FOR CALM ON COUNCIL
The fierce arguments between members of Caldicot town council continued.
So disturbed was Pastor Jim Davies of Elim Pentacostal Church, a visitor
to the town council meeting, by the bad atmosphere that he intervened
to call for calm, calling upon councillors to “work together for
the good of the town”. At the meeting, the mayor, Councillor David
Ashwin, refused to apologise for comments he had allegedly made to Mike
Rice of the Caldicot Chamber of Commerce (See January
2008). He had previously rejected calls for his resignation.
In later developments, Labour Councillor John Marshall made an official
complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman about the mayor’s behaviour
and Mr Rice resigned as events organiser for Caldicot Chamber of Commerce,
allegedly after he was criticised by some of his own members for his handling
of the disagreements with the town council.
PRAISE FROM INSPECTORS
Caldicot Comprehensive School was praised following the publication of
the report carried out by Estyn in November. The report stated that the
school had made “outstanding progress” over the last six years.
It went on to identify a number of praiseworthy features, including “dynamic
leadership”, “high quality support for pupils” and the
international links programme. 78% of lessons were graded one or two on
a five point scale –well above the national average. Overall Caldicot
was judged to be “a great school with many outstanding features”.
Elaine Davies, former mayor of Caldicot, died of cancer at the age of
54. A member of the Labour Party, she represented the West End ward for
ACCESS AT SEVERN TUNNEL
The government announced that Severn Tunnel Junction will be amongst the
stations to be included in a programme of improvements under the Access
to All scheme. The improvements will mainly be directed at making the
platforms more accessible to passengers, particularly the disabled and
parents with pushchairs.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
As last month, the cheapest property advertised in the local press for
sale in Caldicot at the end of February 2008 was a two-bedroom flat in
Norman Court at £104,950 and the cheapest house was a three-bedroom
semi-detached in Oakley Way at £124,000. The most expensive property
was a five-bedroom detached property in Chepstow Road at £299,950.
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