ARGUS COMMENT: A boost for Newport city centre

ARGUS COMMENT: A boost for Newport city centre

ARGUS COMMENT: A boost for Newport city centre

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COMING hot on the heels of the negative Centre for Cities report yesterday, today’s news that Newport has secured £15 million of Welsh Government funding is more than welcome.

The money will enable the council to build as many as 420 inner-city homes and upgrade a further 160 others in projects the council hopes will create 600 jobs.

The money, part of the £100 million Vibrant and Viable Places pot set up by the Welsh Government, is all aimed at town and city centre regeneration.

Newport, and neighbouring Torfaen which secured £8 million, were among 11 local authorities successful in bidding for a share of the money. Minister Carl Sargeant said the project focus was about creating diverse and vibrant town centres and making them attractive places to live.

In that respect the grant fits in perfectly with a lot of the aspirations for Newport.

And it is just one further positive sign that things in Newport city centre will soon start looking up.

The announcement comes just days before a summit is to take place in the city where the Re-Newport project group will discuss their already well-received ideas with business leaders, councillors and other parties.

If this is all about bringing people back into the city centre, then it ties in with many of the ideas put forward by Re-Newport and with what we have been arguing for quite some time.

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1:28pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Severn40 says...

It is certainly welcome but the Newport money largely replaces the cash that was coming to Newport Unlimited anyway. Just be careful of Welsh Government spin and rehashed regeneration initiatives.
It is certainly welcome but the Newport money largely replaces the cash that was coming to Newport Unlimited anyway. Just be careful of Welsh Government spin and rehashed regeneration initiatives. Severn40
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1:51pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Ian MacKinlay says...

Penultimate paragraph:

"The announcement comes just days before a summit is to take place in the city where the Re-Newport project group will discuss their already well-received ideas with business leaders, councillors and other parties. "

Where and when will the "Re-Newport project group" be discussing their ideas with business leaders, councillors and other parties?

It would be good if the Argus could tell its readers the venue for this event.
Penultimate paragraph: "The announcement comes just days before a summit is to take place in the city where the Re-Newport project group will discuss their already well-received ideas with business leaders, councillors and other parties. " Where and when will the "Re-Newport project group" be discussing their ideas with business leaders, councillors and other parties? It would be good if the Argus could tell its readers the venue for this event. Ian MacKinlay
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5:57am Sat 1 Feb 14

scraptheWAG says...

WoW how can we ever thank uncle carwyn and that amazing wag enough!!!!
WoW how can we ever thank uncle carwyn and that amazing wag enough!!!! scraptheWAG
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10:51am Sun 2 Feb 14

scraptheWAG says...

15 million for newport the pot is 100 million as wales third largest city should we not get more.
15 million for newport the pot is 100 million as wales third largest city should we not get more. scraptheWAG
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