November 2011  

NEW SUPERMARKET PROPOSAL
The long-running saga of plans to build a new supermarket in Caldicot took a dramatic new twist with an application by Castlegate Business Park to build a supermarket on the outskirts of Caldicot. The scheme was seen as jeopardising Monmouthshire County Council’s plans for building on  part of the comprehensive school field and in turn threaten plans for improvements to the school (see below). In spite of a request by Castlegate to defer a decision on the school field, MCC agreed to sell the land and stated that its “policy preference” was for a site near the centre of the town.

COUNCIL DOWNGRADES PLANS FOR SCHOOL
Monmouthshire County Council announced that it had downgraded its plans to build a new school and community campus on the comprehensive school site. Initial proposals to spend £209 million on school building in the county had been cut to £79 million. Instead of a new school, the school would be “remodelled”. No detailed plans of the “remodelled” school were available.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED MURDER
At the start of his trial at Cardiff Crown Court, Michael Ball of Sandy Lane, Caldicot, pleaded guilty to attempting to kill his wife. The trial was adjourned for reports, but the judge warned Ball that he faced a “lengthy custodial sentence”.

CCTV IMPROVEMENT
Caldicot Town Council decided to upgrade CCTV cameras in the town at a cost of £8,500.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of November 2011 was a two-bedroom end link house in Stafford Road at £114,950.  The most expensive was Secunda Barn, a four-bedroom barn conversion at £470, 000.

CRIME WATCH
The online “crime map” published by the Home Office showed that in October 2011 there were 83 reported incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour in Caldicot.  (www.police.uk).
(Note that from September 2011 new categories have been added, giving more details of offences formerly listed under ‘Other Crimes’.)

 

Burg-
lary

Anti-Social Behav-iour

Rob-
bery

Vehicle Crime

Violent Crime

Public Disorder and Weapons

Shop-
lifting

Criminal Damage and Arson

Other Theft

Drugs

Other
Crime

Total Crime

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

Apl 2011

1

51

0

4

3

 

 

 

 

 

16

75

May 2011

3

29

0

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

21

55

June 2011

6

32

0

3

5

 

 

 

 

 

14

60

July 2011

6

53

1

5

8

 

 

 

 

 

35

108

Aug 2011

5

55

0

3

5

 

 

 

 

 

32

100

Sept 2011

9

34

0

3

2

0

1

8

6

5

1

68

Oct 2011

3

53

0

4

1

0

5

8

3

5

1

83

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