ARGUS COMMENT: Who cares about Newport cuts?

South Wales Argus: ARGUS COMMENT: Who cares about Newport cuts? ARGUS COMMENT: Who cares about Newport cuts?

IT IS disappointing that so few people turned out for a series of public consultation meetings to discuss budget cuts in Newport.

A similar exercise in neighbouring Monmouthshire attracted hundreds of participants with the result that many ideas were generated about how to maintain services amid stricter financial constraints.

Of course, not all of the ideas may be workable but the meetings did lead to a lot of positive feedback for the council. A second round is now taking place.

So we welcomed Newport council’s decision to hold its own series of public meetings following the revelation of the level of cuts needed.

And given the level of interest we saw on our own social media platforms and website following the initial announcement, we expected the meetings to be, if not lively, then at least well attended.

That was not to be. Only 25 people turned out with only another 12 responding to the consultation on-line.

This is hugely disappointing.

It is either a sign that people don’t care enough about the tough decisions facing the city or they think their contribution would not be taken seriously.

Whatever the reason, it means the council will have to forge ahead without knowing the strength of feeling in favour or against particular proposals.

And that is a missed opportunity.

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12:34pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Woodgnome says...

Public meetings of this type are classically unsuccessful at generating interest, not just locally but nationally. interestingly, meetings generated by the people themselves to support or oppose an issue are usually much more successful. Perhaps the Council should be more innovative as to it's methods.
Public meetings of this type are classically unsuccessful at generating interest, not just locally but nationally. interestingly, meetings generated by the people themselves to support or oppose an issue are usually much more successful. Perhaps the Council should be more innovative as to it's methods. Woodgnome
  • Score: 1

12:35pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Uh-oh, another telling off by the Argus to the people of Newport.
Uh-oh, another telling off by the Argus to the people of Newport. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 3

1:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Have the council, as an experiment, propose another consultation then, that proposes to dissolve the council and its grip on the people of Newport, and invite ideas on other ways to manage the resources of the community and see how much public interest THAT generates.

Yeah, yeah, I know... never going to happen.
Have the council, as an experiment, propose another consultation then, that proposes to dissolve the council and its grip on the people of Newport, and invite ideas on other ways to manage the resources of the community and see how much public interest THAT generates. Yeah, yeah, I know... never going to happen. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: -5

1:42pm Tue 14 Jan 14

p stani says...

Lets be honest,most people have given up not just on this town but on this country,there is nothing I can think of that as ever got better for the working classes. Councillors politicians etc spurt lies out every election time but things just always go backwards,roads in total disrepair hospitals crumbling schools falling apart no decent infrastructure no street lighting,dirty weed lined streets and disgraceful roads. I could go on,so most people do not bother to go along to these meetings because we will always just put up with, whatever these old completely out of touch with people councilors have to say.I am sure if they had a meeting to discuss cutting the number of councillors and cutting the obscene wages and LOL expenses they receive you might get a decent turn out.
Lets be honest,most people have given up not just on this town but on this country,there is nothing I can think of that as ever got better for the working classes. Councillors politicians etc spurt lies out every election time but things just always go backwards,roads in total disrepair hospitals crumbling schools falling apart no decent infrastructure no street lighting,dirty weed lined streets and disgraceful roads. I could go on,so most people do not bother to go along to these meetings because we will always just put up with, whatever these old completely out of touch with people councilors have to say.I am sure if they had a meeting to discuss cutting the number of councillors and cutting the obscene wages and LOL expenses they receive you might get a decent turn out. p stani
  • Score: -1

2:20pm Tue 14 Jan 14

debbiera says...

What consultation meetings? Let's be honest they aren't well publicised. I knew nothing about them. Mind you, they tend to hold meetings such as these during the day when working people can't make it.

If perhaps they drew up a proper schedule of meetings outside the usual 9-5 and ensured everybody in Newport were made aware of them (perhaps by advertising them in Newport Matters?) they would get a better turnout.
What consultation meetings? Let's be honest they aren't well publicised. I knew nothing about them. Mind you, they tend to hold meetings such as these during the day when working people can't make it. If perhaps they drew up a proper schedule of meetings outside the usual 9-5 and ensured everybody in Newport were made aware of them (perhaps by advertising them in Newport Matters?) they would get a better turnout. debbiera
  • Score: 3

7:41pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Welshman76 says...

People are elected supposedly by others to make these kind of decisions on their behalf. If they make bad decisions then they will lose their seat on the council or others will stand against them. However few people vote which means the people making the decisions are not held accountable for their actions and the people who do vote will vote for a political party regardless of who the representative is. More independents are needed but alas it's a case of who you know and jobs for the boys. People need to start voting for the people who do a decent job not because they wear a red or blue tie! In my opinion, the councillors I've come across are in it for themselves with their perks and events etc and to keep in their social circles rather than to act on behalf of their constituents.
People are elected supposedly by others to make these kind of decisions on their behalf. If they make bad decisions then they will lose their seat on the council or others will stand against them. However few people vote which means the people making the decisions are not held accountable for their actions and the people who do vote will vote for a political party regardless of who the representative is. More independents are needed but alas it's a case of who you know and jobs for the boys. People need to start voting for the people who do a decent job not because they wear a red or blue tie! In my opinion, the councillors I've come across are in it for themselves with their perks and events etc and to keep in their social circles rather than to act on behalf of their constituents. Welshman76
  • Score: 0

7:43pm Tue 14 Jan 14

russ angel says...

They are only gestures anyway.A way of duping the public into thinking that they have a choice.Keep the masses happy.Get this lot out first then I may be interested.
They are only gestures anyway.A way of duping the public into thinking that they have a choice.Keep the masses happy.Get this lot out first then I may be interested. russ angel
  • Score: 1

8:19pm Tue 14 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

Kevin the best thing you could do for Newport is to get labour thrown out, ask John Griffiths AM why the hatred of this town why they starve it of cash and squander hundreds of millions on their little pet projects and a novelty language.

You have the power to get the AM's to do a question and answer session and expose labour for what they are just a self serving pile of trash.
Kevin the best thing you could do for Newport is to get labour thrown out, ask John Griffiths AM why the hatred of this town why they starve it of cash and squander hundreds of millions on their little pet projects and a novelty language. You have the power to get the AM's to do a question and answer session and expose labour for what they are just a self serving pile of trash. scraptheWAG
  • Score: 1

12:06pm Wed 15 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

sums up the comments you see here everyday to be honest.

"newport is run down...blah blah blah... theres no hope for the city... blah blah blah... should have taken everything else down with the carpark... ITS ALL LABOURS/BOB BRIGHTS FAULT!...blah blah blah..."

when you ask how contributors would change things, or ways the cuts could be distributed, you get a torrent of ignorant babble about donkeys and red rosettes.
sums up the comments you see here everyday to be honest. "newport is run down...blah blah blah... theres no hope for the city... blah blah blah... should have taken everything else down with the carpark... ITS ALL LABOURS/BOB BRIGHTS FAULT!...blah blah blah..." when you ask how contributors would change things, or ways the cuts could be distributed, you get a torrent of ignorant babble about donkeys and red rosettes. whatintheworld
  • Score: 3

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