October 2008

SCHOOL UPDATE TO COST MILLIONS
Figures released by Monmouthshire County Council show that a huge programme of building work, either on new buildings or maintaining existing ones, is required at Caldicot Comprehensive School. The report stated that parts of the school, including the science block opened in 1969, would have to close within five years unless considerable work was done to replace or update them.

COUNTY HALL FOR CALDICOT?
Monmouthshire County Council has announced plans to build a new headquarters to replace County Hall. A number of possible sites around the county have been identified, including one next to the Mitel factory. It is estimated that the new building will cost over £20 million pounds and will employ over 400 staff.

NEW TOP COP
Inspector Mike Boycott, 43, has been appointed to lead the team of officers at Caldicot police station. He has been a police officer for 24 years, beginning his career as a PC in Cwmbran.

COMPLAINTS OVER SCHOOL LIGHTING
Residents living next to the new Ysgol y Ffin at Sandy Lane have complained that car park lighting from the school is causing problems by shining directly into their homes from 5.30 each morning. A representative of Monmouthshire County Council stated that shades had been placed on three of the lights and that the time they came on each morning was being investigated.

ATTACK ON FOOTBALL CLUB
The clubhouse of Caldicot Castle Football Club was attacked by thieves who broke in through the roof. The thieves only managed to get away with a phone and £2 in cash, but the damage will cost hundreds of pounds to repair at a time when the club is still trying to repair flood damage from when the River Neddern broke its banks in September.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of September 2008 was a one bedroom mid-link property in Cobb Crescent at £123,500. The most expensive was a four bedroom property in Heol Towy at £279,500.

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