SEEK TO DITCH CASTLE
Monmouthshire County Council has rejected a proposal to devise a firm
programme of repairs to Caldicot Castle after being told by its director
of finance, Steve Greenslade, that the money was not available. The proposal
had been made following a campaign by Councillor Tony Easson. Urgent work
is required to prevent water damage to the south west tower, to repair
rotting windows in the banquet hall and to deal with subsidence to the
steps to the keep. The results of a structural survey are due shortly.
Comments from a number of councillors suggest that the ruling group is
seeking to relinquish its ownership of the castle and therefore its responsibility
to maintain it in good repair. Councillor Giles Howard (Llanelly Hill)
pointed out that the County Council could not access funding from sources
such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, while Councillor Brian Strong (Usk)
said, “If Caldicot town council bought the castle it could get help
from organisations such as Cadw for the work”. Liz Hacket Pain,
MCC Cabinet member, called for local people to “drive the project
forward” by seeking funds from other sources. Councillor Easson
responded to the decision by stating that “residents of Caldicot
are constantly being short changed”.
GIFT TO CASTLE
The granddaughter of a man born at Caldicot Castle has presented a collection
of family memorabilia to Caldicot Castle. They include photographs taken
on board the Foudroyant, the training ship run by Mr Cobb, the castle
Monmouthshire County Council has considered options for local housing
development. In the Draft Options Report for the Local Development Plan,
options to be considered for further development include land between
Caldicot and Rogiet, near the proposed new M48 junction. The report also
pointed out that opportunities for development in Caldicot are restricted
by the policy of maintaining a “green wedge” to keep Caldicot
separate from Rogiet, by protection given to the Severn Levels as a Site
of Special Scientific Interest and by the danger of flooding on the Levels.
A new wireless CCTV camera, giving a clearer image than the existing cameras,
has been installed in Caldicot town centre. Chris Norman, CCTV development
officer for MCC, reported that the existing cameras had led to six arrests
in the town.
Former Caldicot School pupil Derek Kitcher, now serving with Gwent Police
at Monmouth, has received a Chief Constable’s Commendation in recognition
of the enthusiasm and maturity he showed in his probationary period.
Local Estate Agents have stopped advertising properties for sale in the
local press. Watch this space!
<< October 2008
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