Few votes for Old Kent Road in Newport Monopoly poll

South Wales Argus: 2924911 MONOPOLY:  Joanna Cartwright of the National Trust, Newport Mayor Cllr Cliff Suller and Mayoress Christine Suller with Dan Taylor of Monopoly, play a game of Monopoly at Tredegar House to launch the Newport edition 2924911 MONOPOLY: Joanna Cartwright of the National Trust, Newport Mayor Cllr Cliff Suller and Mayoress Christine Suller with Dan Taylor of Monopoly, play a game of Monopoly at Tredegar House to launch the Newport edition

THE GAME makers of Newport’s Monopoly have been left “baffled” at a lack of votes for sites to reside at the city's equivalent of Old Kent Road.

Monopoly game makers are asking themselves whether Newport is “too posh” for an Old Kent Road equivalent on the city’s version of the game following a lack of suggestions from Newportonians for the games most moderately priced site.

Of all 22 property sites in the game, Old Kent Road is the lowest ranking in position, which has the poorest returns, and is the cheapest to buy, costing just 60 Monopoly notes.

This comes following the announcement made earlier this month at Tredegar House which revealed that Newport would be getting its very own version of the game in time for Christmas.

Newportonians were invited to cast their votes for which landmarks they would like to see grace the famous spots on the board.

Since then the makers say they have been “overwhelmed” with “wonderful” suggestions.

Dan Taylor, Head of Custom Games at Winning Moves UK – producing the board under license from Hasbro, said: “It is crystal clear from the public’s voting that Newport is more than well blessed with great landmarks to fill the length and breadth of the board with the Transporter Bridge, Rodney Parade, and Tredegar House.

“We have been absolutely spoilt for choice.

“But there have been hardly any suggestions so far for an Old Kent Road equivalent.

“Perhaps the city is too ‘posh?”

Mr Taylor also added that many nominations have suggested four city bridges take over the four train stations from the board’s original, after he previously said that the train stations will take on a “travel” theme.

Other suggestions include fining players for paying a visit to England, which is currently being considered by Mr Taylor.

He added: “We would like to thank everyone for their imaginative suggestions.

“Some have even been in poetic form.

“Please keep them all coming!”

Poll lines close at midnight on March 25.

To submit your nominations and suggestions, email newport@winningmoves.co.uk or at facebook.com/newportmonopoly or via post to NEWPORT MONOPOLY, Winning Moves UK, 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NJ.

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8:15am Tue 18 Mar 14

Cefn17 says...

Possibly the stigma attached to it. I've always considered Old Kent Road as somewhat iconic so may be one of the well known older locations could be used. Its all a bit subjective but Tunnel Terrace, Llanarth St (I know it does not technically exist now), Bolt Street, Corn Street and Market Street spring to mind.
Possibly the stigma attached to it. I've always considered Old Kent Road as somewhat iconic so may be one of the well known older locations could be used. Its all a bit subjective but Tunnel Terrace, Llanarth St (I know it does not technically exist now), Bolt Street, Corn Street and Market Street spring to mind. Cefn17
  • Score: 4

9:23am Tue 18 Mar 14

HonestBlog says...

'Monopoly game makers are asking themselves whether Newport is “too posh” for an Old Kent Road equivalent'

Never heard Newport and Posh in the same sentence before. Cant see the struggle, it's Newport, there is an abundance of 'Old Kent Roads'
'Monopoly game makers are asking themselves whether Newport is “too posh” for an Old Kent Road equivalent' Never heard Newport and Posh in the same sentence before. Cant see the struggle, it's Newport, there is an abundance of 'Old Kent Roads' HonestBlog
  • Score: 3

11:08am Tue 18 Mar 14

Gareth says...

They're a baffling lot at Monopoly PR.

They are baffled that Newport hasn't voted in droves for the equivalent of Old Kent Road. "Maybe the city is too posh?" Dan Taylor asks.

Last April, they were baffled that Swindon hadn't voted in droves for the equivalent of Old Kent Road. "Maybe the town is too posh?" Dan Taylor asked.

It really is baffling...
They're a baffling lot at Monopoly PR. They are baffled that Newport hasn't voted in droves for the equivalent of Old Kent Road. "Maybe the city is too posh?" Dan Taylor asks. Last April, they were baffled that Swindon hadn't voted in droves for the equivalent of Old Kent Road. "Maybe the town is too posh?" Dan Taylor asked. It really is baffling... Gareth
  • Score: 10

11:52am Tue 18 Mar 14

andrew57 says...

any street town centre or maybe old kent rd is to posh for town centre.
any street town centre or maybe old kent rd is to posh for town centre. andrew57
  • Score: -1

12:24pm Tue 18 Mar 14

squirrelchez says...

