ALLEGED AT CASTLE
Concerns continued to be raised over the collapse of the catering contract
at Caldicot Castle (see September 2009).
A report to Monmouthshire County Council pointed out that the cost to
the council of honouring existing bookings with Jameson’s Events,
which has ceased trading, remained unclear. The search for a new company
to take over the catering and banquets will begin after Christmas. Peter
Ellis, Director of Community Learning, insisted the maintenance programme
at the castle would not be affected. At a meeting of the Mor Hafren Area
Committee, Mike Rice of Caldicot Chamber of Trade, called for a public
inquiry on the issue. He said, “It has been alleged that there were
close ties between Jameson’s Events, members of the castle management
and also the consultants used to secure the contract.” MCC officials
promised an official response in due course.
Councillor John Marshall resigned from Caldicot Town Council. Councillor
Marshall, who was elected as a Labour councillor but then became an independent,
cited a number of complaints about the way the council was run, alleging
that it had mismanaged issues such as the proposed supermarket, the cemetery
and the flagpole outside the council office. He also argued that it had
failed to address vital issues such as crime and flooding. He claimed
that he had been “driven out” following personal attacks and
complaints about his conduct. He keeps his position as a County Councillor.
MAN ON ASSAULT
Malcolm Webb of Castle Lodge Crescent was remanded in custody charged
with causing grievous bodily harm to a Chepstow man following an incident
at Chepstow Bus Station on Sunday 18 October.
70 pupils at Durand School were given ‘fizzbook’ laptop computers
by computer firm Intel as part of a pilot project in e-learning.
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot
at the end of October 2009 was a one bedroom end of terrace in Stafford
Road at £109,000. A similar property was on the market in 2007 and
again in 2008 with an asking price of £127,950. The most expensive
was a four bedroom detached property in Mill Lane at £239,950.
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