April 2008

COUNCILLOR PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTACK ON WIFE
Caldicot town councillor Paul Tidmarsh pleaded guilty of attacking his wife with a wicker chair. He was remanded on bail at Cardiff Crown Court until 9 May. Mr Tidmarsh, a former mayor of Caldicot, was a candidate in the town council elections on 1 May.

POLES APART
Caldicot town council revoked its decision to allow the Chamber of Commerce to pay for the erection of a second flag pole near the council offices. Councillor Joanne Daniels, speaking for the controlling Plaid Cymru group, stated that the Chamber of Commerce had so far failed to produce audited accounts to show that it had the appropriate funds.

THE CHANGING FACE OF CALDICOT
Work proceeded rapidly on two important building projects in the town. A nursery unit was being constructed at Durand School as part of the reorganisation of primary schooling in the town. Retirement flats were under construction on the site of the former Francesca’s Restaurant.

CASTLE CRITIC EATS WORDS
A correspondent to the Wye Valley Review who claimed that the castle had been “parcelled up and handed over to Bristol” when Monmouthshire County Council awarded the catering contract to Bristol-based Jamesons catering company, withdrew his criticisms and apologised after admitting that he had been given “bad information” by “people he trusted”.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of April 2008 was a one-bedroom house in Cobb Crescent at £127,950. The most expensive property was a four-bedroom detached house in Heol Glaslyn at £309,950.

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