HonestBlog wrote:
'Monopoly game makers are asking themselves whether Newport is “too posh” for an Old Kent Road equivalent' Never heard Newport and Posh in the same sentence before. Cant see the struggle, it's Newport, there is an abundance of 'Old Kent Roads'
I read that part of the article as tongue-in-cheek based on the lack of response. If you think there are plenty of options, then maybe you might like to suggest one? That's the point they're making...
[quote][p][bold]HonestBlog[/bold] wrote: 'Monopoly game makers are asking themselves whether Newport is “too posh” for an Old Kent Road equivalent' Never heard Newport and Posh in the same sentence before. Cant see the struggle, it's Newport, there is an abundance of 'Old Kent Roads'[/p][/quote]I read that part of the article as tongue-in-cheek based on the lack of response. If you think there are plenty of options, then maybe you might like to suggest one? That's the point they're making... squirrelchez
  • Score: 1

3:21pm Tue 18 Mar 14

DavidMclean says...

A classic example of re-using PR...

http://www.swindonad
vertiser.co.uk/news/
10340855.Old_Kent_Ro
ad__No__we___re_too_
posh/
A classic example of re-using PR... http://www.swindonad vertiser.co.uk/news/ 10340855.Old_Kent_Ro ad__No__we___re_too_ posh/ DavidMclean
  • Score: 2

3:31pm Tue 18 Mar 14

DavidMclean says...

What the heck! If it works, use it as often as you can...

'IS SWINDON too posh for an Old Kent Road equivalent on the new Monopoly board for Wiltshire’s largest town?

'That’s what baffled games makers are asking after revealing a dearth of votes for Monopoly’s cheapest site on the board – just 60 Monopoly notes.'
FROM THE SWINDON ADVERTISER

OR...

'The developers of the first Lincoln Monopoly have been left debating one key issue. as votes poured in for landmarks to appear on the board.

'While many suggestions have been made for the more popular squares on the board, there have been few for the Old Kent Road square.
FROM THE LINCOLNSHIRE ECHO

OR...

MAKERS of a new Monopoly game for County Durham can’t find a taker for the site occupied for more than 70 years by Old Kent Road.

“Is County Durham too posh these days to be associated with a site that costs only £60?” asked Monopoly promoter Graham Barnes.
FROM THE CHRONICLE LIVE

OR...

The need for more `upmarket' squares was also evident in the lack of nominees for squares at the lower end of the market.

"We had real difficulty trying to find people to nominate places for Old Kent Road - so we've cancelled it," said the spokesman.
FROM THE WORCESTER NEWS
What the heck! If it works, use it as often as you can... 'IS SWINDON too posh for an Old Kent Road equivalent on the new Monopoly board for Wiltshire’s largest town? 'That’s what baffled games makers are asking after revealing a dearth of votes for Monopoly’s cheapest site on the board – just 60 Monopoly notes.' FROM THE SWINDON ADVERTISER OR... 'The developers of the first Lincoln Monopoly have been left debating one key issue. as votes poured in for landmarks to appear on the board. 'While many suggestions have been made for the more popular squares on the board, there have been few for the Old Kent Road square. FROM THE LINCOLNSHIRE ECHO OR... MAKERS of a new Monopoly game for County Durham can’t find a taker for the site occupied for more than 70 years by Old Kent Road. “Is County Durham too posh these days to be associated with a site that costs only £60?” asked Monopoly promoter Graham Barnes. FROM THE CHRONICLE LIVE OR... The need for more `upmarket' squares was also evident in the lack of nominees for squares at the lower end of the market. "We had real difficulty trying to find people to nominate places for Old Kent Road - so we've cancelled it," said the spokesman. FROM THE WORCESTER NEWS DavidMclean
  • Score: 3

3:36pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Gareth says...

A few hours earlier and you would have had the monopoly (ouch) on the swindon story dave...
A few hours earlier and you would have had the monopoly (ouch) on the swindon story dave... Gareth
  • Score: 3

6:47pm Tue 18 Mar 14

mikencf says...

just put duffryn on there and have done with it
just put duffryn on there and have done with it mikencf
  • Score: 7

7:17pm Tue 18 Mar 14

b3talover says...

