Ideas to revive Newport city centre unveiled by the ReNewport taskforce

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  • Proposals for a Newport "software university" and other high-tech plans published by ReNewport taskforce.
  • Chairman Simon Gibson tells Argus that Edwina Hart says money is on the table
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5:13pm

In a statement economy minister Edwina Hart has thanked Simon Gibson and the Task Force members for their hard work and innovative  thinking in developing the recommendations outlined in the report.

"I will now consider the report in detail and provide a more detailed response in the New Year," she said.

“I should also like to extend my thanks to those who engaged with the Task Force  as well as the people of Newport for their contribution to the consultation."

5:02pm

The taskforce also calls for an independent rapid transport system to be developed, that a review of parking in the city is started in early 2014 and that a retail forum is developed.

5:01pm

Taskforce members said Newport should strive to become the Good Food Hub of South East Wales, reintroducing farmers markets in the city. Part of the city centre could also be developed as a designer outlet, and that the so-called public realm in the city centre is improved. “The environment is seen to be unfavourable in comparison to new destinations such as Cwmbran, Cabot Circus in Bristol and Cardiff City Centre,” the report reads.

4:55pm

ReNewport has calleds for a “long-term economic development network” to drive an agenda of regeneration over the next 15 years. It also says that work should be done with the University of South Wales to consider options for creating a student living space in the city centre.

4:53pm

A Newport council spokesman said: “Newport City Council welcomes the news that report produced by the Newport Business Development Steering Group has been published.  The report contains a range of proposals and we look forward to more detail about how they can be funded and delivered.”

4:51pm

It also recommends the establishment of a tourism and hospitality forum.

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4:50pm

The taskforce suggests commissioning a study to determine work needed to open up existing river and canals so boats can travel from Newport to Caerleon or Cwmbran, while re-assessing the viability of the river to become a further enhancement to the city centre and its "regional hinterland". It also recommends that a lighting competition is established to illuminate the Transporter Bridge at the Festival of Lights.

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3:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

_Bryan_ says

Although some of these proposals have merit, they all suffer from the same problem - they will need to be funded.

With Newport needing to make £25m of savings and having already borrowed £90m, who would be expected to finance these schemes?

4:40pm

The taskforce recommends that the Chartist contribution to British democracy is "fully recognised and developed" - calling for the development of a museum of democracy, a multimedia public display and the creation of a major online project to raise awareness of the Chartist Movement. Work should start with the city council in 2014, the taskforce says.

4:37pm

One recommendation calls for the new Wales International Convention Centre planned for the Celtic Manor to serve as a catalyst to encourage regeneration and additional development.

4:33pm

Two of the recommendations touch on the upcoming NATO summit. The report suggests that an organising committee is set up to manage the summit by January 2014. It also calls for a major events team to be set up to work alongside the delivery of the summit. It would be a partnership between the Celtic Manor and the public sector and would focus on developing the programme to keep business flowing after the summit leaves South Wales.

4:29pm

The forum would also consider the potential of promoting Newport venues as part of a wider city region bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

4:28pm

It proposes Newport should host an annual festival around culture, music or technology, building on the success of Newport’s annual food festival. The idea would be looked at by forum established for history, heritage, culture and sport.

4:26pm

One idea proposes a Performance Portal online to help people source content that promotes the arts in Newport, as well as a city broadcasting platform.

4:24pm

ReNewport suggests that Newport could bid to be a future UK or European Culture Capital, in 2021 or 2023 respectively.

4:22pm

Members of the taskforce recommended the establishment of a hospitality school, located in the city centre and run by students – providing the opportunity to build connections with the industry. Its hoped it could be set up by 2015.

4:20pm

A tech forum could be established in the city to bring together firms to share ideas and plans for growth. Efforts have already been made on the idea and an initial gathering is set to take place this month.

4:18pm

The taskforce recommends that the Alacrity high-tech business boot camp - in part backed by Sir Terry Matthews - is "levereged to bring wider benefits to the City."

