Axe hangs over Newport regeneration firm, Newport Unlimited

THE future of Newport Unlimited is uncertain with a decision on its funding beyond March yet to be made by the Welsh Government.

A leaked Newport council report that has been seen by senior councillors says the Welsh Government says it is withdrawing its funding for the urban regeneration company from April 1.

The report says some functions of the body, that was created to try to spur regeneration in the city and was the catalyst for regeneration of the city’s riiverside area, will need to be provided by the council.

Officially no decision has been made, but the council has said that if funding ends Newport Unlimited will not be able to continue in its current form.

The report reads that the Welsh Government has indicated it is withdrawing funding for Newport Unlimited from April 1.

A Welsh Government spokeswoman said funding for the organisation, set up in 2003, was only ever due to run until the end of March 2013.

She said the heritage minister Huw Lewis is due to publish his regeneration policy this March, following a consultation last autumn, after which a decision will be made.

Within the Newport council draft budget consultation for 2013/14, officers say if funding is not continued Newport Unlimited will not be able to continue in its present form.

“The regeneration and development of the city is a priority for the council and in this situation a number of functions currently carried out by Newport Unlimited may need to be delivered by the council,” it reads.

It is believed the council would save £187,000 by bringing functions in house.

The Welsh Government contributes around £666,000 a year to the organisation, while Newport council provides £333,000.

A joint statement from Newport council and Newport Unlimited said that, as the Welsh Government review is ongoing, a decision as to how Newport’s regeneration programme will be delivered in future has yet to be taken.

It read: “Supporting the continuing regeneration of the city is a major priority for both the council and Newport Unlimited, and it is essential that any arrangements put in place support the growth of the city.

“Whatever the outcome of the review, key projects such as Friars Walk will continue to be driven forward.”

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11:34am Thu 17 Jan 13

Woodgnome says...

Do you remember this last May?

"NEWPORT council Labour leader Bob Bright gave a statement to the Argus yesterday, five days after his party won control of the council.

Cllr Bright pledged to keep Argus readers informed and said the city was going through a “historic” period of reinvention".

What a joke. He and his Cabinet have reinvented a disaster and should resign.
Do you remember this last May? "NEWPORT council Labour leader Bob Bright gave a statement to the Argus yesterday, five days after his party won control of the council. Cllr Bright pledged to keep Argus readers informed and said the city was going through a “historic” period of reinvention". What a joke. He and his Cabinet have reinvented a disaster and should resign. Woodgnome

11:39am Thu 17 Jan 13

whatintheworld says...

Read the first line, "decision on its funding beyond March yet to be made by the WELSH GOVERNMENT."

Bob Bright isn't the leader of the WAG, don't know what you think he's got to do with this?
Read the first line, "decision on its funding beyond March yet to be made by the WELSH GOVERNMENT." Bob Bright isn't the leader of the WAG, don't know what you think he's got to do with this? whatintheworld

11:40am Thu 17 Jan 13

VoiceOfDaPort says...

Well when I think what Newport was like 10 years ago to what it is now, I have to say Newport Unlimited have certainly helped make Newport unrecognisable to what it was then, sadly dog turd looks more appealing than Newport, so just as well it will be wound up.
Well when I think what Newport was like 10 years ago to what it is now, I have to say Newport Unlimited have certainly helped make Newport unrecognisable to what it was then, sadly dog turd looks more appealing than Newport, so just as well it will be wound up. VoiceOfDaPort

11:41am Thu 17 Jan 13

bbunny_isl says...

Disband them. An unsustainable regeneration plan first time round, no clout to get things done and too slow.

Let's just accept the inevitable, let Cardiff swallow-up Newport and get on with it.
Disband them. An unsustainable regeneration plan first time round, no clout to get things done and too slow. Let's just accept the inevitable, let Cardiff swallow-up Newport and get on with it. bbunny_isl

11:43am Thu 17 Jan 13

Severn40 says...

This is not good news. Whilst I am not a strong supporter of Newport Unlimited, it represents a major funding cut in Newport by the Welsh Government.

