Newport has 'bright future' if passion is harnessed
11:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
NEWPORT has a “bright future” if the energy and passion of residents can be harnessed for its regeneration, members of the Welsh Government-backed ReNewport panel said.
The taskforce of eight business and government leaders hope to issue their report next month, with recommendations to bring business back to the city centre.
Members of the public pitched their big ideas at a Dragons’ Den-style day last Thursday at the University of South Wales.
Among ideas discussed were a barrage across the Usk, a name-change for the city and the new Friar’s Walk shopping development.
Mark Barry, one the six who heard ideas on Thursday, said after the event: “We spent all day together in this room listening to people sharing their views and passion about Newport. I’m overwhelmed by the energy and the passion and enthusiasm of the people who spent the time to come and talk to us today.
“It leaves me with the distinct impression that there’s a lot that can happen in Newport and Newport has got a very bright future. I think if we can capture some of the passion we have seen today, we can make the place a different place, and a better place.”
Ben Milsom, also on the panel, said: “I’ve lived in Newport for most of my life and I’m really encouraged to see that there have been lots of good ideas and a lot of people really behind Newport.”
Peter Hayward, vice chairman of the Friends of Newport Ship, was among those presenting. He said: “The Celtic Manor has already put Newport on the map worldwide, and the unique medieval ship could become our second attraction of international fame, bringing tourists right into the city centre. Caerleon, the Transporter Bridge, Tredegar House and the Chartist history are other heritage attractions of UK-wide importance, but they’re under exploiterd because Newport isn’t seen as a place worth visiting.”
Ideas both big and small are being considered, and everyone is invited to put their views forward. People who want to have their say on how to re-energise Newport City Centre have until the end of the month to submit their ideas on renewport.co.uk
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