TO CONTINUE TO GROW
Latest information from Monmouthshire County Council indicates that over
650 new homes are planned for Caldicot and Portskewett by 2021. The Local
Development Plan Newsletter reveals that 45 new homes were built between
2006 and 2008 and planning permission has already been granted for 235
more. Potential sites have already been identified for a further 82. 339
homes are scheduled for sites which have not yet been identified or which
do not yet have planning permission. With another 450 homes planned for
the other villages of the ‘Caldicot conurbation’ (Rogiet,
Sudbrook, Undy, Magor) it is clear that the growth that has been witnessed
over the last 50 years has not yet ended. Some councillors have expressed
concern over the plans. Councillor Tony Easson pointed out that some of
the land earmarked for development in Caldicot had already been turned
down for planning permission on two occasions.
Councillors are calling for the trial period for the Saturday market in
Caldicot to be continued until the end of November.
CONCERN OVER AMBULANCES
County Councillor Jim Higginson has called for representatives of the
Welsh Ambulance Service Trust to personally attend county hall to explain
the poor ambulance response times in the area. He said, “It is about
time somebody got to grips with the problem. It’s been there for
quite some time and really its not good enough.” Figures for Autumn
2008 show that only 53% of life-threatening calls were responded to within
the eight minute target time.
The recruitment of new volunteers has led to the reopening of the Caldicot
Shopmobility scheme. The scheme is now to be co-ordinated by Churches
Together in Caldicot. Shoppers with mobility problems will be able to
hire scooters from the base in Jubilee Way car park on Tuesdays and Fridays
between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The times have been co-ordinated with the arrival
of the Green Routes bus. It is hoped to recruit more volunteers to allow
for longer opening times.
A support group for asthma sufferers has been set up in Caldicot. Breathe
Easy Caldicot holds meetings in Caldicot Choir Hall featuring guest speakers.
For more details phone the British Lung Foundation on 01792 455764.
PHOTO IN EXHIBITION
A photograph taken by Caldicot green campaigner Anthony Perrett has been
included in the Welsh Artist of the Year Exhibition at St David’s
Hall, Cardiff. The photo, taken during the snowy weather in February,
shows a banner with the words “Supermarket Here?” slung between
the rugby posts at the comprehensive school against a background of a
white school field. The exhibition runs until 25th July.
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot
at the end of May 2009 was, as in March and April, a one bedroom property
in Keats Road at £92,950. The most expensive was a six bedroom detached
property in Chepstow Road at £369,950.
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