July 2015  

SCHOOLKIDS EJECTED FROM PARTY AT RACECOURSE
A Year 11 ‘prom’ held at Chepstow Racecourse for pupils at Caldicot Comprehensive School was ended early by the venue management amidst complains of bad behaviour, drinking alcohol and abuse of staff. Racecourse mangers complained that, contrary to promises made, no parents were present to supervise the event. Pupils and parents complained that all the pupils had been ejected rather than just those who were causing problems and said that it was unsafe that the 135 children were left stranded outside the racecourse an hour and a half, from 10.30 p.m. until midnight, before they were due to be collected.

WORK STARTS ON NEW SCHOOL
Work has started on building the new secondary school at Caldicot. The old buildings will be demolished once the new ones have been completed. It is estimated that the new school will open in September 2017, at an estimated cost of £35.9 million.

HOMES TO BE BUILT AT TIPPLING
Planning permission has been granted for the Tippling Philosopher pub, which closed in 2011, to be converted into three houses, with a further house built into the remains of the barn/stable and three more in the car park. Two of the homes have been designated as “affordable”.

COMMUNITY FARM AT CASTLE
A small community farm has been established in the grounds of Caldicot Castle Country Park. It will contain flower beds plus fruit and vegetable plots The founders, Kate Edwards and Gillian Brooks, hope that the third of an acre site will eventually be extended to between five and twenty acres. Local people will be asked to support the farm financially in return for a share of the produce.

PROPERTY WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of June
2015 was a two bedroom ground floor flat in Mill Lane at £119,950. The cheapest house was a three bedroom terrace in Norman Court at £125,000. The most expensive, as in April, May and June was the Grade II Listed old vicarage in Church Road, with five bedrooms and four reception rooms at £850,000.

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