March 2014  

CONCERNS OVER FUTURE OF CASTLE
Concerns were expressed over the future of Caldicot Castle following a statement from a spokesman for Monmouthshire County Council that a trust may be set up to run the castle if plans to improve its financial position prove ineffective. In 2013/14 there was an £80,000 overspend on the castle’s budget and measures were been put into place in an attempt to clear this during 2014/15. Changes were made to the staffing structure, with the aim of saving £40,000, and the castle would be closed on Mondays. Plans were also put in place to improve income by increasing the number of weddings and corporate events held at the castle.

CALDICOT POLICE STATION TO REMAIN CLOSED
In spite of re-opening the police stations at Chepstow and Monmouth the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent rejected calls for Caldicot police station to be re-opened.

FOOD FESTIVAL CANCELLED
Plans to hold a food festival at Caldicot castle were called off after organisers were unable to secure guarantees of financial assistance from the Welsh Government.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of March 2014 was a three bedroom semi-detached house at £157,995. The most expensive was a five bedroom detached property at £304,950.

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