October 2013  

CALDICOT MAN HELD BY RUSSIANS
Former Caldicot town councillor Anthony Perrett was arrested and held in custody by Russian security forces after taking part in a Greenpeace protest against drilling for oil in the Arctic by boarding a Russian exploration vessel. Along with 29 other Greenpeace activists he was initially charged with piracy, carrying a maximum sentence of 15 years. This was subsequently reduced to a charge of hooliganism, with a maximum penalty of seven years.

CALDICOT ‘TOWN TEAM’ ESTABLISHED
A ‘town team’ was established in Caldicot as part of plans for the town’s regeneration. The team, which replaced the Caldicot Regeneration Group, held drop-in sessions for the public in an unused town-centre shop. The team aimed to develop proposals for improvements to the town and to put these to public votes through the internet. It would work under a Severnside Project Board which would include representatives from the county, town and community councils, Melin Homes and local businesses.

SUPERMARKET-TOWN LINK PLANNED
Monmouthshire County Council agreed to allocate £25,000 towards planning the ‘Woodstock Way Linkage Scheme’ which would redesign the Woodstock Way area in such a way as to encourage shoppers at the proposed Asda store to use town-centre shops.

CASTLE FACES CUTS
Monmouthshire County Council was investigating ways of cutting the cost of the upkeep of Caldicot castle. Although Kellie Byrne, MCC chief regeneration officer, stated that there was “no question” of the castle closing, the council had to make £9 million in cuts over the coming year.

FLYING START IN CALDICOT
The Welsh Government Flying Start programme opened a childcare centre in the old West End nursery school. The centre would provide health visits, parent support, childcare and a playgroup for eligible families.

HOME BOOK SERVICE GROWING STRONG
Caldicot Library reported that it was delivering books to 237 readers. The scheme, which replaced the mobile library, was aimed at readers who cannot easily reach the library because of problems with mobility, ill-health or frailty.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of October 2013 was a three bedroom mid-terrace property in Newport Road at £109,950. The most expensive was Dewstow Lodge “a detached Victorian Lodge with a wealth of character and charm” at £349,950.

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