February 2011  

WORK TO START ON NEW SCHOOL
Monmouthshire County Council announced that construction work on the new primary school at Green Lane would begin over the summer. Pupils from the old Green Lane School, who are being taught at West End Infants School, would move into the new building in September 2012. The school was designed to accommodate 210 pupils. Work was also underway on a new open-plan classroom at Castle Park School, costing £1.5 million and due to open in September 2011.

TRADERS SLAM CAR PARK CHARGES PLAN
At a public meeting with officials from Monmouthshire County Council, Caldicot traders were amongst those who spoke up to condemn proposals to end free car parking in the town. After the meeting, Leanne Chapman of Chapman’s discounts said, “The car park charges will kill Caldicot town centre. We need their help to make Caldicot a better town for visitors to want to come back not drive them away.”

ABOVE AVERAGE CRIME
The online “crime map” published by the Home Office showed that in December 2010 there were 32 incidents in central Caldicot, giving a crime rate of 16.28 (i.e. crimes per 1,000 people). Although above average for England and Wales, the rate was well below that of central Chepstow. (www.police.uk)

 

Burglary

Anti-Social Bevahviour

Robbery

Vehicle Crime

Violent Crime

Other Crime

Total

Dec 2010

10

48

1

3

9

21

92

Jan 2011

9

57

0

7

5

32

110

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARK PROTECTION PLAN
Monmouthshire County Council announced that it was to apply for protection for protection for parks at Hall Park, Denny View and Birbeck Road under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.
(Details on www.qe2fields.com). Meanwhile pupils from five local primary schools planted five new trees at George V playing fields.

WRITERS SHARE IDEAS
A Caldicot Writers group was set up, meeting each Wednesday at Caldicot Library, to offer informal support and constructive criticism.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of February 2011 was a three bedroom mid-link property in Denny View at £99,950. The most expensive was Court House at £549,950. Court House is one of Caldicot’s oldest and most historic buildings. The 15th century grade 2 listed building has been much altered but retains many of its original features. One of its finest features is its huge wooden front door. It is mentioned in medieval records of Caldicot Castle, when a ditch had to be dug around it to stop cattle eating the thatch from the roof. During the 19th century, one of its owners was Henry Jones, the Bristol flour merchant who invented self-raising flour. Once standing at the centre of a farm, it is now in the midst of the Castle Lea housing estate. It was previously on sale in 2007 with an asking price of £495,000.


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