January 2012  

SUPERMARKET BIDDER TO BE REVEALED
Councillor Bob Greenland, deputy leader of Monmouthshire County Council, announced that the council’s preferred bidder for the supermarket to be built on part of the comprehensive school field would be announced in the spring. He added that surplus money from the sale would be ring-fenced for education, with the remodelling of Caldicot School being the council’s top priority amongst secondary schools. The building work would cost considerably in excess of the amount raised from the sale of the Caldicot land and therefore money raised from the sale of other sites in Monmouthshire would be added. A call by some local councillors to persuade the Welsh Government to review MCC’s decision to grant itself planning permission for the supermarket was rejected.

OTHOPAEDIC SERVICE TO BE WITHDRAWN
Aneurin Bevan Health Board’s decision to withdraw orthopaedic services from Caldicot were severely criticised by local councillors. They argued that this move, along with the closure of the minor injuries unit at Chepstow Community Hospital, had been carried out without consultation with the people of Severnside.

INSPECTORS CRITICISE LOCAL SCHOOL
A report by school inspectors judged standards at Green Lane School to be ‘adequate’. Overall standards in literacy had declined and improvements were said to be needed in handwriting and Welsh. Continuous disruptive behaviour by a number of pupils was identified as a significant problem. In spite of the criticisms, the inspection team recognised that the school had been through a difficult period, sharing facilities at West End Infant School while the new Dewstow Primary School was being built, and reported that prospects for improvement were good due to the forthcoming move to the new school.

NEW MP FOR CALDICOT?
The Boundary Commission proposed that Caldicot should become part of a new Monmouthshire constituency for parliamentary elections. The Newport East constituency, to which Caldicot had belonged, would be abolished.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of January 2012 was a two-bedroom flat in Oakley Way at £74,950. The cheapest house was a three bedroom terrace in Longfellow Road at £115,000. The most expensive was Fir Tree House at £514,950.

CRIME WATCH
The online “crime map” published by the Home Office showed that in December 2011 there were 47 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

Nov 2011

4

19

0

2

3

0

4

3

7

2

1

45

Dec 2011

1

30

0

1

0

0

3

4

5

3

0

47


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