AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING
At a presentation
held by the Environment Agency, people of the Caldicot area were told
that villages, farmland and wildlife along the Caldicot Levels would be
in danger from rising sea levels if plans for improved flood defences
were not carried out. The Agency is proposing to construct a new sea wall
on top of the existing defences and to reinforce existing riverside earth
banks. The proposals are still at the consultation stage but it is anticipated
that work will begin in April 2002 and will take six months to complete.
Caldicot Leisure Centre is undergoing a face lift, with
£200,000 being spent on upgrading its facilities. The first stage of work,
involving the upgrading of changing rooms, is already underway and should
be completed by September. Stage two will mean enlargement of the reception
area, ready for the installation of a computerised booking system. A new
entrance road has also been laid, meaning that leisure centre traffic
will not need to drive through the school campus, and there are plans
to add 28 spaces to the car park.
WORK BEGINS ON
Builders have begun to construct a £70,000 skatepark behind
Caldicot Leisure Centre. The park, which has been funded by Monmouthshire
County Council, is due to open in September. It will be floodlit at night
and will be checked by closed circuit television cameras already installed
at Caldicot Leisure Centre. Police are concerned that at present youngsters
are using the roof of the disused Kwik Save supermarket in the town centre
and have warned the youngsters that they are putting themselves in grave
danger, risking a 25 foot fall from the roof.
NAME CHANGE AT
Both sections of Mitel, Caldicot's biggest employer, are
to change their names. Mitel Telecom is to become March Networks, while
Mitel Semiconductors is to become Zarlink. The two sections of Mitel have
been under separate ownership for some time and the name change is being
carried out in order to help the two companies to more firmly establish
their own identities.
PLANS AT SEVERN TUNNEL
land near Severn Tunnel Junction is to undergo major improvements in a
scheme funded by Monmouthshire County Council. The area is the first land
in Wales seen by passengers travelling form England through the Severn
Tunnel and is visible from the Second Severn Crossing. The renovation
will help to present a positive first impression of Wales to travellers.
Most of the area will consist of woodland and grassland, with provision
for a static locomotive display, a skatepark and a cycle track.
FOREST MOTOR DEALERS
MOVE TO CALDICOT
Thompson & Thompson of Lydney are expanding their car sales
business by taking over the site vacated by Wales -West Cars. Thompsons
will use the site initially for the sale of used cars, concentrating on
SEAT and Renault models.
IN THE COURTS
1. A 62 year-old Caldicot woman has been convicted on six
counts of scratching obscenities on local cars. Elaine Meredith was caught
after one of her victims carried out a citizens arrest after his own car
had been damaged. She denied all charges, but police said she had been
found in possession of a Stanley knife. Forensic tests showed that paint
found on the blade matched that from a damaged car. She has been remanded
on bail for pre-sentence reports.
2. Nicholas Vickery of Caldicot was convicted of cruelty to animals after
strangling his family's pet dog after it had bitten
him. Chepstow magistrates fined him £1,000 and banned him from
keeping a dog for ten years.
Repeated vandalism to the clubhouse at Caldicot Rugby Club
is forcing club officials to reconsider allowing free use of the building
to community groups. Over £3,500 worth of damage has been done, including,
in one incident on 1st July, the smashing of 15 windows and the smashing
of a gas bottle. Anybody who has information should contact Caldicot police
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