March 2010

HOMES PLAN DEFERRED
Monmouthshire County Council planning committee deferred a decision on plans for 109 new houses off Church Road after objections from the town council and local residents. The objections raised concerns over sewerage, gas mains, traffic and schooling. A particular concern was that sewerage from the homes would further pollute the Neddern Brook.

COUNCIL OPPOSES HOME CLOSURE
Caldicot Town Council voiced its opposition to MCC’s proposal to close the respite care home at Budden Crescent and called a meeting with other town and community councils affected by the closure. Parents rejected the alternatives offered by MCC, which included stays in private sector care homes and direct payments to allow them to arrange their own care. The final decision was postponed by MCC until after the general election.

MAN SENTENCED FOR ASSUALTS
Malcolm Webb, 20, of Castle Lodge Crescent, was sentenced to three years in a young offenders institution after pleading guilty to separate assaults leading to grievous bodily harm, one in Caldicot and the other in Chepstow. The first assault was carried out while he was serving a suspended sentence for dangerous driving, while the second assault was carried out while he was on bail for the first.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest properties advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of March 2010 were three bedroom semi-detached properties in New Road and Castle Lodge Crescent at £129,950. The most expensive was a four bedroom detached property in Clos Rheidol at £249,000.

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