September 2008

WORK STOPS ON RETIREMENT FLATS
Anger has been expressed that after demolishing one of Caldicot’s landmark buildings, the former Francesca’s Restaurant at Westend, to build retirement flats, builders McCarthy and Stone have stopped work on the project leaving an ugly building site at a key position in the town. The company made 200 workers redundant in August and is said to have debts of £800 million.

NEW NURSERY OPENS
The new nursery unit at Durand School, built as part of Monmouthshire County Council’s plans for the reorganisation of primary schools in Caldicot, has opened. Durand School, which was opened in 1973, now caters for children aged from three to eleven.

ANOTHER AWARD FOR INN
Following its award as best family pub in Wales, the Castle Inn, Caldicot, has won the award for best pub in Wales in the Great British Pub Awards.

AGREEMENT REACHED OVER FLAGS
Caldicot town council has voted by seven to five to erect an additional flagpole at the council offices to allow the union flag to fly next to the Welsh dragon. Caldicot Chamber of Commerce has been calling for some months for the union flag to be flown. The council initially agreed to the proposal in February but reversed its decision in March following concerns over funding. The flagpole will be paid for by the Chamber of Commerce but some councillors have continued to express concern that the cost will ultimately fall on the town council since it gives a grant to the Chamber of Commerce.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of September 2008 was a three bedroom semi-detached property in Beech Road at £149,950. The most expensive was a four bed dormer bungalow in Castle Lea at £245,000

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