ARGUS COMMENT: Fine words, inspiring vision - now Newport needs action

South Wales Argus: ARGUS COMMENT: Fine words, inspiring vision - now Newport needs action ARGUS COMMENT: Fine words, inspiring vision - now Newport needs action

YESTERDAY’S inaugural Newport city summit was full of energy, ambition and inspiration.

After decades of false dawns, there finally seems to be an integrated, joined-up, partnership approach to regenerating the city.

It was good to see leading figures from the public and private sector singing from the same song sheet at the summit, which is likely to become an annual event.

But fine words and intentions will only go so far.

What the majority of people in Newport want to see is action.

Newport has never lacked ideas, innovation or will. It has lacked delivery.

And that has led directly to much of the cynicism from which the city suffers.

As we have said before, this is a pivotal year for Newport.

Construction work on Friars Walk will start within the next month, the Welsh Government has pledged financial support for some of Re:Newport’s proposals, and the NATO summit will put the city in the world spotlight.

Every opportunity that 2014 offers Newport has to be grabbed with both hands.

If that happens, the city’s current leaders will leave a legacy of prosperity for Newport’s future generations.

If it does not, then the city will have missed a chance that may not come around again for generations, if ever.

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2:04pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Mervyn James says...

We deserve no less. Every other LA/Council has moved forward we have been left behind and no longer a city or even vying for that status any more, 20% of the city centre is empty. another 20% being flattened by bulldozers, and the rest struggling. If we cannot cut it this year, then for Newport its game over.

We look poor we are poor, decay is obvious, Newportonians shamed to being identified with Newport as objects of ridicule and chavism. the only growth is apathy. With C5 wanting to show BETTWS can beat Birmingham's benefit street by a few miles, maybe we could block that for a start. We don't ant pulp TV trying to do us down as well. It isn't the image Newport wants to promote, but the only image it has.
We deserve no less. Every other LA/Council has moved forward we have been left behind and no longer a city or even vying for that status any more, 20% of the city centre is empty. another 20% being flattened by bulldozers, and the rest struggling. If we cannot cut it this year, then for Newport its game over. We look poor we are poor, decay is obvious, Newportonians shamed to being identified with Newport as objects of ridicule and chavism. the only growth is apathy. With C5 wanting to show BETTWS can beat Birmingham's benefit street by a few miles, maybe we could block that for a start. We don't ant pulp TV trying to do us down as well. It isn't the image Newport wants to promote, but the only image it has. Mervyn James
  • Score: 5

5:19pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Might help if the WG took some notice that Newport does exist in Wales or would they like to see England have us and one less problem for them...
The report on the Welsh TV news last night about our ' City ' also did NOT do us any favours, plus they had to bring up about that M4 accident with it...
If that does not wake up,,,WG our Councillor's, Mp's, Am's then sorry we are doomed !
Might help if the WG took some notice that Newport does exist in Wales or would they like to see England have us and one less problem for them... The report on the Welsh TV news last night about our ' City ' also did NOT do us any favours, plus they had to bring up about that M4 accident with it... If that does not wake up,,,WG our Councillor's, Mp's, Am's then sorry we are doomed ! Jonnytrouble
  • Score: 1

7:03pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

..I see on the news tonight.......Newpor
t is one of only 4 areas in Wales where house prices have fallen in the Nationwide BS findings...no surprise there then with all the negative news that out there.......
..I see on the news tonight.......Newpor t is one of only 4 areas in Wales where house prices have fallen in the Nationwide BS findings...no surprise there then with all the negative news that out there....... Dave on his Soapbox
  • Score: 1

12:35am Thu 6 Feb 14

scraptheWAG says...

i work in bristol and the looks you get when you tell people you live in this run down squat of a town
i work in bristol and the looks you get when you tell people you live in this run down squat of a town scraptheWAG
  • Score: 1

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