Newport Unlimited has not really achieved much in the years of its existence although recently it has been the principal driver of some of the repaving works around Newport Market.

However, the funding cut is serious. Big question will our AMs and councillors speak out or will they give out a tiny squeak instead?
This is not good news. Whilst I am not a strong supporter of Newport Unlimited, it represents a major funding cut in Newport by the Welsh Government. Newport Unlimited has not really achieved much in the years of its existence although recently it has been the principal driver of some of the repaving works around Newport Market. However, the funding cut is serious. Big question will our AMs and councillors speak out or will they give out a tiny squeak instead? Severn40

11:45am Thu 17 Jan 13

Bobevans says...

Newport Unlimited is costing over £1M a year. It does not actually do anything. It is a quango. It is supposed to cordinate and facilitate the redevelepment but there is a Project Management company to do that.

Basically what Newport Unlimited was doing should have been done by our elected coucillors rather than an unellected and unaccountable organisation

Getting rid of Newport Unlimited should enable more sensible decisions to be made

I doubt anyone will be axed though they will be absorbed into the Assembly & Newport Councils headcount
Newport Unlimited is costing over £1M a year. It does not actually do anything. It is a quango. It is supposed to cordinate and facilitate the redevelepment but there is a Project Management company to do that. Basically what Newport Unlimited was doing should have been done by our elected coucillors rather than an unellected and unaccountable organisation Getting rid of Newport Unlimited should enable more sensible decisions to be made I doubt anyone will be axed though they will be absorbed into the Assembly & Newport Councils headcount Bobevans

11:45am Thu 17 Jan 13

Bobevans says...

Newport Unlimited is costing over £1M a year. It does not actually do anything. It is a quango. It is supposed to cordinate and facilitate the redevelepment but there is a Project Management company to do that.

Basically what Newport Unlimited was doing should have been done by our elected coucillors rather than an unellected and unaccountable organisation

Getting rid of Newport Unlimited should enable more sensible decisions to be made

I doubt anyone will be axed though they will be absorbed into the Assembly & Newport Councils headcount
Newport Unlimited is costing over £1M a year. It does not actually do anything. It is a quango. It is supposed to cordinate and facilitate the redevelepment but there is a Project Management company to do that. Basically what Newport Unlimited was doing should have been done by our elected coucillors rather than an unellected and unaccountable organisation Getting rid of Newport Unlimited should enable more sensible decisions to be made I doubt anyone will be axed though they will be absorbed into the Assembly & Newport Councils headcount Bobevans

12:04pm Thu 17 Jan 13

DaiRandom says...

Can someone explain to me what this organisation is responsible for? Any links etc much appreciated.
Can someone explain to me what this organisation is responsible for? Any links etc much appreciated. DaiRandom

12:13pm Thu 17 Jan 13

whatintheworld says...

DaiRandom wrote:
Can someone explain to me what this organisation is responsible for? Any links etc much appreciated.
http://www.newportun
limited.co.uk/aboutu
s/index.html

What is an Urban Regeneration Company?
Urban Regeneration Companies (URCs) have been established to focus and integrate regeneration strategies for key towns, cities and regions within the UK.


Sounds a bit wishy-washy to be honest
[quote][p][bold]DaiRandom[/bold] wrote: Can someone explain to me what this organisation is responsible for? Any links etc much appreciated.[/p][/quote]http://www.newportun limited.co.uk/aboutu s/index.html What is an Urban Regeneration Company? Urban Regeneration Companies (URCs) have been established to focus and integrate regeneration strategies for key towns, cities and regions within the UK. Sounds a bit wishy-washy to be honest whatintheworld

12:19pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Woodgnome says...

whatintheworld wrote:
Read the first line, "decision on its funding beyond March yet to be made by the WELSH GOVERNMENT."

