January 2011  

RENEWED  THREAT OF PARKING CHARGES
A report recommending that Monmouthshire County Council introduce car parking charges in Caldicot and other towns was condemned by local councillors and businesses. With many shops and businesses in the town centre struggling to survive, fears were expressed that such charges would have a serious impact.

AMBULANCE COMPLAINT
A Caldicot parent complained to the Welsh Ambulance Service after waiting over an hour for an ambulance to respond to an emergency call for his asthmatic son. Mr and Mrs Hardcastle called for an ambulance on 12 January when four-year old Pierce was experiencing breathing difficulties. They finally abandoned their wait and took their son to hospital by car. They reported that during the journey Pierce was ‘drifting in and out of consciousness’. Pierce was diagnosed with a serious chest infection and kept under observation for several hours before being allowed home. A spokesman for the ambulance service said the complaint was being investigated.

POLICE CRACKDOWN
Caldicot police stopped 27 vehicles in a two day operation. Six drivers had their vehicles seized for offences including having no insurance and driving without a license. One person was arrested for burglary. Thirteen fixed penalty notices were issued.

BOYS DONE GOOD
Caldicot scout Marcus Vine (13) was selected as one of the 144 scouts from Wales to attend the World Scouting Jamboree in Sweden. Young boxer Scott Webber was selected to represent Wales in an international tournament in Dublin.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of January 2011 was, as in September, October and November, a one bedroom mid-link property in Stafford Road at £104,950. The most expensive was a three bedroom detached house in a large plot of land (no address given) at £299,950.

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