With restrictions now being lifted on what can and cannot open in our town centre, things are slowly, becoming a new ‘normal’ We are proud to have been a part of the plans that have led the way to making the town as safe and as accessible for all. Read on for more details about how the town centre is adapting.
Since March, Caldicot Town Team have been an integral part of the Business Resilience Forum, Set up by Monmouthshire County Council and including Chambers Of Commerce, Welsh Government, heads of Business and Enterprise, Enterprise and Community Animation and the Federation of Small Businesses.
As part of our commitment to Caldicot town centre and helping to improve the lives of businesses and economics within the town, we created a detailed plan which would start the wheels in motion to reopen Caldicot safely and successfully.
Updated Opening Times
Non essential businesses were able to reopen on the 24th June.
Outdoor visitor attractions reopened on 6th July
Hairdressers, barbers, Outdoor Cafes and other premises being able to reopen on Monday 13th July, we are slowly seeing the town come back to life, which is great news and very much needed for the survival of our high streets.
Caravan and Camping sites are able to reopen their gates from 25th July, with measures in place.
Indoor Hospitality is yet to be formally confirmed, however Welsh Government have advised the sector on a possible date to reopen of the 3rd August.
Safety and the Town
Plans to look into the details of removing vehicles from the town centre on a permanent basis (other than market days) have moved a step closer at a recent meeting with Monmouthshire County Council and Caldicot Town Council. New removable barriers are to be installed at both the cross end of the town centre and at the Waitrose/petrol station end of town, while still allowing those businesses who do not have rear access, access to their properties for vital deliveries. Plans are currently in place for this to happen and be installed shortly.
A full copy of our report can be found here Reopening Caldicot co-vid (Public Version)
Plans to purchase and place standing hand sanitisers has been taken up by Caldicot Town Council from the action plan designed by Caldicot Town Team and should be in locations around the town centre very soon.
Monmouthshire County Council have also committed based on the plans and advice from Welsh Government to look at the outdoor cafe style culture. It is something that Caldicot Town Team have been trying to work with for some time and we are pleased that now it seems that it is the ideal time to test out the theories behind opening up the town centre outside of its traditional 9-5 era.
The Cross Redevelopment
Work has once again begun on the cross redevelopment, and with the contractors Alun Griffiths working 7 days a week, they are hopeful that the works should be completed around the end of August/beginning of September.
The road closure from Church Road – Asda is still in place, with all traffic having to use the diversion route around Jubilee Way and onto Newport Road.
Lighting Columns are currently being installed along with the new seating areas. Due to the lockdown however, it is likely that the trees, planned to be planted in April, will be delayed until November. This is the best option to give the trees time to root and grow successfully without too much maintenance over the winter months.
Alun Griffiths Contractors have also started works on Caldicot Choir Hall, which was successful in its application to receive community funding from the contractors.
Church Road Redevelopment update
Applications for funding for the Church Road redevelopment have been submitted to the Welsh Government and Monmouthshire County Council are currently waiting a response.
Public consultation and the online survey closes on Friday 17th July. If you have not yet seen the designs or wish to comment on them, please take the time to fill out the survey, which can be found here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/churchroadcaldicot
Should funding be successful, following consultations and potential amendments to any design plans, work is expected to start in early 2021.
As always, the team are ready to help and support business owners wherever possible. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if we can be of any assistance. We are currently reposting and sharing as many updates on social media as we can, if you have a post which you would like us to share, just drop us a message through the relevant methods. Our Facebook page can be found here https://www.facebook.com/CaldicotTownTeam/