January 2018  

FIRMS FEARS FORCED RELOCATION
Caldicot Metal Decorating (CMD) at Caldicot Pill, the largest independent metal decorator in the UK, has objected to plans to build two 15.5 metre high chimneys on the Severn Bridge Industrial Estate as part of a proposal by DPS Process Solutions to build a waste treatment plant. CMD, which employs 65 people and has been on the site for 109 years, expressed fears that pollution from the chimneys would damage its business. DPS Process Solutions responded by stating that emissions would be “miniscule” and that they would be contacting CMD to discuss the issue.
COUNCILLORS DISCUSS REGENERATION PLAN
Members of Monmouthshire County Council’s Economy and Development Select Committee discussed the Strategic Investment Proposal for Caldicot, a plan focussing on regenerating the town centre. The plan, commissioned in 2014, includes creating larger retail units, bringing a greater variety of shops and improving links between Asda, Caldicot Castle and the town centre. Councillors voiced support for the plan but stressed that it would take 10-15 years to implement.
NO MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES OVER STEELWORKS DEATH
The Crown Prosecution Service announced that it would not be charging Celsa Steel UK with corporate manslaughter following the death of Caldicot man Mark Sim and another man following an explosion at the company’s Cardiff site in November 2015.
FOODBANK’S BUSY CHRISTMAS
Caldicot Foodbank reported that it had had its busiest Christmas ever after providing Christmas parcels for 269 people.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of January 2018 was, as in December, a one bedroom ground floor flat in Grove Gardens at £123,500. The cheapest house was a three bedroom end of terrace in Denny View at £144,950. The most expensive was, also as in December, Llanthony Secunda Manor in Church Road, an 800 year old former manor house with five bedrooms. Offers in excess of £800,000.

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