ON SCHOOL FIELD
Caldicot town councillor and green activist Anthony Perrett planted 175
saplings on the edge of the playing field at Caldicot Comprehensive School
as part of a continuing campaign against proposals to build a supermarket
on the site. School authorities said the proximity of the trees to a rugby
pitch presented a health and safety problem meaning the pitch could not
be used. Monmouthshire County Council informed councillor Parrett that
unless he removed the trees he would be charged for the cost of the work.
MCC workers subsequently removed the trees to Bulwark Cemetery, while
Councillor Parrett was at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. A
spokesman from MCC stated that no decision had been made on the future
of the trees since they were still the property of Councillor Perrett.
Monmouthshire County Council put forward proposals to merge Green Lane
Junior and West End Infants and Nursery Schools into a single newly built
school on the Green Lane site. The proposal was part of the council’s
plan to reduce surplus school places in the area. The new 210 pupil school
would reduce school places by 117. It was announced that £5.6 million
of the £7 million cost would come from the Welsh Assembly Government,
while the remainder would come from MCC.
Plaid Cymru candidate Earl Harvey beat Labour’s Julian Porter to
win the town council by-election in Dewstow ward. The by-election was
caused by the resignation of Councillor John Marshall.
A report by a Monmouthshire County Council working party recommended that
while the number of public toilets in the county should be cut, those
at Caldicot Castle Country Park should remain open.
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