February 2010

FAMILIES PROTEST AGAINST HOME CLOSURE
Families from around Monmouthshire protested against Monmouthshire County Council’s proposal to close he respite home for adults with learning difficulties at Budden Crescent, Caldicot. The home, which opened in 1992 and has five beds plus one emergency bed, is used at different times by adults from 40 families. It employs 18 members of staff and costs £395,000 per year to run. The closure proposal followed Torfaen Council’s withdrawal from the joint funding of the home, leaving MCC with a shortfall of £129,000. If the home closes residents will be sent to homes in the private sector at an estimated total cost of £199,000 a year.

CHARGES DROPPED
Assault charges against former councillor Graham Powell have been dropped. The charges followed an alleged attack with a stick on a 15 year old boy in December 2009 (See January 2010).

CONDITIONAL DISCHARGE FOR PROTEST COUNCILLOR
Caldicot town councillor Anthony Perrett was given a two year conditional discharge by magistrates in Southampton following his arrest in February 2009 during a protest at Southampton airport (See February 2009).

GUILTY PLEA
Malcolm Webb, 20, of Castle Lodge Crescent, Caldicot, pleaded guilty to assault and GBH following an attack on a man at Chepstow bus station in October 2009.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of February 2010 was a one bedroom first floor flat near the Cross at £77,500. The cheapest house was a two bedroom semi-detached property in Keats Road at £130,000. The most expensive was a six bedroom detached property in Chepstow Road at £315,000.

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