 

4:14pm

Back to the plans - the taskforce recommends the purchase and or renovation to "grade A standard of a City Centre property that could be used for the private sector for "technology use" or used as an incubator for innovative small to medium sized firms. A feasibility study for property purchase would be developed by the middle of 2014, the taskforce said.

 

4:00pm

Mr Gibson added that over successive decades Wales has built “structures but often they have been left empty because they don’t have anything to go in them."

He said a greater focus was needed on intellectual property and ideas rather than bricks and motar.

“From the ground up we’ve looked at the opportunities that present themselves in education, work, the history, culture, heritage and sport in the city and also infrastructure," he said.

“All these things are focused on getting people thinking, working and creating wealth.”

3:59pm

South Wales Argus: Simon Gibson

Simon Gibson, chairman of the taskforce, told the Argus this afternoon: “I have sat down with the minister [Edwina Hart] and she’s assured me there is funding available for most of these projects.”
He said the taskforce has tried to produce a “realistic report” that is deliverable.
“There’s lots of things that could be done but in the current financial climate they have go to be realistic,” he said.
He said there’s a blend of big projects with some that could be delivered quickly – “the good news is that they can be delivered.”
They have tried not to repeat existing work going on, like the council’s bid for cash from the Welsh Government’s vibrant and viable places fund to improve housing and commercial property in central Newport.

3:41pm

One proposal is to create Europe’s first Compound Semiconductor cluster in South Wales that would aim to create a cluster of specialist high tech firms in and around the city to develop expertise and commercial opportunities. This could include an academy located in Newport city centre. The taskforce says the Welsh Government has agreed to fund a feasibility study to assess the benefits to the Welsh economy and will report by March 2014.

3:36pm

The taskforce has backed the idea of a Restaurant and Cafe Quarter in Newport city centre, calling for work on this to be discussed with the city council and others. The report says "there is a growing trend in UK towns and cities towards developing a concentration of places to eat within a compact area, replicating the tradition for Café Quarters on the continent." Newport council has already made its own efforts to develop a cafe quarter in the city with the redevelopment of Newport Market.

3:31pm

The taskforce recommends that the possibility of a City Centre Investment Management Company is investigated. It says that the concept - where elements of a centre are purchased and managed by a single entity - could address falling footfall. It recommends a feasibility study be developed early next year to report back in March.

3:26pm

The task force calls for the Welsh Government to consider a pilot to extend the Business Rate Relief Scheme to a defined area of the city centre, focused on the digital and ICT sector, business start-ups and small to medium sized companies. The Welsh Government will consult with Newport to agree the funding and implementation of such a scheme by the end of 2014, the taskforce's report says.

3:20pm

The report proposes the development of a Cycling Centre of Excellence to add to the academy opportunities around golf and football already in the city. The taskforce says Newport and the surrounding area attracts 300,000 visitors per year for cycling - the team has asked that Welsh Government considers and reports on the options by March 2014.

3:20pm

Here's the ReNewport report in full:

3:17pm

The software university would be linked to a National Centre for Cyber Security. The six months of the taskforce's work found that one of the highest concentration of computer security experts can be found within the boundaries of Newport - its hoped the new centre could build on that footprint.  Agreement has already been made with the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board that South East Wales would be recognised as a "lead player" in the Severn Valley Cyber Launchpad initiative - opening access to £500,000 of funding to small to medium sized firms in the Severn Valley area. A launch event already took place in Newport in November 2013 and the centre is to be developed by late 2014.

3:11pm

A software university would be estalished in the city to address a "critical gap" in the UK between the demand for software developers and the number of skilled people available. The taskforce says it is already talking to three universities in setting up the model, which it hopes could get off the ground from 2014.

3:09pm

The ReNewport report calls for the Welsh Government to fund the establishment of an innovation company in the city centre to develop intellectual propety and support small to medium size firms within five years. The firm would be a hub to attract research funds and inward investors, and should be established by mid 2014.

3:06pm

Today the ReNewport business development task force has published its report to Welsh Government on its vision for the city centre and Newport. It contains a raft of ideas and proposals. Some are already in motion focused,. some focus on bringing more high technology business to Newport and others aimed at boosting business in the city.

