Ideas for Newport need funding - council leader

South Wales Argus: Newport City Council leader, Cllr Bob Bright Newport City Council leader, Cllr Bob Bright

THE leader of Newport City Council, Cllr Bob Bright,says funding for projects proposed in the ReNewport report must be obtained as he welcomed its findings yesterday.

At a cabinet meeting last week, he said he “embraced” the report.

But he also said it was “just a number of bullet points of aspirations”.

In a statement released by the council yesterday, he said: “It is gratifying that many of our ideas, such as introducing more residential use of the city centre, are along the same lines as it demonstrates that we are on the right track and all have the best interests of Newport at heart.

“However, I think we do have to be mindful that many of the recommendations need serious funding to get off the ground and will need investment from the Welsh Government and others if they are to become a reality.

“Along with others we are looking forward to further discussions with the Task Force and the Welsh Government as these suggestions are developed further.”

But he said the city could look forward to a “brighter” future, citing the new Admiral headquarters, the construction of Friars Walk and the Nato summit at Celtic Manor next year.

Simon Gibson, who chaired the ReNewport task force, said he had been assured by Economy Minister Edwina Hart there is money available for most of the ideas they suggested.

These included a new “software university”, a roof over High Street and a national centre for cyber security.

Mr Gibson said last week the task force had been “absolutely blown away by the good will and good ideas” from the city’s people.

Mrs Hart has said she will give feedback on the report early next year.

The Newport Business Development Task Force is behind ReNewport.

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4:06pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Woodgnome says...

I'm getting light headed with the sheer enthusiasm and speed Mr Dynamo Bright is driving matters forward.
I'm getting light headed with the sheer enthusiasm and speed Mr Dynamo Bright is driving matters forward. Woodgnome

6:02pm Thu 19 Dec 13

jaggededge says...

Bob's a star everything is going to be OK bring on 2014 the new Newport is coming. Sorry bob but Newport in 2014 will still be a cesspit
Bob's a star everything is going to be OK bring on 2014 the new Newport is coming. Sorry bob but Newport in 2014 will still be a cesspit jaggededge

7:44pm Thu 19 Dec 13

merlin the silure says...

"bullet point" -the only bullet point that DIM needs is his own aimed at his head.- yet another own goal by our dear leader,this guy is a serious joke and should not be allowed antwhere near leadership.
"bullet point" -the only bullet point that DIM needs is his own aimed at his head.- yet another own goal by our dear leader,this guy is a serious joke and should not be allowed antwhere near leadership. merlin the silure

7:47pm Thu 19 Dec 13

merlin the silure says...

ah-missed that one-the NATO summit-will that bring the same "benefits" as the much vaunted Ryder Cup?
ah-missed that one-the NATO summit-will that bring the same "benefits" as the much vaunted Ryder Cup? merlin the silure

8:14pm Thu 19 Dec 13

33daverave says...

I think he needs to get the bus station finished before Christmas before opening his stupid gob.
It's still a shambles.
I think he needs to get the bus station finished before Christmas before opening his stupid gob. It's still a shambles. 33daverave

9:52pm Thu 19 Dec 13

eezageeza says...

God dear god why do we have these people in charge ? what did we do in a past life to deserve this ?
God dear god why do we have these people in charge ? what did we do in a past life to deserve this ? eezageeza

3:01am Fri 20 Dec 13

Port0214 says...

50 years of **** poor planning will not be put right by a department store an insurance office and a meeting.

Someone will surely point out to Edwina Hart that Newport is not part of Cardiff and the Vale of Glam and that will be the end of it.
50 years of **** poor planning will not be put right by a department store an insurance office and a meeting. Someone will surely point out to Edwina Hart that Newport is not part of Cardiff and the Vale of Glam and that will be the end of it. Port0214

6:04am Fri 20 Dec 13

Severn40 says...

