June 2010

CARE HOME SAVED
Monmouthshire County Council reversed its decision to close the respite care home at Budden Crescent. The decision followed a vigorous campaign by users and their parents. MCC decided that instead of closure, the home would be scaled down from a five bed unit to a two bed unit with additional facilities.

CALL FOR MAYOR TO RESIGN
County Councillor John Marshall called for the mayor of Caldicot, David Evans, to resign, following a report from the Public Service Ombudsman that the mayor breached the councillors’ code of conduct during a discussion on proposals to build a supermarket on Caldicot School’s field by failing to declare that he was a member of the school’s governing body. Mr Evans rejected the resignation call. Mr Evans’ supporters declared that the breaches were merely technical and did not involve any financial gain.

COUNCILLOR NETS COMMITTEE POST
In an unusual development, a Labour County Councillor has been appointed chair of a select committee of the Conservative controlled Monmouthshire County Council. Caldicot’s Tony Easson has been appointed chair of the economy and development select committee.

CASTLE CUPPAS RETURN
The tea rooms at Caldicot Castle reopened after the owners of the Dragon Tree Cafe at Tintern were engaged by Monmouthshire County Council to take over the catering contract in a temporary arrangement pending a tendering process later in the year.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of June 2010 was a three bedroom mid terrace house in Moorlands View at £89,775. The most expensive was a four-bedroom detached house in Heol Glaswyn at £242,950.

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