Bob Bright isn't the leader of the WAG, don't know what you think he's got to do with this?
Because Cllrs Bright and Richards are on the Board!! WAG wont fund lame ducks. Disaster upon disaster falls upon NCC.
[quote][p][bold]whatintheworld[/bold] wrote: Read the first line, "decision on its funding beyond March yet to be made by the WELSH GOVERNMENT." Bob Bright isn't the leader of the WAG, don't know what you think he's got to do with this?[/p][/quote]Because Cllrs Bright and Richards are on the Board!! WAG wont fund lame ducks. Disaster upon disaster falls upon NCC. Woodgnome

12:43pm Thu 17 Jan 13

UpsetResident says...

The simple measure you must hold Newport Unlimited by is this;

Has Newport undergone regeneration, or simple change? One is not the other.

The fact of the matter is, Newport is in a much worse state than it was 10 years ago. Yes, we're had a double-dip recession, but a look at surrounding towns and cities does not offer an explanation for the sheer decimation of our once proud home.

There have been numerous fumbles and missteps that have gotten us here, you simply cannot hold the Tory council responsible for its small part in this whole torrid mess, this is decades of labour neglect and mismanagement.
The simple measure you must hold Newport Unlimited by is this; Has Newport undergone regeneration, or simple change? One is not the other. The fact of the matter is, Newport is in a much worse state than it was 10 years ago. Yes, we're had a double-dip recession, but a look at surrounding towns and cities does not offer an explanation for the sheer decimation of our once proud home. There have been numerous fumbles and missteps that have gotten us here, you simply cannot hold the Tory council responsible for its small part in this whole torrid mess, this is decades of labour neglect and mismanagement. UpsetResident

1:16pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Mr Bump. says...

Good Riddance.
Good Riddance. Mr Bump.

1:40pm Thu 17 Jan 13

foxy3rd says...

So is it them who keep making the changes like taking out perfectly good benches and replacing them with less comfortable ones etc. Get rid of them and their expensive mistakes and wagebill.:-(
So is it them who keep making the changes like taking out perfectly good benches and replacing them with less comfortable ones etc. Get rid of them and their expensive mistakes and wagebill.:-( foxy3rd

3:01pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Mr Angry says...

I bet old Bob Evans is having an **** right now
I bet old Bob Evans is having an **** right now Mr Angry

3:21pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Howie' says...

Mr Angry wrote:
I bet old Bob Evans is having an **** right now
So much so Mr A he posted the same post twice just to let us know how ecstatic he is.lol.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: I bet old Bob Evans is having an **** right now[/p][/quote]So much so Mr A he posted the same post twice just to let us know how ecstatic he is.lol. Howie'

4:47pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Mr Bump. says...

Mr Angry wrote:
I bet old Bob Evans is having an **** right now
the four star word has to start with a vowel, i'm struggling to work out what it is, can you give us a clue to what Bob is having, because i'm stumped.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: I bet old Bob Evans is having an **** right now[/p][/quote]the four star word has to start with a vowel, i'm struggling to work out what it is, can you give us a clue to what Bob is having, because i'm stumped. Mr Bump.

7:20pm Thu 17 Jan 13

bobmech1 says...

Says it all about Newport doesn't it when the Regeneration compan goes out of business
Should have been called degeneration ltd
Bodes well for Dedenhams cancelling the build
Newport really has become the place not to be
Says it all about Newport doesn't it when the Regeneration compan goes out of business Should have been called degeneration ltd Bodes well for Dedenhams cancelling the build Newport really has become the place not to be bobmech1

7:42pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Exile Elmo says...

It hasn't gone out of business it was a joint venture between WAG and NCC with guaranteed funding for 10 years.
It hasn't gone out of business it was a joint venture between WAG and NCC with guaranteed funding for 10 years. Exile Elmo

10:55pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Bobevans says...

Perhaps Newport Unlimiteds Brief was to take out Newport as it competed with Cardiff

I see they recently apointed another expert on Retail Developments !


"Andrew joins on secondment from the Welsh Government where he is Deputy Head of Culture, Sport and Media Division. He replaces Gareth Beer who has left to take on a senior role in the south west of England.

Andrew’s role will include ensuring the ongoing regeneration programme and city centre projects are delivered on time and to budget.


