STANDS FIRM ON SUPERMARKET
An attempt by Monmouthshire County Council officials to persuade Caldicot
town council to reverse its opposition to plans for a supermarket on the
comprehensive school field failed. Councillors John Marshall and Tony
Easson, supporters of the scheme, requested a special meeting to allow
MCC representatives to again put their plans to the town council, but
following the meeting councillors voted to postpone any decision for four
weeks until more information is available. Councillors were supportive
of a second supermarket in principle but remain unconvinced that one on
the proposed site would help to regenerate the town centre. In response,
MCC suspended planning work on the project.
Meanwhile, the opening of the new Waitrose supermarket, which replaced
Somerfield, was a great success. The new store seemed to be bringing shoppers
from surrounding towns and villages. Local cynics have cast doubt on whether
there is a market for bottled squid in Caldicot and are monitoring the
SOLUTION IN SIGHT
New steps to resolve flooding problems in Castle Lea and Caldicot Road
are set to go ahead with plans by Welsh Water to improve the storm drain
system and to construct a storm water pumping system in the grounds of
the country park. The scheme is likely to cost £2.5 million.
TO BE BUILT
Following a campaign by local residents, including 22 year old blind woman
Laura Wilson, funding has been granted for a pelican crossing near the
corner of Sandy Lane and Jubilee Way. It is, however, likely to be spring
2010 before the crossing is built.
SAGA REACHES CONCLUSION?
Following a disagreement over the height of flagpoles outside the town
council offices, the Chamber of Commerce has agreed to lower the flagpole
which it recently installed. The Chamber of Commerce insists, however,
that it does not accept that the flagpole was initially installed incorrectly.
Meanwhile, the union flag stolen from the flagpole has been returned.
Alun Fred Jones, Welsh Assembly Government heritage minister visited Caldicot
Castle and pledged support for proposals for restoration and improved
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot
at the end of June 2009 was a first floor flat with two double bedrooms
in Longfellow Road at £94,950. The cheapest house was a one-bedroom
mid link starter home in Cobb crescent at £99,950. The most expensive
was a four bedroom detached property in Clos Aled at £249,950.
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