January 2013  

THIEVES STRIP CHURCH ROOF
Thieves stool lead from the roof of St Mary’s Church causing around £15,000 worth of damage. The lead had been treated with SmartWater, a crime prevention solution which facilitates detection and identification.

CASTLE OPENING DELAYED BY SAFETY FEARS
It was announced by Monmouthshire County Council that Caldicot Castle would not open for the season as usual on 1 March following the issuing of an improvement notice issued by the Health and Safety Executive. The council was ordered to improve training and risk assessment procedures at the castle. Work was to be carried out to improve the handrails over the drawbridge and to inspect the drawbridge itself following an accident in October 2012 in which a visitor fell into the moat after a handrail had been vandalised.

SPORTS PITCH DELAYED
The construction of a £440,000 artificial sports pitch at Caldicot Comprehensive School was delayed as a result of problems with drainage which would require underground sewer pipes to be diverted.

SPORTSMAN DIES
Well-known Caldicot sportsman Frank Leybourne died in his sleep at the age of 84. Mr Leybourne had practised judo for 50 years rising to become a second dan and a Welsh judo coach.

COASTAL PATH COMPLAINT
Local walkers complained that the Caldicot to Black Rock section of the All Wales Coastal Path was polluted with dogs’ mess.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of January 2013 was a three-bedroom semi-detached property in Newport Road at £94,950. The most expensive was Llanthony Barn, a four-bedroom converted barn at £470,000.


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