January 2008

The animosity between Caldicot town council and the secretary of the Chamber of Commerce continued with a fresh row over yet another unlikely matter. This time it was flagpoles. Mike Rice, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, supported by Conservative Councillor James Harris, has called for a second flagpole to be erected outside the town council office so that the Union Flag could be flown alongside the Welsh dragon. The Chamber of Commerce offered £200 towards the £1000 cost. The Plaid Cymru-controlled town council rejected the proposal on grounds of cost. Mr Rice stated, “Caldicot is close to the English border, and a lot of people feel passionate about having a Union Flag.” Plaid Cymru councillors have denied that they are trying to make a nationalist statement by rejecting the proposal. Councillor Joanne Daniels stated, “If the Chamber of Commerce was willing to fund the whole cost it would not be a problem at all.”

Twenty-year-old Gareth Morgan of Longfellow Court, Caldicot, has been sent to prison for 12 months after posting indecent images of his ex-girlfriend on and outside her house as an act of revenge after she made allegations, which were later dropped, that he had been violent to her. A concurrent sentence was imposed for having sex with an under-age girl.

The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of January 2008 was a two-bedroom flat in Norman Court at £104,950. The cheapest house was a three-bedroom semi-detached in Oakley Way at £124,000. The most expensive property was a four-bedroom detached bungalow in Castle Lea at £299,950.

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