April 2010

HOPE FOR NEW SCHOOLS

Monmouthshire County Council has approved plans for the demolition and rebuilding of its four comprehensive schools, including Caldicot. The new schools will be designated “community learning centres”. The rebuilding programme will be heavily dependent upon funding from the Welsh Assembly Government, which would be expected to contribute about 70% of the cost.

The Council also took another step towards the building of a new primary school. Following the completion of the consultation process, the cabinet approved plans to issue statutory notices for the closure of Green Lane Junior and West End Infant and Nursery Schools and to open a new school with 210 primary places and 60 nursery places on the Green Lane site. The proposal will cut the number of surplus school places in Caldicot by 117. The new school is expected to cost £7 million, of which £5.6 million will come from the Welsh Assembly Government and £1.4 million from MCC.

COUNTY COUNCIL UNDER FIRE OVER STATE OF ROADS
Caldicot town council passed a vote of no confidence in Monmouthshire County Council’s highways department over the poor state of roads in the town. The town council is particularly concerned about Sandy Lane and Church Road. A spokesman for MCC said that officers would be meeting the town council and that the roads would be resurfaced shortly, following the replacement of gas pipes.

CONCERN FOR SAFETY OF SWANS
Councillor John Marshall has called for dogs to be banned from the area around the lake in Caldicot Castle Country Park following fears for the safety of cygnets. It is believed that dogs were responsible for the death of two cygnets last year. The two swans that live at the lake have produced two eggs this year. Existing by-laws state that owners must keep their dogs under control and stop them disturbing wildlife.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of April 2010 was a two double-bedroom link property in an undisclosed location at £129,950. The most expensive was a four double-bedroom detached property in Clos Towy asking for offers over £320,000.

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