This afternoon we''ll be publishing ideas from the report and comments as we get them. Readers can comment below the line or tweet us at @ArgusDDeans.

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3:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

_Bryan_ says...

Although some of these proposals have merit, they all suffer from the same problem - they will need to be funded.

With Newport needing to make £25m of savings and having already borrowed £90m, who would be expected to finance these schemes?
Although some of these proposals have merit, they all suffer from the same problem - they will need to be funded. With Newport needing to make £25m of savings and having already borrowed £90m, who would be expected to finance these schemes? _Bryan_

3:38pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Dolieboy says...

_Bryan_ wrote:
Although some of these proposals have merit, they all suffer from the same problem - they will need to be funded.

With Newport needing to make £25m of savings and having already borrowed £90m, who would be expected to finance these schemes?
Abramovich ?
[quote][p][bold]_Bryan_[/bold] wrote: Although some of these proposals have merit, they all suffer from the same problem - they will need to be funded. With Newport needing to make £25m of savings and having already borrowed £90m, who would be expected to finance these schemes?[/p][/quote]Abramovich ? Dolieboy

3:51pm Thu 12 Dec 13

whatintheworld says...

the WG is now able to borrow to fund infratructure.

i would suggest that the idea to fund a software uni through WG borrowing is a good one.
the WG is now able to borrow to fund infratructure. i would suggest that the idea to fund a software uni through WG borrowing is a good one. whatintheworld

5:24pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Magor says...

Get rid of Graffiti,Fly posters,dirty buildings and general filth would be a start.I dont know why its not being done as a matter of routine.
Get rid of Graffiti,Fly posters,dirty buildings and general filth would be a start.I dont know why its not being done as a matter of routine. Magor

5:44pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Chartist follower says...

The most positive idea for Newport is the promotion of arts however the area is blighted by the Leader of the Council Mr Bright.
After the public ridicule of Newport in the local regional and national press it is unlikely that the Council can ever be a credible partner.
The most positive idea for Newport is the promotion of arts however the area is blighted by the Leader of the Council Mr Bright. After the public ridicule of Newport in the local regional and national press it is unlikely that the Council can ever be a credible partner. Chartist follower

5:45pm Thu 12 Dec 13

merlin the silure says...

hot air and smoke and mirrors-all of this,creditable as some of the suggestions are,will not come to fruition as there's NO money
hot air and smoke and mirrors-all of this,creditable as some of the suggestions are,will not come to fruition as there's NO money merlin the silure

6:13pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

It seems to be more the output of some brainstorming exercise, A few have merit but most do not. The report lacks any real focus and some suggestion just duplicate existing facilities. Most have nothing at all to do with the City Centre other than a café quarter. I doubt the market in Newport is large enough to really support it particularly with Cardiff close by

Where is the plan for the core of the city centre?
It seems to be more the output of some brainstorming exercise, A few have merit but most do not. The report lacks any real focus and some suggestion just duplicate existing facilities. Most have nothing at all to do with the City Centre other than a café quarter. I doubt the market in Newport is large enough to really support it particularly with Cardiff close by Where is the plan for the core of the city centre? Bobevans

7:16pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Dave on his Soapbox says...

.....no mention of a barrage that could -
1...... be used to generate electricity......a bit like the one on the river in France that has the next highest rise and fall after the Usk.....
2.....be part of the idea to make Newport a tourist/leisure centre by having water sport etc.

Also Newport city council planning dept. need to be more flexible in regard to planning permission/change of use for all the surplus retail units are no longer needed in the city centre......
.....no mention of a barrage that could - 1...... be used to generate electricity......a bit like the one on the river in France that has the next highest rise and fall after the Usk..... 2.....be part of the idea to make Newport a tourist/leisure centre by having water sport etc. Also Newport city council planning dept. need to be more flexible in regard to planning permission/change of use for all the surplus retail units are no longer needed in the city centre...... Dave on his Soapbox

7:37pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Jonnytrouble says...

