September 2013  

LOCAL SERVICES THREATENED BY COUNCIL CUTS
Monmouthshire County Council announced that it needed to make savings of £23 million over a four year period as result of cuts in government grants. While the council stated that it would seek to protect front line services, particularly in education and social services, cuts elsewhere were inevitable. Services provided by Caldicot library, the one stop shop, the leisure centre and Caldicot castle were regarded as particularly vulnerable. A 3% per annum increase in council tax and increased prices for school meals were also projected.

CONTRACTS EXCHANGED ON ASDA STORE
Monmouthshire County Council and Asda exchanged contracts relating to the sale of four acres of land at Caldicot comprehensive school, taking forward the longstanding plan to build a supermarket on the site. The move paved the way for commencement of a 12 week programme of work to move a sewer pipe and a fibre optic cable. Asda stated that they expected the store to open in 2015 and to create 200 jobs.

TELECOM GIANT OBJECTS TO FOOD STORE
Mitel Networks objected to plans by the Robert Hitchens Group to build a discount supermarket on the Castlegate Business Park, part of which is occupied by Mitel’s international headquarters. Mitel complained that the image and design of its building, which received frequent visits from important international customers, would be damaged by the store being built in front of it. Mitel announced that it had frozen all investment in the Caldicot site until the issue had ben resolved.

FALL IN ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
According to police figures there was a fall in reported incidents of anti-social behaviour over the summer. After hitting a peak of 56 in July (only one below the highest figure since figures began to be published online in 2010), reported incidents fell to 16 (the lowest since published figures began) in August.

DONATION TO FOOD BANK
Chepstow Round Table donated £470 to Caldicot food bank. The food bank opened in April 2013 with the aim of issuing food parcels to individuals and families in crisis.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of September 2013 was a three bedroom semi-detached property in Ash Grove at £126,450. The most expensive was a five bedroom detached property at £314,950.

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