July 2014  

COUNCIL ALLOCATES CASH FOR SCHOOL REBUILD
Monmouthshire County Council cabinet members approved a grant of £31.5 million for the rebuilding of Caldicot School pending approval from the Welsh Government, which will pay half the cost.

AWARD FOR FAST REACTION
Ten-year-old Maddison Bailey from Caldicot was awarded a certificate by the Welsh Ambulance Service in recognition of her quick thinking when her grandmother suffered a stroke. Madison noticed that her grandmother was slurring her speech and recognised from the TV ‘FAST’ adverts (Face, Arm, Speech, Time) that it was a symptom of a stroke. She immediately called 999, greatly improving her grandmother’s prospects for recovery.

COUNTRY PARK RETAINS GREEN FLAG
Caldicot Castle and Country Park was again awarded a ‘green flag’ in recognition of the high standards achieved.

QUESTIONS OVER EISTEDDFOD FUNDING
A report that each ward in Monmouthshire would be set a fundraising target to help pay for the 2016 National Eisteddfod, to be held in Abergavenny, led some residents to query why an overwhelmingly non Welsh-speaking area with some of the most deprived wards in the county should subsidise an event 30 miles away from which Caldicot would gain no apparent benefit.

HOUSE PRICES RISE
The Zoopla website claimed that average house prices in Caldicot had risen by 11% in seven months, to £222,346. In Wales as a whole the increase was by 3.5% to £165,642.

PROPERTY WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of July 2014 was, as in June, a one bedroom cluster house in Grove Gardens at £79.920. The most expensive, also as in June, was a five bedroom detached property in Clos Ystwyth at £284,950.

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