April 2011  

TOWN TO VOTE ON SUPERMARKET PLANS
At a public meeting held on 28 April, local residents decided that the town council should hold a local poll on whether part of the field at Caldicot Comprehensive School should be sold for a new supermarket.  The ballot would be held within 28 days.

MAYOR CLEARED IN STANDARDS ROW
Councillor David Evans, Mayor of Caldicot, was cleared of charges that he had breached the councillors’ code of conduct. The complaint against him related to an alleged failure to declare an interest during the appointment of governors to Green Lane School. An Ombudsman’s investigation had referred the matter to Monmouthshire County Council’s standards committee, which, following an inquiry, decided that no breach of the code of conduct had taken place.

LABOUR VICTORY IN BY-ELECTION
At a by election in the West End Ward Labour gained a seat from Independent. The victorious candidate was Caroline Botchett. Full result: Caroline Botchett (Labour) –168; Patrick Maycock-Jones (Independent) –96; David Gale (Plaid Cymru) –74.  The turnout was 22.2%.

NEW SCHOOL GETS NAME
It was announced that the school replacing West End Infants and Green Lane Juniors is to be called Dewstow Primary and Nursery School.

PRAISE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL
Durand Primary School was rated ‘good’ in all categories by school inspectors.

ATTACKS ON SWANS
A group of youths with dogs were seen attacking swans and their eggs in Caldicot Country Park. Police were informed and asked members of the public to report any incidents on 101.

CRIME FALLING
The online “crime map” published by the Home Office showed that in March 2011 there were 67 reported incidents in Caldicot. Although there was a rise in Anti-Social Behaviour (possibly due to lighter nights), all other types of crime were down on previous months.  (www.police.uk)

 

Burglary

Anti-Social Behaviour

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

Feb 2011

3

35

0

2

3

16

59

Mar 2011

1

54

0

0

1

11

67

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of April 2011 was a one bedroom mid-link property in Stafford Road at £99,950. A similar property was advertised for sale in January at £104,950. 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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