His most recent responsibilities include sports policy and managing the Welsh Government’s funding contract with the National Botanic Garden of Wales. "
Perhaps Newport Unlimiteds Brief was to take out Newport as it competed with Cardiff I see they recently apointed another expert on Retail Developments ! "Andrew joins on secondment from the Welsh Government where he is Deputy Head of Culture, Sport and Media Division. He replaces Gareth Beer who has left to take on a senior role in the south west of England. Andrew’s role will include ensuring the ongoing regeneration programme and city centre projects are delivered on time and to budget. His most recent responsibilities include sports policy and managing the Welsh Government’s funding contract with the National Botanic Garden of Wales. " Bobevans

10:55pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Bobevans says...

Perhaps Newport Unlimiteds Brief was to take out Newport as it competed with Cardiff

I see they recently apointed another expert on Retail Developments !


"Andrew joins on secondment from the Welsh Government where he is Deputy Head of Culture, Sport and Media Division. He replaces Gareth Beer who has left to take on a senior role in the south west of England.

Andrew’s role will include ensuring the ongoing regeneration programme and city centre projects are delivered on time and to budget.


His most recent responsibilities include sports policy and managing the Welsh Government’s funding contract with the National Botanic Garden of Wales. "
Perhaps Newport Unlimiteds Brief was to take out Newport as it competed with Cardiff I see they recently apointed another expert on Retail Developments ! "Andrew joins on secondment from the Welsh Government where he is Deputy Head of Culture, Sport and Media Division. He replaces Gareth Beer who has left to take on a senior role in the south west of England. Andrew’s role will include ensuring the ongoing regeneration programme and city centre projects are delivered on time and to budget. His most recent responsibilities include sports policy and managing the Welsh Government’s funding contract with the National Botanic Garden of Wales. " Bobevans

2:03pm Fri 18 Jan 13

jaggededge says...

andrew will finish the job, total end of newport city centre
andrew will finish the job, total end of newport city centre jaggededge

5:45pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Independentvoter says...

£1,000,000 a year would stop a lot of community closures.
£1,000,000 a year would stop a lot of community closures. Independentvoter

6:47am Thu 24 Jan 13

catlady wales says...

I remember at a breakfast meeting at The Celtic Manor before the Ryder cup. A representative from NU was there and a gentleman who had a B&B in Bassaleg said, will the golf help my business and Newport, will they shop and spend their money here. He replied do you know anything about the Ryder Cup? They come, they watch the golf, they sleep and then they go home, no wives, or children, just men, coming from all over the world. I don't think they stayed at his B&B either. We were sold rubbish from NU, another Quango set up to take the flack from NCC. And beleive me experts at it and very well paid. At anothe meeting they produced images on TV on how Newport will look in the future, along side the river bank, the new City Centre regenerated. The new Campus.
Looked impressive, cost tens of thousands, a great PR excersize. 10 million £££££ spent on the top of Pill and Cardiff Road, sitting benches for druggies and alkies costing £1,400 each to sit on, yeh money well spent. Architect from Cardiff. Contractor from Cardiff,money from us. Change is needed people. Too late for some.
I remember at a breakfast meeting at The Celtic Manor before the Ryder cup. A representative from NU was there and a gentleman who had a B&B in Bassaleg said, will the golf help my business and Newport, will they shop and spend their money here. He replied do you know anything about the Ryder Cup? They come, they watch the golf, they sleep and then they go home, no wives, or children, just men, coming from all over the world. I don't think they stayed at his B&B either. We were sold rubbish from NU, another Quango set up to take the flack from NCC. And beleive me experts at it and very well paid. At anothe meeting they produced images on TV on how Newport will look in the future, along side the river bank, the new City Centre regenerated. The new Campus. Looked impressive, cost tens of thousands, a great PR excersize. 10 million £££££ spent on the top of Pill and Cardiff Road, sitting benches for druggies and alkies costing £1,400 each to sit on, yeh money well spent. Architect from Cardiff. Contractor from Cardiff,money from us. Change is needed people. Too late for some. catlady wales

8:14am Thu 24 Jan 13

scraptheWAG says...

why do they not have a huge clear out at NCC
why do they not have a huge clear out at NCC scraptheWAG

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