May the dream come true ?
But I think this fairy land talk again,sigh
May the dream come true ? But I think this fairy land talk again,sigh Jonnytrouble

7:42pm Thu 12 Dec 13

welshmen says...

Dave on his Soapbox wrote:
.....no mention of a barrage that could -
1...... be used to generate electricity......a bit like the one on the river in France that has the next highest rise and fall after the Usk.....
2.....be part of the idea to make Newport a tourist/leisure centre by having water sport etc.

Also Newport city council planning dept. need to be more flexible in regard to planning permission/change of use for all the surplus retail units are no longer needed in the city centre......
My sentiments as well, looking at all the pictures of Newport in this report the River Usk is as near to high tide on every picture, says it all really the Barrage should be the folk-al point, this on it's own would draw £billions worth of backers and investors.
[quote][p][bold]Dave on his Soapbox[/bold] wrote: .....no mention of a barrage that could - 1...... be used to generate electricity......a bit like the one on the river in France that has the next highest rise and fall after the Usk..... 2.....be part of the idea to make Newport a tourist/leisure centre by having water sport etc. Also Newport city council planning dept. need to be more flexible in regard to planning permission/change of use for all the surplus retail units are no longer needed in the city centre......[/p][/quote]My sentiments as well, looking at all the pictures of Newport in this report the River Usk is as near to high tide on every picture, says it all really the Barrage should be the folk-al point, this on it's own would draw £billions worth of backers and investors. welshmen

8:45pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Frank Howells 68 says...

whatintheworld wrote:
the WG is now able to borrow to fund infratructure.

i would suggest that the idea to fund a software uni through WG borrowing is a good one.
"the WG is now able to borrow to fund Cardiff."

Fixed your first sentence for you, whatintheworld.
[quote][p][bold]whatintheworld[/bold] wrote: the WG is now able to borrow to fund infratructure. i would suggest that the idea to fund a software uni through WG borrowing is a good one.[/p][/quote]"the WG is now able to borrow to fund Cardiff." Fixed your first sentence for you, whatintheworld. Frank Howells 68

8:49pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Robodad says...

Turn John Frost square into an alcohol free eating centre. A nice selection of cafes and restaurants around the outside with seating and a few canopies in the centre and we could have a nice cafe culture there. A good mix of food and prices for every taste/budget and not just McDonalds/Burger King type fast food outlets and could work wonders with a knock-on effect into the rest of the city centre.
Turn John Frost square into an alcohol free eating centre. A nice selection of cafes and restaurants around the outside with seating and a few canopies in the centre and we could have a nice cafe culture there. A good mix of food and prices for every taste/budget and not just McDonalds/Burger King type fast food outlets and could work wonders with a knock-on effect into the rest of the city centre. Robodad

8:50pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

"It also recommends that a lighting competition is established to illuminate the Transporter Bridge at the Festival of Lights."

That's interesting, but which one?

Diwali, Hanukkah or Tazaungdaing?

...or all three? I wonder how expensive that will be.

Three fine religious traditions, but is it really fair - or indeed constitutional - to expect those Newport residents who aren't religious to pay for the cost of staging these three religious festivals? Will, for example, atheists get a refund discounted from their council tax?
"It also recommends that a lighting competition is established to illuminate the Transporter Bridge at the Festival of Lights." That's interesting, but which one? Diwali, Hanukkah or Tazaungdaing? ...or all three? I wonder how expensive that will be. Three fine religious traditions, but is it really fair - or indeed constitutional - to expect those Newport residents who aren't religious to pay for the cost of staging these three religious festivals? Will, for example, atheists get a refund discounted from their council tax? Katie Re-Registered

8:56pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

The ReNewport Taskforce...hmmm play on words...how clever - I bet someone got employed on a tidy sum to think that one up! I guess the trick is that the longer the highly-paid individual hired takes to think the catchy slogan up the more this cherished genius gets paid.
The ReNewport Taskforce...hmmm play on words...how clever - I bet someone got employed on a tidy sum to think that one up! I guess the trick is that the longer the highly-paid individual hired takes to think the catchy slogan up the more this cherished genius gets paid. Katie Re-Registered

10:25pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Dixie Smith says...

