and has refused to guarantee that further payments will be made if these are not forthcoming.

SAM DELIGHTED AT RETURN OF MEDAL
Merchant Navy veteran Sam Parsons thought that his Atlantic Star medal had gone for good when he lost it at the Remembrance Day service at Caldicot Cross on 11 November. However, after press publicity, the medal was found and returned to its owner.

PARTY PANDEMONIUM
Two brothers were given suspended sentences after violence flared at a party in Longfellow Road Caldicot in March 2007. Police were called and, after being surrounded by an angry mob, used pepper spray and batons to control the situation. Ryan and Laurence Nation both pleaded guilty of using threatening words and behavior and were sentenced to four months in a young offenders institution, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 150 hours community service and pay £263 costs. Ryan Nation was also ordered to pay £250 to P.C. Richard Love.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of November 2007 was a three-bedroom mid-link in Oakley Way at £134,950. The most expensive properties were four-bedroom detached houses in Kirrlach Close and Taff Road, each at £254,950.

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