Alexandra Road
Alexandra Road b3talover
  • Score: 5

11:48am Sun 23 Mar 14

DraigDun says...

DavidMclean wrote:
What the heck! If it works, use it as often as you can...

'IS SWINDON too posh for an Old Kent Road equivalent on the new Monopoly board for Wiltshire’s largest town?

'That’s what baffled games makers are asking after revealing a dearth of votes for Monopoly’s cheapest site on the board – just 60 Monopoly notes.'
FROM THE SWINDON ADVERTISER

OR...

'The developers of the first Lincoln Monopoly have been left debating one key issue. as votes poured in for landmarks to appear on the board.

'While many suggestions have been made for the more popular squares on the board, there have been few for the Old Kent Road square.
FROM THE LINCOLNSHIRE ECHO

OR...

MAKERS of a new Monopoly game for County Durham can’t find a taker for the site occupied for more than 70 years by Old Kent Road.

“Is County Durham too posh these days to be associated with a site that costs only £60?” asked Monopoly promoter Graham Barnes.
FROM THE CHRONICLE LIVE

OR...

The need for more `upmarket' squares was also evident in the lack of nominees for squares at the lower end of the market.

"We had real difficulty trying to find people to nominate places for Old Kent Road - so we've cancelled it," said the spokesman.
FROM THE WORCESTER NEWS
Re: DavidMclean

OR....

'A new version of Monopoly is set to hit the shelves this winter...
But the makers of the popular game are struggling to find a taker for... Old Kent Road.'

'Mark Marriott, from the board game's makers Winning Moves, explained: "Is Northampton too posh to be associated with a site that costs only £60?
"We are having sleepless nights over this." '
(NORTHAMPTON HERALD & POST)

OR....

'Makers of the renowned game fear that Cardiff could simply be too upmarket to host a £60 site.

Mark Marriott, commercial director of the game’s creator Winning Moves, said... “We can’t find anyone who wants to be Old Kent Road,” '
“When we sound people out about it we don’t get our calls returned.
He asked the Echo: “Is Cardiff too posh these days to be associated with a site that costs only £60?" '
(WALES NEWS ONLINE)

'Unique' local editions are as formulaic and mass produced as Bovis homes.
[quote][p][bold]DavidMclean[/bold] wrote: What the heck! If it works, use it as often as you can... 'IS SWINDON too posh for an Old Kent Road equivalent on the new Monopoly board for Wiltshire’s largest town? 'That’s what baffled games makers are asking after revealing a dearth of votes for Monopoly’s cheapest site on the board – just 60 Monopoly notes.' FROM THE SWINDON ADVERTISER OR... 'The developers of the first Lincoln Monopoly have been left debating one key issue. as votes poured in for landmarks to appear on the board. 'While many suggestions have been made for the more popular squares on the board, there have been few for the Old Kent Road square. FROM THE LINCOLNSHIRE ECHO OR... MAKERS of a new Monopoly game for County Durham can’t find a taker for the site occupied for more than 70 years by Old Kent Road. “Is County Durham too posh these days to be associated with a site that costs only £60?” asked Monopoly promoter Graham Barnes. FROM THE CHRONICLE LIVE OR... The need for more `upmarket' squares was also evident in the lack of nominees for squares at the lower end of the market. "We had real difficulty trying to find people to nominate places for Old Kent Road - so we've cancelled it," said the spokesman. FROM THE WORCESTER NEWS[/p][/quote]Re: DavidMclean OR.... 'A new version of Monopoly is set to hit the shelves this winter... But the makers of the popular game are struggling to find a taker for... Old Kent Road.' 'Mark Marriott, from the board game's makers Winning Moves, explained: "Is Northampton too posh to be associated with a site that costs only £60? "We are having sleepless nights over this." ' (NORTHAMPTON HERALD & POST) OR.... 'Makers of the renowned game fear that Cardiff could simply be too upmarket to host a £60 site. Mark Marriott, commercial director of the game’s creator Winning Moves, said... “We can’t find anyone who wants to be Old Kent Road,” ' “When we sound people out about it we don’t get our calls returned. He asked the Echo: “Is Cardiff too posh these days to be associated with a site that costs only £60?" ' (WALES NEWS ONLINE) 'Unique' local editions are as formulaic and mass produced as Bovis homes. DraigDun
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