May 2016  

COUNCIL RETRACTS CRITICISM OF TOWN TEAM
A special meeting of Caldicot Town Council met to discuss the performance of Caldicot Town Team and other issues relating to the regeneration of the town centre. The meeting followed the passing of a vote of no confidence in the town team and Monmouthshire County Council at the previous meeting of the town council. Several town councillors had expressed frustration that so little seemed to have been achieved. About 30 members and supporters of the town team attended the special meeting and Director Aaron Reekes outlined current projects and explained the difficulties faced. As a result, the vote of no confidence was withdrawn and the two bodies agreed to work more closely together. Subsequent to the meeting Councillor Alan Davies, a leading critic of the town team, resigned from the council.

POP-UP SHOP FOR TOWN CENTRE
Caldicot Town Tam secured the use of a shop in the town centre to be made available to small businesses and local organisations for short periods at heavily discounted rates to allow them to test the market. Volunteers cleaned and decorated the shop to get it ready for use. It was reported that 10% of shops in Caldicot were empty.

TOP COPS
Gwent Police announced that Inspector Philip Morris had taken charge of the South Monmouthshire Local Policing Unit, including Caldicot. Nigel Callard had replaced Dave Jenkins as neighbourhood sergeant for the Severnside areas.

SPEED CHECKS
Following a consultation with local residents, local police announced that reducing speeding on the B4245 through Caldicot was a priority. The local Neighbourhood Team would look to carry out speed monitoring to find out what the average speed was and to highlight problem days/times. Warning letters would be sent to motorists driving at excessive speeds. After a period of monitoring, other options with partner agencies would be discussed. Police had been looking for volunteers to join a community speed watch scheme to help them monitor speeding in the area but due to changes within the Camera Safety Partnership this has been put on hold. Members of the public were asked to report any concerns regarding speeding at specific times/days to Gwent Police on 101 so that the Neighbourhood Team could be made aware.

CROWDS AT CASTLE EVENT
Over 4000 people visited the ‘Fortress Wales’ military re-enactment event at Caldicot castle. The event featured 1000 re-enactors.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BEGGING
On Tuesday 24th May several calls were made to the police regarding people begging in and around Caldicot Town Centre. A local man was arrested, attended court and fined £80 in total for begging offences.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of May 2016 was a one bedroom flat in Sandy Lane at £94,950. The cheapest house was a three bedroom terraced house in Denny View at £122,950. The most expensive was a five bedroom detached house in Heol Glaslyn at £375,950.

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