November 2015  

FOOTBALL COACH KILLED IN STEEL BLAST
Forty-one year old Mark Sim of Caldicot was one of two workers killed in an explosion at the Celsa Steelworks in Cardiff.  He was a well-known and popular figure in the town and coached the under-14 side at Caldicot Town Football Club.

STATION BRIDGE REPLACED
Network Rail began to demolish and replace the bridge at Caldicot railway station in preparation for the electrification of the main line.

COUNTY DOWNGRADES TRANSFER OF COSTS TO TOWN
Monmouthshire County Council cut its call for Caldicot Town Council to contribute £90,000 to the running of services to £45,000. This would include £20,000 towards employing a manual road sweeper for four days a week plus £25,000 towards running the library/community hub.

DRIVER FINED FOR INSULTING COUNCILLORS
A Cheltenham man who called local councillors “Welsh inbreds” after being warned by them for driving through the pedestrianised area of the town centre was fined £160 plus a victim surcharge of £20 and £235 costs. He had pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated harassment.

POLICE NEWS
In her monthly blog, Inspector Lysha Thompson wrote that  reports of Anti-Social Behaviour in and around the town centre had shown “notable reductions”. Increased patrols from the Neighbourhood Team had been allocated following an increase in calls about problems in the area. A Community Action Day focussing on the town centre and surrounding area was held. The day consisted of crime prevention and education events, a road traffic operation targeting illegal parking and speeding plus the provision of diversionary sports activities in the evening to deter youths who may otherwise have become involved in anti -social Behaviour. She also reported that officers responded to a call in the Caldicot area that a noise of smashing glass had been heard coming from a property where the occupiers were known to be out. Officers disturbed a person who had broken into the property and following a foot chase apprehended a male who was still in possession of the items he had stolen during the burglary.

CHOIR AIDS SPARKLE APPEAL
Caldicot Male Voice Choir raised £9,300 for the Sparkle Appeal, aiding the Serunna Children’s Centre at Newport and five year old Analese Gosling, who suffers from fibrodysplasia.

PROPERTY WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of November 2015 was a one bedroom ground floor flat in Sandy Lane at £99,950. The cheapest house was a two-bedroom semi-detached house in Shakespeare Close at £144,950. The most expensive was a four bedroom detached house in Heol Glaslyn at £369,000.

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