December 2016  

INCREASED RESPONSIBILITIES LEAD TO HIGHER TAX SHARE
It was announced that the amount of Council Tax forwarded to Caldicot Town Council by Monmouthshire County Council would increase by £8.48 per year to £83.03 for a Band D property in 2017/18. The total ‘precept’ –set by the town council- would rise by £36,199 to £331,134. A significant amount of this was due to be spent on services devolved from MCC such as Jubilee Way toilets and a share in street cleaning and grass cutting.

Other services provided by the council would continue to include the town cemetery, George V playing fields, allotments, CCTV cameras, provision of dog waste bins, financial support for a range of local events and organisations. The council planned to construct a bus shelter at Green Lane, improve CCTV cameras, provide new equipment at George V play park and upgrade the council website.

TOLL CUTS PROMPT HOUSING INTEREST
It was reported that there had been a surge of people from the Bristol area seeking to buy houses in and around Caldicot in anticipation of a major cut in tolls when the Severn bridges come into public ownership in 2018. They were attracted by much lower house prices in Caldicot than in Bristol.

INCREASED HELP FOR THIOSE IN NEED
Caldicot food bank reported a significant increase in usage over recent months.

HELP FOR VICTIMS OF WAR IN SYRIA
Local charity Ineed appealed for volunteers and donations of clothes, bedding, food, hygiene and medical supplies to send from its base in Caldicot to assist displaced persons in Syria.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of December 2016 was a one bedroom flat in Sandy Lane at £94,950. The cheapest house was a three bedroom terraced house in Longfellow Road at £134,950. The most expensive was a four bedroom barn conversion in the grounds of Llantony Secunda Manor, Church Road at £549,500.

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