It sounds like someone has had an afternoon of brainstorming, flipcharts and post-it notes.

How are we supposed to fund any, some or all of these ideas - perhaps we could divert some of the funding from the proposed road through the middle of the SSSI (which attracts tourism and thus money) as a start.

There are some really good ideas thought but I want to see action not inactivity and ideas.
It sounds like someone has had an afternoon of brainstorming, flipcharts and post-it notes. How are we supposed to fund any, some or all of these ideas - perhaps we could divert some of the funding from the proposed road through the middle of the SSSI (which attracts tourism and thus money) as a start. There are some really good ideas thought but I want to see action not inactivity and ideas. Dixie Smith

11:07pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

What not have something sensible an which does not cost money such s using the Upstairs of the market for things like fashion exhibitions. Local students could display their work be it fashion or other arts. It could also be used to sell some of their product it could also include other local artists but not just painting that just boring and another me to type of thing.
Letting the units upstairs for just a Saturday could help people to start up small business without little risk. Half hearted attempts have ben made before but it needs to be done a lot better

It should not be difficult to get a good selection of products seeling from locally produced foods to fashion to pottery and things like Lamp shades etc

They need to be displayed well and not just thrown on a table top

Use the middle area of the market for small exhibiion such as a local students fashion shop. Cookery Demonstrations etc

Perhaps an arts & crafts exhibition for things such as card making etc
What not have something sensible an which does not cost money such s using the Upstairs of the market for things like fashion exhibitions. Local students could display their work be it fashion or other arts. It could also be used to sell some of their product it could also include other local artists but not just painting that just boring and another me to type of thing. Letting the units upstairs for just a Saturday could help people to start up small business without little risk. Half hearted attempts have ben made before but it needs to be done a lot better It should not be difficult to get a good selection of products seeling from locally produced foods to fashion to pottery and things like Lamp shades etc They need to be displayed well and not just thrown on a table top Use the middle area of the market for small exhibiion such as a local students fashion shop. Cookery Demonstrations etc Perhaps an arts & crafts exhibition for things such as card making etc Bobevans

11:24pm Thu 12 Dec 13

ljbrown says...

Not at all surprised by the negativity of fellow commenters. If we don't have support, pride, people power and local input then all of this is a waste of time.

Damned if you do and damned if you don't in this city.

Let's just stay as we are and moan about it on the South Wales argus website instead then...
Not at all surprised by the negativity of fellow commenters. If we don't have support, pride, people power and local input then all of this is a waste of time. Damned if you do and damned if you don't in this city. Let's just stay as we are and moan about it on the South Wales argus website instead then... ljbrown

12:21am Fri 13 Dec 13

stjulians says...

