July 2009

MOTORWAY SCHEME SCRAPPED
The Welsh Assembly Government announced that it had abandoned proposals for the building of a tolled motorway across the Caldicot Levels. The scheme was rejected as too expensive. Tolls would not raise sufficient funds to meet the one billion pound cost. As part of the transport strategy announced at the same time, WAG said it would be looking at developing a park and ride scheme at Severn Tunnel Junction.

SUPERMARKET PLANS SUSPENDED
Following the town council’s refusal to support the scheme for building a supermarket on the comprehensive school field, Monmouthshire County Council suspended the scheme. The town council continued to explore the possibility of holding a local referendum on the issue.

GRAVE CONCERN
Councillor John Marshall called upon the town council to urgently consider the problem of the shortage of burial plots in Caldicot. It was estimated that the town’s cemetery would be full in four years.

SCHOOL GOVERNORS
Town councillor Tony Easson called for parents to be able to present written questions to school governors’ meetings. He said he felt unwelcome when he attended a governors’ meeting at one of the town’s schools.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of July 2009 was a one bedroom mid-link starter home in Cobb Crescent at £99,950. The most expensive was a “superbly renovated and refurbished barn conversion” with four bedrooms at the old Church Farm at £525,000 (see July and August 2008 and February 2009).

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