FIGHT TO SAVE LIBRARY BUILDING
Members of the Friends of Caldicot Library have rejected suggestions by Monmouthshire County Council that the town’s library should be moved out of its purpose-built building to another location in the town. At a meeting with MCC officers it was pointed out that Caldicot people had waited 25 years for a new library building, which was eventually opened in 1997, and that any move was likely to be into less appropriate premises. In return MCC officials stated that while the One Stop Shop would be moved into the library, no relocation of the library would take place without a detailed appraisal of the business case and full consultation. No alternative location had yet been identified.
PROTEST OVER SCHOOL CATCHMENT CHANGES
Parents in Portskewett expressed opposition to proposals by Monmouthshire County Council to move the village out of the catchment area for Caldicot School and into the catchment area for Chepstow School. They pointed out that some Portskewett children live only a mile from Caldicot School but would face a five mile journey to Chepstow.
CHOIR’S CHARITY EFFORT
Caldicot Male Voice Choir, which has 87 members, donated over £8000 to Prostate Cymru, which works in the field of prostate cancer.
LITTER SITUATION IMPROVED
It was reported that increases in the amount of litter in the paved area near the new ASDA store had been resolved through changes to MCC’s street cleaning schedule, with the cleaner now visiting the area once a week. Mayor of Caldicot, Alan Davies, expressed fears that cuts to the cleaning budget would lead to more litter problems in the town.
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