As part of the wider plans to regenerate Caldicot town centre, Monmouthshire County Council along with stakeholders including Caldicot Town Council and Caldicot Town Team have been working on plans to improve the links, especially between Caldicot Castle and the town centre. proposals have now been put forward to look at strengthening these links and improving traffic flow around the town, click here to read more and view the proposals.
The regeneration of Caldicot town centre is a huge undertaking, which will inevitably throw up discussions around access to other areas of the town, the links between our wonderful Castle and more. Church Road in Caldicot has been a thorn in many peoples side for some time, not just because of the amount of traffic around at school times or because of the issues with parked cars causing congestion, but also with the main access to Caldicot Castle off Church Road, it is arguably one of the busiest side roads in the town.
With that in mind, A plan has been developed to improve the flow of traffic, make it safer for those walking along the narrow pavements and make it easier for residents to access their drives and homes. Much needed improvements are planned to the entrance area of Caldicot Castle, which will give the area a much more open, modern and welcoming feature. New modern signage will highlight the entrance while works to the road surface will improve the overall atheistic look of the area.
The plans have been developed alongside the wider project to improve and regenerate our town centre and is something that can make a real difference to the links between Caldicot Castle and the Town Centre, something that has widely been perceived as being a ‘missed tick’ in terms of tourism funding and economic spend. Councillor David Evans, Mayor of Caldicot commented: “The Cross scheme is bringing major improvements to the town centre and this enhances it further. Our focus will then be upon gaining further investment to improve the remainder of the town centre. I very much hope the funding is put in place so that the Church Road scheme can proceed.”
In 2018, Caldicot Town was chosen as Monmouthshire’s priority regeneration scheme and forms part of the wider Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) regeneration plan.
The scheme is largely funded by a Welsh Government grant and the council is waiting to hear if the money has been awarded. If the funding is put in place this year, then it is anticipated that work would start early next year, with exact timing to be confirmed in due course.
Caldicot Town Team are really excited about these plans. It will help to improve footfall between the town centre and the castle, it will make much needed improvements to road surfaces, the entrance to Castle Park School and will help to promote slower, safer driving through this busy area.
Consultations are currently taking place with residents and we will be working closely with Monmouthshire County Council to update you very soon.