I could sit here and champion Newport for hours, it's my home City and I was proud of being from Newport (I remember the days of standing in John Frost Square at Christmas time when you literally couldn't move when the lights went on) but to see what has become of it over recent years I do now struggle wondering "Where next?". It's great to see the Indoor Market (I saw it Saturday, but I was only in the City Centre for one reason; to get a train to Bath) being refurbished and looking GREAT, it's great to see improvements to the street seats, lights etc, it's great to see the new bus station taking shape (I only saw that properly for the first time on the weekend), but other than surveys, reviews, task forces, meetings, public meetings etc etc things really need to get moving. Personally I don't think a designer quarter would work because I doubt that Newport would be able to secure enough designer shops (at least not for a number of years) to warrant people choose Newport over cities like Cardiff. I goto Cardiff because I want to shop in Superdry, Diesel (admittedly Cardiff doesn't have a Diesel shop as such), whilst I'm there I want to eat at places like Pizza Express (yes I know one is coming to Spytty), Wagamamas and similar, I want to goto shops like Apple, John Lewis and others but I can't see these names ever investing in Newport, or at least not for another 10 years. I stand by what I have thought for years that cities and towns around larger cities have little hope of surviving in retail because the larger cities have already taken the custom and people's attitudes towards shopping has vastly changed because many have taken to shopping online (myself included), through apps (myself included) or goto large Cities (myself included). I think Newport needs to strive on what's popular and I welcome the suggestion of an eating quarter, and I hope it can compete with Cardiff and Cardiff Bay but it needs to be done on a vast and large scale in order for people to change their habits. Whilst I'm not of an age any more to go out in Newport on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday (I did that regularly each week when I was younger) Newport has never changed to the change in my habits and I'd suggest the change of many other people's either - hence the need of the likes of an eating quarter. I'd welcome Newport having large grassed areas (I was disappointed in Cardiff building on the green space by the Motorpoint Arena as in the summer it seemed a popular place for people to sit); I'd welcome Newport having large outside markets in the City Centre all year round; I'd welcome large open places for events in the City Centre (I think that John Frost Square could have been far better utilised for outdoor events, outdoor cinemas, local bands, food markets, Christmas markets, 'celebrity' visits, 'pop-up' restaurants, attracting product launch days like Xbox One/PS4), I think we would do far better now not trying to compete but building on people's attitudes (not that I'm speaking for everyone). If this was utopia I'd suggest building a large shopping area matching other older buildings in Newport (we have so many nice buildings) and other large cities (I mean built 'old-fashioned' so Newport could develop like places like Bath, London (I did say utopia) and be a place that people would say "We're going to Newport this weekend") and at that point we could compete, but as it isn't, build on what's current for various ages and give people reasons to come. Part of this post probably sounds contradictory but that's likely to be me trying to cover all angles. To live only 10 minutes from a City Centre should be a HUGE benefit, but if I want to go out to eat/shop I choose elsewhere.
I could sit here and champion Newport for hours, it's my home City and I was proud of being from Newport (I remember the days of standing in John Frost Square at Christmas time when you literally couldn't move when the lights went on) but to see what has become of it over recent years I do now struggle wondering "Where next?". It's great to see the Indoor Market (I saw it Saturday, but I was only in the City Centre for one reason; to get a train to Bath) being refurbished and looking GREAT, it's great to see improvements to the street seats, lights etc, it's great to see the new bus station taking shape (I only saw that properly for the first time on the weekend), but other than surveys, reviews, task forces, meetings, public meetings etc etc things really need to get moving. Personally I don't think a designer quarter would work because I doubt that Newport would be able to secure enough designer shops (at least not for a number of years) to warrant people choose Newport over cities like Cardiff. I goto Cardiff because I want to shop in Superdry, Diesel (admittedly Cardiff doesn't have a Diesel shop as such), whilst I'm there I want to eat at places like Pizza Express (yes I know one is coming to Spytty), Wagamamas and similar, I want to goto shops like Apple, John Lewis and others but I can't see these names ever investing in Newport, or at least not for another 10 years. I stand by what I have thought for years that cities and towns around larger cities have little hope of surviving in retail because the larger cities have already taken the custom and people's attitudes towards shopping has vastly changed because many have taken to shopping online (myself included), through apps (myself included) or goto large Cities (myself included). I think Newport needs to strive on what's popular and I welcome the suggestion of an eating quarter, and I hope it can compete with Cardiff and Cardiff Bay but it needs to be done on a vast and large scale in order for people to change their habits. Whilst I'm not of an age any more to go out in Newport on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday (I did that regularly each week when I was younger) Newport has never changed to the change in my habits and I'd suggest the change of many other people's either - hence the need of the likes of an eating quarter. I'd welcome Newport having large grassed areas (I was disappointed in Cardiff building on the green space by the Motorpoint Arena as in the summer it seemed a popular place for people to sit); I'd welcome Newport having large outside markets in the City Centre all year round; I'd welcome large open places for events in the City Centre (I think that John Frost Square could have been far better utilised for outdoor events, outdoor cinemas, local bands, food markets, Christmas markets, 'celebrity' visits, 'pop-up' restaurants, attracting product launch days like Xbox One/PS4), I think we would do far better now not trying to compete but building on people's attitudes (not that I'm speaking for everyone). If this was utopia I'd suggest building a large shopping area matching other older buildings in Newport (we have so many nice buildings) and other large cities (I mean built 'old-fashioned' so Newport could develop like places like Bath, London (I did say utopia) and be a place that people would say "We're going to Newport this weekend") and at that point we could compete, but as it isn't, build on what's current for various ages and give people reasons to come. Part of this post probably sounds contradictory but that's likely to be me trying to cover all angles. To live only 10 minutes from a City Centre should be a HUGE benefit, but if I want to go out to eat/shop I choose elsewhere. stjulians

3:28am Fri 13 Dec 13

gathin says...

