City region name should include Cardiff, says board

South Wales Argus: City region name should include Cardiff, says board City region name should include Cardiff, says board

THE city region for South Wales East should include Cardiff in its name.

That’s according to the South East Wales City Region board, with its chairman Roger Lewis saying Cardiff Capital Region would be more easily recognisable to people around the world.

But scepticism has been expressed in Newport with some concerned it could draw the focus to the capital away from the rest of the region.

One board member – Newport Labour council leader Bob Bright – said the name wasn’t set in stone despite being agreed by the board.

It is hoped that the Welsh Government backed initiative will boost economic co-operation over a region that stretches across South East Wales – helping it compete with other city regions across Europe.

Mr Lewis said the city region’s board chose Cardiff “because it clearly identifies the part of Wales in which it is located and is recognisable to an international audience”.

He said: “Capital differentiates us from other city regions that do not have the advantage of including a capital city, and region emphasises wider regional participation and inclusivity of surrounding urban and rural areas.”

But Bob Bright, a member of the city region board and Newport council leader, said the “suggested name is not set in stone".

“We will wait to see what the public make of it. However, it was felt using Cardiff as the marker in the name would give the region visibility and identity as well as give an indication of its size,” he added.

Conservative councillor Matthew Evans, former Newport council leader and leader of the opposition, said that although he understood the regional concept, he wasn’t particularly impressed with the name.

He said: “Newport has got its own unique identity. We should be fiercely proud to talk about the city. A subdivision of Cardiff is not my preferred choice.”

Labour city councillor Paul Hannon, who is chairman of the authority’s planning committee, he feared the word Cardiff would emphasise the capital as the region’s focus.

“The whole point of having a region is that the sum of the parts is greater than the whole,” he said.

Chris Evans, Newport councillor for Rogerstone, said the name“does indicate Newport could, if we’re not careful, get swallowed up by Cardiff”.

Robin Hall, managing director of Newport independent financial advisors Kymin, said it was a positive move and would make the region more identifiable.

But he warned: “Will this benefit the rest of the South East Wales region or is it all just going to be swallowed up by Cardiff?

Meanwhile Hadyn Thomas, director of city chartered surveyors Hutchings & Thomas, said only time will tell if the theory behind the name change is successful.

He said “To those outside the capital , this renaming may lead you to believe that the spotlight will again be narrowed to focus only on the City of Cardiff itself.”

The board, chaired by WRU chief executive Roger Lewis and established by the Welsh Government in November, includes Gwent council leaders Bob Bright, Bob Wellington, from Torfaen, and Peter Fox, from Monmouthshire.

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5:20pm Fri 28 Mar 14

mep says...

I would oppose anything that Woger Lewis proposes.
I would oppose anything that Woger Lewis proposes. mep
  • Score: 13

5:26pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Magor says...

Newport has got such a bad reputation it must be a reason why there is no investment from outsiders.Some of the firms based in Celtic Springs and Tredegar Park are quoted as being in or near Cardiff.
Newport has got such a bad reputation it must be a reason why there is no investment from outsiders.Some of the firms based in Celtic Springs and Tredegar Park are quoted as being in or near Cardiff. Magor
  • Score: -1

5:50pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Johnofnewport says...

in America Dallas Fort Worth is a recognized economic area why not acknowledge the city status of both areas with something like Cardiff Newport Enterprise Area?
in America Dallas Fort Worth is a recognized economic area why not acknowledge the city status of both areas with something like Cardiff Newport Enterprise Area? Johnofnewport
  • Score: 11

8:52pm Fri 28 Mar 14

robinsonsuperduper says...

I like the idea, if Newport was just an area of Cardiff, Newport might be perceived to have a higher status than it has now. Who wants to live in Newport
I like the idea, if Newport was just an area of Cardiff, Newport might be perceived to have a higher status than it has now. Who wants to live in Newport robinsonsuperduper
  • Score: -16

9:42pm Fri 28 Mar 14

keithbob says...

cardiff gwent dragons,now theres a novelty!.lol
cardiff gwent dragons,now theres a novelty!.lol keithbob
  • Score: -7

8:09am Sat 29 Mar 14

Amber in the blood says...