I wonder when he first read the report did Councillor Bright quietly reflect on the decline of the town over the past thirty years. Did he quietly reflect on his own involvement in those administrations over the same period and that Newport is perhaps better off with someone new with an more engaged outlook and more than happy to ditch some of the politics and instead work with others?
I wonder when he first read the report did Councillor Bright quietly reflect on the decline of the town over the past thirty years. Did he quietly reflect on his own involvement in those administrations over the same period and that Newport is perhaps better off with someone new with an more engaged outlook and more than happy to ditch some of the politics and instead work with others? Severn40

7:29am Fri 20 Dec 13

Llanmartinangel says...

What are you all complaining about? We'll soon be boasting some state-of-the-art gypsy camps one of which will be one of the biggest in the UK. That's what you all wanted wasn't it?
What are you all complaining about? We'll soon be boasting some state-of-the-art gypsy camps one of which will be one of the biggest in the UK. That's what you all wanted wasn't it? Llanmartinangel

12:34pm Fri 20 Dec 13

whatintheworld says...

none of the suggestions will be funded, the money WG is now able to borrow to fund projects like these has already been earmarked for the motorway.
none of the suggestions will be funded, the money WG is now able to borrow to fund projects like these has already been earmarked for the motorway. whatintheworld

3:14pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Thomas O'Malley says...

Lots of vision and good ideas...no funding. Don't expect a penny from the WAG, they've destroyed Newport and spent the money in Cardiff and elsewhere because Newport is 2 safe Labour seats. They won't change. If the WAG want to show a sign of intent then put the Conference Centre in Newport city centre, not at the Celtic Manor.

Newport Council is going to have to attract the private sector to the city centre on its own with no help from the WAG. Admiral, Debenhams and Premier Inn is a start. I know Acorn, GoCompare and other companies support the local economy (and yes Sir Terry) but it would be a massive boost if they moved their businesses into the city centre to create demand for hotels, shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.
Lots of vision and good ideas...no funding. Don't expect a penny from the WAG, they've destroyed Newport and spent the money in Cardiff and elsewhere because Newport is 2 safe Labour seats. They won't change. If the WAG want to show a sign of intent then put the Conference Centre in Newport city centre, not at the Celtic Manor. Newport Council is going to have to attract the private sector to the city centre on its own with no help from the WAG. Admiral, Debenhams and Premier Inn is a start. I know Acorn, GoCompare and other companies support the local economy (and yes Sir Terry) but it would be a massive boost if they moved their businesses into the city centre to create demand for hotels, shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. Thomas O'Malley

8:20pm Fri 20 Dec 13

scraptheWAG says...

well bob get down the WAG and get some funding they have millions to slosh about down there it was announced last week that a extra 5 million was to be spent on welsh language empty planes to angelsey empty trains and a £7k to spent on a new tv for the WAG.
well bob get down the WAG and get some funding they have millions to slosh about down there it was announced last week that a extra 5 million was to be spent on welsh language empty planes to angelsey empty trains and a £7k to spent on a new tv for the WAG. scraptheWAG

6:05am Sat 21 Dec 13

Port0214 says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
What are you all complaining about? We'll soon be boasting some state-of-the-art gypsy camps one of which will be one of the biggest in the UK. That's what you all wanted wasn't it?
you're forgetting the biggest pound store and the fattest five year old.

were on a roll!!!
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: What are you all complaining about? We'll soon be boasting some state-of-the-art gypsy camps one of which will be one of the biggest in the UK. That's what you all wanted wasn't it?[/p][/quote]you're forgetting the biggest pound store and the fattest five year old. were on a roll!!! Port0214

12:22pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Ian MacKinlay says...

33daverave wrote:
I think he needs to get the bus station finished before Christmas before opening his stupid gob.
It's still a shambles.
"I think he needs to get the bus station finished before Christmas before opening his stupid gob.
It's still a shambles."


Patience, my good man.

Patience.

There is still three hundred and sixty-nine days to go.

You sound as though you mean this year!
[quote][p][bold]33daverave[/bold] wrote: I think he needs to get the bus station finished before Christmas before opening his stupid gob. It's still a shambles.[/p][/quote]"I think he needs to get the bus station finished before Christmas before opening his stupid gob. It's still a shambles." Patience, my good man. Patience. There is still three hundred and sixty-nine days to go. You sound as though you mean this year! Ian MacKinlay

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