Frank 68- I think Sherrie is correct.
Newport is a nasty little town that has swallowed up a 3rd world deficit and got absolutely nowhere.
Don't go insulting ppl for expressing a view either as this forum is for the public to say what they like unless it's about immigration haha!
Frank 68- I think Sherrie is correct. Newport is a nasty little town that has swallowed up a 3rd world deficit and got absolutely nowhere. Don't go insulting ppl for expressing a view either as this forum is for the public to say what they like unless it's about immigration haha! gathin

6:56am Fri 13 Dec 13

scraptheWAG says...

the WAG should address why businesses don't want to come to wales (severn bridge fee and stupid welsh language) . Newport also sufferers from the WAGs policy of only spending grant money in cardiff. But nothing will change in newport it will be a slum in ten years time, twenty years time the residents will vote for their precious labour who in turn will carry on with their failed policies.
the WAG should address why businesses don't want to come to wales (severn bridge fee and stupid welsh language) . Newport also sufferers from the WAGs policy of only spending grant money in cardiff. But nothing will change in newport it will be a slum in ten years time, twenty years time the residents will vote for their precious labour who in turn will carry on with their failed policies. scraptheWAG

9:17am Fri 13 Dec 13

bodlondon says...

Newport hasn't entered terminal decline in a matter months and it will take longer than a few months to recover
Parts of the city are thriving - Spitty Retail Park barely has any free spaces most weekends
As has already been mentioned Wales does not have a great track record at following through on investment projects - the initial funding is there but once the usual crowd of cronies have bled the project dry there is little money or motiviation to pay good people to operate them

If some of the idea come to fruition it would be very good for the next generation of 'portonians

Just don't do the barrage
Newport hasn't entered terminal decline in a matter months and it will take longer than a few months to recover Parts of the city are thriving - Spitty Retail Park barely has any free spaces most weekends As has already been mentioned Wales does not have a great track record at following through on investment projects - the initial funding is there but once the usual crowd of cronies have bled the project dry there is little money or motiviation to pay good people to operate them If some of the idea come to fruition it would be very good for the next generation of 'portonians Just don't do the barrage bodlondon

9:17am Fri 13 Dec 13

Woodgnome says...

welshmen wrote:
Dave on his Soapbox wrote:
.....no mention of a barrage that could -
1...... be used to generate electricity......a bit like the one on the river in France that has the next highest rise and fall after the Usk.....
2.....be part of the idea to make Newport a tourist/leisure centre by having water sport etc.

Also Newport city council planning dept. need to be more flexible in regard to planning permission/change of use for all the surplus retail units are no longer needed in the city centre......
My sentiments as well, looking at all the pictures of Newport in this report the River Usk is as near to high tide on every picture, says it all really the Barrage should be the folk-al point, this on it's own would draw £billions worth of backers and investors.
With the greens opposing the Relief Road now,and the money being borrowed to fund it, an Usk barrage is by no means universally supported. An Usk barrage would be a white elephant.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave on his Soapbox[/bold] wrote: .....no mention of a barrage that could - 1...... be used to generate electricity......a bit like the one on the river in France that has the next highest rise and fall after the Usk..... 2.....be part of the idea to make Newport a tourist/leisure centre by having water sport etc. Also Newport city council planning dept. need to be more flexible in regard to planning permission/change of use for all the surplus retail units are no longer needed in the city centre......[/p][/quote]My sentiments as well, looking at all the pictures of Newport in this report the River Usk is as near to high tide on every picture, says it all really the Barrage should be the folk-al point, this on it's own would draw £billions worth of backers and investors.[/p][/quote]With the greens opposing the Relief Road now,and the money being borrowed to fund it, an Usk barrage is by no means universally supported. An Usk barrage would be a white elephant. Woodgnome