What are you saying people ? Newport has a great history ! Every town/city goes through regeneration,take a look at Cardiff a few years ago. Newport is the gate way to Wales we need to build on that so every road doesn't lead to Cardiff.Roger Lewis is all about Cardiff so don't get sucked into his nonsense.
What are you saying people ? Newport has a great history ! Every town/city goes through regeneration,take a look at Cardiff a few years ago. Newport is the gate way to Wales we need to build on that so every road doesn't lead to Cardiff.Roger Lewis is all about Cardiff so don't get sucked into his nonsense. Amber in the blood
  • Score: 11

9:21am Sat 29 Mar 14

Walter Devereux says...

Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis-St Paul, Miami-Dade... The list goes on. I have no problem with including Carduff if it also includes Newport. This is not a difficult concept: Cardiff-Newport Capital region. Done.
Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis-St Paul, Miami-Dade... The list goes on. I have no problem with including Carduff if it also includes Newport. This is not a difficult concept: Cardiff-Newport Capital region. Done. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 4

10:13am Sat 29 Mar 14

billy boy 2 says...

how about The New Port Of Greater Cardiff
how about The New Port Of Greater Cardiff billy boy 2
  • Score: -8

12:56pm Sat 29 Mar 14

C Moore says...

YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES - anyone who is even considering this pernicious, backward and cowardly idea. WE'RE NEWPORT. WHERE LLISEWERY IS SPELT WITH 2 L's, WHERE THE LAST MAINLAND UPRISING TOOK PLACE, HOME OF THE DRAGONS, HOME OF ALL THE GOOD BANDS, WHERE WALES' ATTITUDE AND SWAGGER COMES FROM, WHERE THINGS COST A PEWND NOT A PAOOUND. Stop being so stupid and easily fooled. Its a sad sight - quaking with fear and delight at the sight of someone elses' money. Get a grip. Know where you're from. If you don't have that, you have nothing. NEWPORT.
YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES - anyone who is even considering this pernicious, backward and cowardly idea. WE'RE NEWPORT. WHERE LLISEWERY IS SPELT WITH 2 L's, WHERE THE LAST MAINLAND UPRISING TOOK PLACE, HOME OF THE DRAGONS, HOME OF ALL THE GOOD BANDS, WHERE WALES' ATTITUDE AND SWAGGER COMES FROM, WHERE THINGS COST A PEWND NOT A PAOOUND. Stop being so stupid and easily fooled. Its a sad sight - quaking with fear and delight at the sight of someone elses' money. Get a grip. Know where you're from. If you don't have that, you have nothing. NEWPORT. C Moore
  • Score: -4

3:06pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Johnofnewport says...

We are Newport and I am not ashamed of myself. I agree Newport has a proud history but history has taught us that perceptions are everything. How much of Newport was mentioned during the Ryder Cup. Cruise Ships in Newport docks and visits to Cardiff. How much will Newport be mentioned in national media when the NATO conference comes to Newport near Cardiff.
lets be pragmatic and work towards collaboration with our neighbors.
We are Newport and I am not ashamed of myself. I agree Newport has a proud history but history has taught us that perceptions are everything. How much of Newport was mentioned during the Ryder Cup. Cruise Ships in Newport docks and visits to Cardiff. How much will Newport be mentioned in national media when the NATO conference comes to Newport near Cardiff. lets be pragmatic and work towards collaboration with our neighbors. Johnofnewport
  • Score: 0

2:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Posts concerning anything positive like regeneration is shot down because the Newport massive want to keep the 'port as it is.
Posts concerning anything positive like regeneration is shot down because the Newport massive want to keep the 'port as it is. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 1

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