April 2007

SUPERMARKET THREATENS TO BAN PUPILS
Mr Darren Rawlings, manager of Somerfield supermarket in Caldicot town centre, has threatened to ban pupils from Caldicot Comprehensive School following a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour including shop lifting, abuse to staff, graffiti and climbing on the roof. He complained that large numbers of pupils gathered around the supermarket before school each morning. In reply, Mrs Susan Gwyer-Roberts, headteacher of the school, pointed out that the school has made every effort to minimise nuisance behaviour, including the erection of a fence around the school and the introduction of a lunchtime pass system.

A number of local traders met with Inspector Jeff Smith of Caldicot police to discuss their concerns over groups of youths who gathered in the town centre causing damage and intimidating customers.

CALL FOR FASTER ACTION ON SECOND SUPERMARKET
Caldicot Regeneration Group has called upon Monmouthshire County Council to speed up the process of drawing up plans for a second supermarket in Caldicot so that these can be put to prospective buyers. Mike Rice, Chairman of the Regeneration Group, claimed that the delay meant that Caldicot was “losing business”. He also called for the money raised from the sale of the site, on the playing fields of Caldicot Comprehensive School, to be re-invested in the school.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of April 2007 was a one-bedroom flat near Caldicot Cross at £109,950. The cheapest house was a one bedroom end of terrace in Stafford Road at £127,950. As in March, the most expensive property was a four-bedroom detached house in Budden Crescent at £315,000.

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