6:34pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Frank Howells 68 says...

gathin wrote:
Frank 68- I think Sherrie is correct.
Newport is a nasty little town that has swallowed up a 3rd world deficit and got absolutely nowhere.
Don't go insulting ppl for expressing a view either as this forum is for the public to say what they like unless it's about immigration haha!
I was merely returning the insult. That pig said that Newport is "full of scum" which suggests that it is saying that everyone in Newport is scum. This insults not only me but my 5 year-old daughter, my partner, my mother, my father, my grandparents, all my friends, etc, etc. All of whom, apart from my daughter, pay tax at the (unfair) higher rate.
[quote][p][bold]gathin[/bold] wrote: Frank 68- I think Sherrie is correct. Newport is a nasty little town that has swallowed up a 3rd world deficit and got absolutely nowhere. Don't go insulting ppl for expressing a view either as this forum is for the public to say what they like unless it's about immigration haha![/p][/quote]I was merely returning the insult. That pig said that Newport is "full of scum" which suggests that it is saying that everyone in Newport is scum. This insults not only me but my 5 year-old daughter, my partner, my mother, my father, my grandparents, all my friends, etc, etc. All of whom, apart from my daughter, pay tax at the (unfair) higher rate. Frank Howells 68

9:51am Sun 15 Dec 13

ollie72 says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
the WAG should address why businesses don't want to come to wales (severn bridge fee and stupid welsh language) . Newport also sufferers from the WAGs policy of only spending grant money in cardiff. But nothing will change in newport it will be a slum in ten years time, twenty years time the residents will vote for their precious labour who in turn will carry on with their failed policies.
Agree on the Severn bridge fee (lets hope they stick to their word when they take over the bridge in 2017 and drop the tolls to a £1). I work across the bridge, and the tolls are costing me £31 a week at the current level - amazes me that business are happy to take that.

Can't agree on the "stupid Welsh language" comment. It's a source of embarrassment to me that I wasn't taught my language in school to the same level as English. The bits I have picked up were due to me learning independently as an adult - and that was because it upset me that I couldn't sing my national anthem. My mother still talks about being caned in school for speaking welsh in the 60's

It's our language - we didn't ask to be annexed by our neighbours...
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: the WAG should address why businesses don't want to come to wales (severn bridge fee and stupid welsh language) . Newport also sufferers from the WAGs policy of only spending grant money in cardiff. But nothing will change in newport it will be a slum in ten years time, twenty years time the residents will vote for their precious labour who in turn will carry on with their failed policies.[/p][/quote]Agree on the Severn bridge fee (lets hope they stick to their word when they take over the bridge in 2017 and drop the tolls to a £1). I work across the bridge, and the tolls are costing me £31 a week at the current level - amazes me that business are happy to take that. Can't agree on the "stupid Welsh language" comment. It's a source of embarrassment to me that I wasn't taught my language in school to the same level as English. The bits I have picked up were due to me learning independently as an adult - and that was because it upset me that I couldn't sing my national anthem. My mother still talks about being caned in school for speaking welsh in the 60's It's our language - we didn't ask to be annexed by our neighbours... ollie72

2:30pm Wed 18 Dec 13

St3v3y says...

What to do with Newport..? The town ( it's not a city is it really ) has gone into decline ever since someones great idea to pedestrianize the streets. Rip it all up and lay some new roads through it, let the life blood flow back in, (so to speak) I don't see why Newport can't follow the same business model as Cwmbran, Free Parking ease of access and er shops, actual shops.
What to do with Newport..? The town ( it's not a city is it really ) has gone into decline ever since someones great idea to pedestrianize the streets. Rip it all up and lay some new roads through it, let the life blood flow back in, (so to speak) I don't see why Newport can't follow the same business model as Cwmbran, Free Parking ease of access and er shops, actual shops. St3v3y

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