NEW GREEN AGENDA
Caldicot town council has supported a proposal by Councillor Anthony Perrett
to begin the process of becoming a “Transition Town”. The
project involves investigating ways of minimising the community’s
use of energy and resources. A meeting has been called for 7 p.m. on 17
September at the Choir Hall.
CANCELLED AFTER POP EVENT
Several thousand rock fans braved pouring rain to attend a rock festival
in Caldicot Castle Country Park headlined by tribute band Australian Pink
Floyd. The two-day festival also included sets by 12 local bands. However,
the ground in the park was so badly churned up that, following further
wet weather, it was in an unfit state for the town festival due to be
held on Bank Holiday Monday. The cancellation of the festival follows
the cancellation of the carnival due to bad weather in May.
Plaid Cymru town councillor David Ashwin has made a formal complaint to
the Local Government Ombudsman over a decision to limit the number of
letters each councillor could raise to two per meeting. Councillor Ashwin
claimed the decision was made unilaterally by the mayor, Councillor David
Evans, without a vote in council and that it restricted councillors’
ability to adequately represent their constituents. Councillor Evans has
rejected the complaint, stating that the matter was voted upon and that
it was necessary for the efficient conduct of the council’s business.
AT TELECOM COMPANY
Newport Networks, the telecom equipment company partly owned by Sir Terry
Matthews, has announced that it is reducing its staff from 35 to 8, making
27 employees redundant at its Caldicot site. The company is attempting
to sell off the firm after it made a $4.3 million loss in the first half
The Castle Inn, Caldicot, has reached the finals of the best family pub
in Britain after winning the award for the best family pub in Wales.
A number of Caldicot children have been refused entry to Castle Park Primary
School because the school, which replaced St Mary’s Junior and Sandy
Lane Infants, is oversubscribed.
Pub chain Wetherspoons has confirmed that it is looking for a “fairly
central” site in Caldicot.
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot
at the end of August 2008 was a one bedroom end-link property in Stafford
Road at £124,950. As in July, the most expensive was a “superbly
renovated and refurbished barn conversion” with four bedrooms (all
en-suite) at the old Church Farm at £525,000. According to the Halifax
Building Society the average house price in Caldicot in June 2008 was
£178,705, compared to 186,970 in June 2007.
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