July 2010

CASTLE CATERING COVER-UP
Local councillors condemned a decision by Monmouthshire County Council to keep secret a report on the tendering process at Caldicot Castle. The process led to the contract being lost by local firm Caldicot Castle Entertainments and awarded to Bristol company, Jameson’s Events, in April 2008. Jameson’s subsequently ceased trading in August 2009, leaving the castle without its banquets and tea room. The report was issued to MCC’s audit and accounts committee but not released to the press or public.

BOUNDARY CHANGES BRANDED ILLOGICAL
Proposals by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales to bring the village of Sudbrook into Caldicot’s Severn ward were criticised by local councillors. Councillor Jim Higginson said there was “an illogicality” about the proposal since the two communities were entirely distinct and even in separate parliamentary constituencies.

RAIDS LEAD TO ARRESTS
Caldicot police arrested 13 people and seized bikes, power tools and garden equipment in a series of raids aimed at detecting those responsible for a number of house, garage and shed break-ins. A quantity of drugs, including heroin, ketamine and cannabis, were also seized.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of July 2010 was a one bedroom terraced house in Stafford Road at £114,950. The most expensive was a “detached Victorian lodge” in Dewstow Road at £349,950.

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