December 2008

CLAIMS THAT STORE PLAN MAY FLOUNDER
Plans to build a supermarket on part the playing field at Caldicot Comprehensive School may collapse as a result of delays in the scheme. Monmouthshire County Council agreed in principle to sell the land in 2003. Plans were drawn up and then amended to provide better access from the supermarket site to the town centre. However, MCC has still to decide whether to go ahead with the sale of the land. The scheme continues to cause controversy in Caldicot. Town Councillor John Marshall claimed that “every house” in Caldicot had been surveyed and that 83% of the residents were in favour of the scheme. Others have argued that it is wrong to sell playing fields and that the supermarket will damage rather than help exiting businesses in the town.

TOWN COUNCIL CUTS TAX
Caldicot Town Council cut the precept (the amount it adds to the Council Tax paid to Monmouthshire County Council) by 5%. Most of the £9,000 saving will come by taking £5,000 from reserves.

CHAIRMAN MIKE RESIGNS
Mr Mike Rice has resigned as Chairman of the Caldicot Regeneration Group. The group has been campaigning for a second supermarket in Caldicot to be built on part of the Comprehensive School playing fields. Mr Rice expressed fears that the project had stalled and that Monmouthshire County Council would not be able to drive it forward.

PYRAMID SELLING SCHEME SWEEPS CALDICOT
There were reports that a pyramid selling scheme known as ‘Golden Key’ was sweeping through Caldicot with women in particular buying £3,000 shares in the hope of receiving a £24,000 payback.

42 YEARS OF CARING
Marcia Powell of Caldicot retired as a Monmouthshire County Council home carer after 42 years in the job.

A TRUE CHRISTIAN
John Mills was presented with a certificate at Caldicot Methodist Church in recognition of 52 years fundraising for Christian Aid.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Pupils at Caldicot Comprehensive School sent 150 decorated shoe boxes full of gifts for underprivileged children to the Operation Christmas Child Appeal.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot in December 2008 was a two bedroom first floor flat in Longfellow Road at £99,950. The cheapest house was a three bedroom end link property in Wahausel Close at £125,000. The most expensive was a four bedroom property in Mill Lane at £255,000.

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