February 2015  

NEW SCHOOL BRINGS WORK FOR LOCALS
Contractors Interserve, appointed to build new secondary schools in Caldicot and Monmouth, announced that they would be seeking every opportunity to use local firms and workers on both projects. The company estimated that up to 400 bricklayers could be employed on the two schools, although it doubted whether so many skilled workers could be found. At Caldicot, work on preparing the ground was scheduled to begin in March 2015, with work on the structure starting in June 2015, with then new main building completed by the end of 2016. The technology and special needs blocks would be demolished to make way for the new main building, with other buildings demolished later.

COUNCIL ABANDONS CATCHMENT CHARGES
Following protests from parents, Monmouthshire County Council has abandoned proposals to remove Portskewett and Sudbrook from the catchment area of Caldicot School and to place them in the catchment of Chepstow School.

SCHOOLS BANDED IN NEW SYSTEM
Results were announced of the assessment of schools under a new banding scheme introduced by the Welsh Government. The four bands, from top to bottom, would be green, yellow, amber and red. Caldicot Comprehensive School was placed in the yellow band. Castle Park, Durand and Dewstow were assessed as amber, while Ysgol Gymraeg Y Ffin was placed in the red band.

EISTEDDFOD PROCLAMATION TO BE HELD AT CASTLE
It was announced that the ‘Proclamation’ for the 2016 Eisteddfod, to be held in Abergavenny, would take place at Caldicot Castle on 27 June 2015. A local fundraising committee for the Eisteddfod, covering Chepstow and Caldicot had been established.

CASH ALLOCATED FOR LINK SCHEME
Monmouthshire County Council announced that it was allocating a further £175,000 on top of the £25,000 already allocated for improving the links between the new Asda store and the town centre.

NEW HOUSING APPLIED FOR
Monmouthshire Housing Association submitted planning applications to demolish 12 garages in Green Lane, replacing them with four one-bedroom apartments in a two story block with car park, and a further 13 garages in Cae Mawr Grove, to be replaced by a two-bedroom bungalow with wheelchair access. Some residents have objected on grounds that there is already insufficient parking in the area, while some councillors have pointed to the need to allocate land for play areas. Meanwhile, it was announced that £42,000 had been allocated to improve the play area at Denny View. Most of the funding (£27000) would come from Section 106 money resulting from the building of new homes in Church Road, with £10000 from Caldicot town council and £1000 from MCC. A further contribution (£4000) would be made by Monmouthshire Housing Association.

RESIDENTS COMPLAIN AT DUMPING
Residents living near the railway line between Caldicot and Rogiet have complained that the waste land in the area is being used as a dumping ground by fly-tippers and has become a health hazard.

NEW SPEED RESTRICTIONS
MCC approved proposals to introduce a 20 mph zone throughout the Green Lane, Castle and Dewstow wards of Caldicot.

PROPERTY WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of February 2015 was a two bedroom mid-link house in Cobb Crescent at £114,950. The most expensive was a four bedroom detached house in Wentwood View at £337,950.

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