June 2008

AGREEMENT REACHED ON LAVE FISHING
The tradition of lave net fishing in the Caldicot area, which stretches back many centuries, has been saved for the time being following an agreement between the Black Rock lave net fishermen and the Environment Agency. The agreement, reached after a long period of complex and frustrating negotiations, allows seven fishermen and one trainee to catch up to fifteen salmon a season. Local MPs, AMs and community groups had actively supported the campaign and welcomed the news.

CONCERNS EXPRESSED OVER CHAMBER ACCOUNTS
In a letter to the local press Janet Harvey, a qualified accounting technician, expressed concern over the accounts that Caldicot & District Chamber of Trade and Commerce had presented to the town council. She stated that the accounts had been prepared and audited by the same person and that they had not been clearly verified. She argues that since the Chamber receives public money the accounts should be verified by a properly qualified person and that there should be full documentation to show how public funds have been spent.

CALL FOR CASTLE REPAIRS
Calls have been made for Monmouthshire County Council to make urgent repairs to a leaking roof at Caldicot Castle. Newport East AM has claimed that MCC has failed to attract government funds because of its failure to produce a clear programme of works for repairs. An MCC spokesman blamed “budget restraints” for the delay in carrying out repairs.

FESTIVAL TO INCLUDE PAGEANT
Following requests from groups who had entered floats for the Caldicot Carnival, which was cancelled due to heavy rainfall, the organisers of the town’s August Bank Holiday festival are to include a pageant as part of the event. All carnival entrants have been invited to take part, along with any new entrants.

CALDICOT BAND AT GLASTONBURY
Caldicot–based folk band One String Loose have been booked to appear on the Avalon Stage at the Glastonbury music festival.

MANAGER RESIGNS
Jason Pritchard, manager of Caldicot Town Football Club, has resigned for personal reasons. His replacement will be former Caldicot player Simon Wetter.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of June 2008 was “an extended three-bedroom semi-detached property in need of some updating” in Burns Crescent at £124,000. The most expensive was a six-bedroom house in Chepstow Road at £375,000.

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