CONCERTS MAKE HEAVY LOSS
Monmouthshire County Council’s chief officer for regeneration, Kellie Beirne, revealed that the series of concerts held at Caldicot castle during the summer of 2017 made a loss of £140,000. The loss was put down to additional security costs in the wake of the Manchester terrorist bombing and poor ticket sales for some of the events. Some residents expressed bemusement at Ms Beirne’s comment that the events were a “commercial success” even though they made a heavy loss.
CONCERNS OVER NEW HOUSING PLANS
Plans for a new housing development to the east of Church Road met with complaints from a number of Caldicot residents at a planning exhibition. The plans showed that the new development would include 115 homes on 25 acres of land with a community park, outdoor gym, wildflower meadow and kickabout area. Most concerns related to claims that the existing roads, schools and surgeries would be unable to cope with continued development.
Meanwhile, Caldicot town council objected to plans for new homes for “vulnerable” people on the housing register in Caldicot on the grounds that they would lead to the “overdevelopment” of the site. The plans provided for a block of four one-bedroom flats, together with a four-bedroom bungalow, just off Chaucer Close, along with additional parking spaces. Monmouthshire County Council planning officers have offered no objection to the plans.
Monmouthshire Housing Association continued with a £7 million regeneration programme on flats at Oakley Way, with work due to begin on replacing three blocks of 1960s flats with 37 new homes. Tenants of the existing flats have been moved to other accommodation in Caldicot. Meanwhile, Caldicot Town Team announced that work was about to begin on a £30,000 project to improve the town centre with existing street furniture being replaced with stainless steel seating.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of February 2018 was, as in January, a one bedroom ground floor flat in Grove Gardens, Church Road, at £123,500. The cheapest house was a two bedroom semi-detached house in Castle Lea at £169,950. The most expensive was, also as in January, 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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