November 2013  

ACTIVIST FREED
Caldicot eco-activist Anthony Perrett was freed on bail from a Russian prison pending trial on charges of hooliganism. Perrett is one of the Greenpeace supporters known as the ‘Arctic 30’
(see October 2013).

LOCAL SERVICES UNDER THREAT
Monmouthshire County Council continued to consider ways of saving £9 million in 2014/15. Amongst proposals under consideration were cutting subsidies for transporting post-16 students to colleges, reducing street cleaning in the town centre, switching off or dimming many street lamps and combining the one-stop-shop with the town library. Plans for handing some services, including Caldicot Castle, to the town council were also under consideration. Caldicot town council set up a ‘Localism Committee’ to consider the issues involved.

FLOODS LEAD TO DANGER AT STATION
Flooding of the underpass at Caldicot Railway Station meant that passengers on foot were unable to reach the westbound platform without putting themselves in danger by crossing the line.

NURSERY GRADED ‘GOOD’
Red Robins Nursery at Castle Park Primary School was graded ‘good’ following an inspection by Estyn.

5000 ATTEND FIREWORKS DISPLAY
In spite of poor weather, an estimated 5000 people attended the firework display at Caldicot Castle. The display, the first to be organised by the newly-formed Caldicot ‘Town Team’, was hailed a great success.

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 semi-detached property at £159,950. The most expensive was the castle lodge, a mock Tudor Grade 2 listed detached building with three bedrooms at £265,000.

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