Simon Gibson says money would be better spent on building wealth than Newport Ship

First published in News

MONEY would be better spent on creating wealth than on the Newport Ship.

That’s according to ReNewport's Simon Gibson who was applauded when he told delegates at the Newport City Summit that youth unemployment was a bigger priority.

The comment came during a question and answer session with Mr Gibson, council leader Cllr Bob Bright and Ian Edwards of the Celtic Manor Resort.

Cllr Bright called the Ship a “national treasure which should be on exhibition in Newport” but argued that it was difficult with the current severe financial constraints.

“It’s not within the gift of the city council. We need a partnership approach. It’s a fantastic find. It has fantastic potential for tourists and those interested in that kind of history,” he said.

Cllr Bright suggested Mr Gibson and the taskforce he chairs could raise the matter with Welsh ministers.

But Mr Gibson said: “Our take on it is that it’s an enormously important piece of antiquity but it has to be prioritised,” he said.

“Right now, to do the job properly the amount of money required is too big, and that money would be better spent creating wealth.”

“The Ship in its current state is not as important as youth unemployment,” he said to some cheers from the audience.

Mr Gibson pointed to how the Alacrity foundation, a business bootcamp in Newport, has attracted philanthropic support.

He added: “The Ship’s day will come. When it does come lets do it properly."

There are outstanding Newport council proposals to end the budget for the Newport Ship by 2016.

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8:23pm Tue 4 Feb 14

sherrie says...

Can't stand Simon Gibson ...
Can't stand Simon Gibson ... sherrie
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10:06pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Mr Bump. says...

They've been faffing about with this ship for about 12 years now. Set fire to the bloody thing.
They've been faffing about with this ship for about 12 years now. Set fire to the bloody thing. Mr Bump.
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8:31am Wed 5 Feb 14

Woodgnome says...

Oh well if Simon Gibson say's so it must be right - err, who's Simon Gibson? My cat has opinions too but I ignore them.
Oh well if Simon Gibson say's so it must be right - err, who's Simon Gibson? My cat has opinions too but I ignore them. Woodgnome
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8:22pm Wed 5 Feb 14

westender says...

Woodgnome wrote:
Oh well if Simon Gibson say's so it must be right - err, who's Simon Gibson? My cat has opinions too but I ignore them.
At last a voice of reason, Mr Ferris and others cost Newport ratepayers a great deal of money with the campaign to dig out and preserve that old boat, really just a load of old lumber that if those construction workers had had their wits about them should have been buried under a load of concrete.
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Oh well if Simon Gibson say's so it must be right - err, who's Simon Gibson? My cat has opinions too but I ignore them.[/p][/quote]At last a voice of reason, Mr Ferris and others cost Newport ratepayers a great deal of money with the campaign to dig out and preserve that old boat, really just a load of old lumber that if those construction workers had had their wits about them should have been buried under a load of concrete. westender
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11:24pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Indigo Pete says...

westender wrote:
Woodgnome wrote:
Oh well if Simon Gibson say's so it must be right - err, who's Simon Gibson? My cat has opinions too but I ignore them.
At last a voice of reason, Mr Ferris and others cost Newport ratepayers a great deal of money with the campaign to dig out and preserve that old boat, really just a load of old lumber that if those construction workers had had their wits about them should have been buried under a load of concrete.
Westender, It’s people with your attitude that makes Newport the metropolis of arts and culture it is today.

It is THE most complete ship EVER discovered of its age anywhere in the World, a gift that could be used to bring tourists, scientists and those who love heritage from all over the world.

The positive financial run off of people coming to see such a fine example of European history would pay for itself many times over far into the distant future.

Simon Gibson has done what exactly for Newport?

Where has all the thousands and thousands of pounds his organisation were given gone ?

What has he to show for his position ?

He wants to kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

Typical narrow minded short sighted bureaucrat. !

You cannot create jobs out of thin air ! Where are they supposed to come from. Companies don’t want to come to Newport because the short sightedness and foolishness of what people like Simon Gibson have destroyed a once great town

No wonder Terry Matthews moved to Canada

We cannot let the fools and idiots destroy such a treasure of Newport
[quote][p][bold]westender[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Oh well if Simon Gibson say's so it must be right - err, who's Simon Gibson? My cat has opinions too but I ignore them.[/p][/quote]At last a voice of reason, Mr Ferris and others cost Newport ratepayers a great deal of money with the campaign to dig out and preserve that old boat, really just a load of old lumber that if those construction workers had had their wits about them should have been buried under a load of concrete.[/p][/quote]Westender, It’s people with your attitude that makes Newport the metropolis of arts and culture it is today. It is THE most complete ship EVER discovered of its age anywhere in the World, a gift that could be used to bring tourists, scientists and those who love heritage from all over the world. The positive financial run off of people coming to see such a fine example of European history would pay for itself many times over far into the distant future. Simon Gibson has done what exactly for Newport? Where has all the thousands and thousands of pounds his organisation were given gone ? What has he to show for his position ? He wants to kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Typical narrow minded short sighted bureaucrat. ! You cannot create jobs out of thin air ! Where are they supposed to come from. Companies don’t want to come to Newport because the short sightedness and foolishness of what people like Simon Gibson have destroyed a once great town No wonder Terry Matthews moved to Canada We cannot let the fools and idiots destroy such a treasure of Newport Indigo Pete
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