January 2009

SUPERMARKET SAGA CONTINUES
Monmouthshire County Council formally approved plans to sell part of the Comprehensive School playing field for a new supermarket. The council reported that there had been six expressions of interest and that a short-listing process would begin shortly. It claimed that the new store would help to regenerate the town centre by bringing more shoppers into the town. However, an alternative “green” vision for Caldicot was put forward by town councillor Anthony Perrett, who called for a community-owned store selling local produce.

PUMPING STATION IN CASTLE PARK
Welsh Water announced proposals to build a pumping station in Caldicot Castle Country Park as part of a series of measures to alleviate flooding in Castle Lea and Chepstow Road. The town council approved plans for the six metre high structure on condition that it was screened by trees.

TOP PUB APPEALS OVER PLAY FORT
Stephen and Judy Gribble, owners of the award-winning Castle Inn, launched an appeal against a decision by Monmouthshire County Council to demand that a play fort, built in the pub garden without planning permission, should be taken down.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot in January 2009 was a two bedroom first floor flat in Longfellow Road at £94,950, reduced from £99,950. The cheapest house was a one bedroom mid link property in Stafford Road at £114,000. The most expensive, as in December, was a four bedroom property in Mill Lane at £255,000.

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