November 2009

POLICE STATION AND SCHOOL UNDER THREAT
Caldicot police station was one of five Monmouthshire police stations identified for possible closure in a cost-cutting scheme under consideration by Gwent Police. The confidential report had been uploaded onto the force website by mistake. It stated that the stations could be replaced by a presence in one-stop shops and mobile units visiting the area at set times.
The Cabinet of Monmouthshire County Council approved a report setting out options for secondary education in the county. Options for the two comprehensive schools in the south of the county included, sharing certain sixth form classes, merging sixth forms or closing one school altogether. The Council faced considerable pressure from the Welsh Assembly Government to ditch the existing model of local schools with their own sixth forms. A period of consultation was announced.

LIGHTING STRIKES
Lightning blew a hole in the bathroom wall of a house in Caldicot.

RAIL DISRUPTION
Network Rail announced that services through Caldicot would be badly disrupted by work to lay new tracks in and out of the Severn Tunnel. Between 27 December and 3 January buses would replace trains.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of November 2009 was a one bedroom first floor flat near the Cross at £77,500. The cheapest house was a two bedroom end link in Estuary View at £127,950. The most expensive was a four bedroom detached property in Heol Glaslyn at £299,950.

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