of speculation, Corus Steel have apparently secured the future of Llanwern
steelworks, one of Caldicot's major employers, by announcing a £35 million
investment programme. It was widely believed that the 'heavy end' at Llanwern
would close with the loss of a thousand jobs and possibly that the whole
works, which employs 3,000 people, would shut down. However, Corus has
now decided that it will will reline the No 3 blast furnace and keep the
'heavy end' open. In spite of the rescue package, the plant still faces
serious problems due partly to the high value of sterling against the
euro, a situation which Corus believes will continue for the foreseeable
future. The company is embarking upon a restructuring programme which
is likely to mean greater specialisation at each of its plants and more
MITEL WINS MAJOR
Telecommunications firm Mitel, Caldicot's biggest employer,
has won a £54 contract to lead a consortium of companies in providing
and maintaining computer equipment to schools in Glasgow. It is believed
to be the biggest contract of its kind in the UK.
IN TV DRAMA
Film crews have visited the area to shoot scenes for a
BBC television drama. The film, called Shoot, tells the story of a village
football team that wins the lottery. Local people were invited to serve
as extras in match scenes shot at Sudbrook Camp, in the shadow of the
Second Severn Crossing.
ROW BREAKS OUT
OVER TOWN CREST
Caldicot town council has complained that Caldicot Chamber
of Trade has used its crest without permission. The Council asserts that
it owns the copyright of the crest because it was given to them by the
designer. The Chamber of Trade is disputing the issue.
CADET OF THE YEAR
Caldicot school student Rachel Lewis, aged 16, has been
named Welsh cadet of the year by St John's Ambulance Brigade.
Complaints have been received that 'boy racers' have been
driving recklessly and doing handbrake turns in the grounds of Caldicot
Castle Country Park.
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