No funding to promote Newport at Nato summit - Bob Bright

South Wales Argus: 'NO GOVERNMENT FUNDING': Newport council leader Bob Bright 'NO GOVERNMENT FUNDING': Newport council leader Bob Bright

WITH the massive Nato summit less than three months away Newport’s top councillor says officials in Cardiff aren’t planning to give his council any extra cash to promote the city around the event.

Despite much talk of the opportunities for Newport during the showcase, Newport council leader Bob Bright says the Welsh Government is not expecting to give local authorities extra cash for marketing and promotion around the summit.

But officials in the devolved authority say they are yet to make a decision.

The 28-member military bloc is heading to the Celtic Manor Resort for September 4-5. More than 60 heads of state and government from around the world are expected to attend.

Cllr Bright, in a written reply to a question from Tory group leader Cllr David Fouweather, said he’d asked chief executive Will Godfrey to establish whether the Welsh Government would be making funds available to councils “to support local and regional activities that can maximise marketing and promotional opportunities related to this event.”

He said: “Unfortunately, the chief executive has recently been advised that no funding is planned to be passed to local authorities by the Welsh Government.”

However Cllr Bright reiterated the council’s commitment to “maximising the opportunities” hosting the Nato summit in Newport may offer.

“Officers have been tasked with researching the economic benefits/promotional opportunities of other Nato summits held in major cities elsewhere and with producing an associated PR and marketing strategy that will guide the authority’s promotional activities between now and the summit in September,” he added.

Although the UK Government is organising the summit on behalf of Nato, the Welsh Government has been asked by the prime minister David Cameron to use the event to promote Wales.

A Welsh Government spokesman said it is working with UK Government, and Newport and Cardiff councils, to promote Wales to delegates and journalists attending the summit.

He said: “Welsh Government activities around the summit will be funded from our own existing budgets and reserves. We have not yet taken a decision on whether we will be able to provide any additional funding to local authorities for promotional or marketing activities they may want to undertake, but in everything we plan to do, we aim to ensure that the summit attendees will get a real flavour of Wales and of course, of Newport as the host city.”

The Argus reported last week that Cllr Ray Truman, deputy leader of the Newport Labour group, had said the councillor group thought no council resources should be spent on activities in connection with the event.

Newport council later distanced itself from the comments, stating that Cllr Truman was speaking for the group and not the authority.

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10:14am Mon 9 Jun 14

Mervyn James says...

Marketing NATO ? blimmin 'eck ! Given the Ryder Cup fiasco I would suggest not a good idea. None of those attending are coming to Newport City Centre if they can help it, and like the Ryder Cup will simply fly in and fly out, or commute to Cardiff again. Unless NATO is into building sites, I would think a Newport tour is out of the question. The refusal before to fund events was because the only people that asked for that were opponents of the NATO meeting. And they will still be the majority coming to Newport, those who want to campaign against.
Marketing NATO ? blimmin 'eck ! Given the Ryder Cup fiasco I would suggest not a good idea. None of those attending are coming to Newport City Centre if they can help it, and like the Ryder Cup will simply fly in and fly out, or commute to Cardiff again. Unless NATO is into building sites, I would think a Newport tour is out of the question. The refusal before to fund events was because the only people that asked for that were opponents of the NATO meeting. And they will still be the majority coming to Newport, those who want to campaign against. Mervyn James
  • Score: -3

10:53am Mon 9 Jun 14

sword of truth says...

How about organizing a collection from the Newport Asian community, to fund the summit promotion? If enough residents of Eton Road, Corporation Road etc contribute, maybe they will be spared sudden, arbitrary slaughter from the sky by NATO (North American Torture Organization) drone, when they next host a family wedding or jirga
How about organizing a collection from the Newport Asian community, to fund the summit promotion? If enough residents of Eton Road, Corporation Road etc contribute, maybe they will be spared sudden, arbitrary slaughter from the sky by NATO (North American Torture Organization) drone, when they next host a family wedding or jirga sword of truth
  • Score: -18

11:21am Mon 9 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Is there anything that the clueless and servile threadbare Welsh Labour Party wouldn't sell whats left of its "socialist soul" for?

No there aint. Stop kicking the dead.
Is there anything that the clueless and servile threadbare Welsh Labour Party wouldn't sell whats left of its "socialist soul" for? No there aint. Stop kicking the dead. KarloMarko
  • Score: -2

12:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Does this mean that the hard-pressed low income workers of Newport will be paying via increased taxation for this very expensive jolly for a privileged minority of very wealthy people which will take place at the Celtic Manor, then? When you take into account the fact that the population of Newport didn't invite them in the first place is it really any wonder why ordinary people feel completely disengaged from the mainstream politicians who area actually supposed to be our servants?
Does this mean that the hard-pressed low income workers of Newport will be paying via increased taxation for this very expensive jolly for a privileged minority of very wealthy people which will take place at the Celtic Manor, then? When you take into account the fact that the population of Newport didn't invite them in the first place is it really any wonder why ordinary people feel completely disengaged from the mainstream politicians who area actually supposed to be our servants? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 1

1:16pm Mon 9 Jun 14

paddyparry says...

Does anyone actually read these articles before commenting? The issue is about promoting Wales for tourism, not funding the summit itself. No one is saying that the council are going to tax the people of Newport to do this. Only that the WAG don't seem to be able to organise themselves properly and can't provide a clear, consistent message about what they are, or are not, doing to promote the area.
Does anyone actually read these articles before commenting? The issue is about promoting Wales for tourism, not funding the summit itself. No one is saying that the council are going to tax the people of Newport to do this. Only that the WAG don't seem to be able to organise themselves properly and can't provide a clear, consistent message about what they are, or are not, doing to promote the area. paddyparry
  • Score: 6

1:26pm Mon 9 Jun 14

p stani says...

Lets be honest what is there to promote,the place is a dirty old town,
Lets promote the potholed roads,dirty weed ridden streets and the pile of rubble where the shops are going to be,wow Newport the name on the lips of a million tourists,get real,I have lived here for all my life, and it has got worse as the years go by,but seriously what on earth is there to promote.
Lets be honest what is there to promote,the place is a dirty old town, Lets promote the potholed roads,dirty weed ridden streets and the pile of rubble where the shops are going to be,wow Newport the name on the lips of a million tourists,get real,I have lived here for all my life, and it has got worse as the years go by,but seriously what on earth is there to promote. p stani
  • Score: 6

6:19pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

paddyparry wrote:
Does anyone actually read these articles before commenting? The issue is about promoting Wales for tourism, not funding the summit itself. No one is saying that the council are going to tax the people of Newport to do this. Only that the WAG don't seem to be able to organise themselves properly and can't provide a clear, consistent message about what they are, or are not, doing to promote the area.
Hmmm...Well, getting back into the real world for one moment, let's just hope the NATO summit doesn't end up promoting Wales for terrorism - as with all those world leaders here Newport and the population of this city are also going to be a Number One target for every nutcase on the planet including the likes of Al Qaeda.
[quote][p][bold]paddyparry[/bold] wrote: Does anyone actually read these articles before commenting? The issue is about promoting Wales for tourism, not funding the summit itself. No one is saying that the council are going to tax the people of Newport to do this. Only that the WAG don't seem to be able to organise themselves properly and can't provide a clear, consistent message about what they are, or are not, doing to promote the area.[/p][/quote]Hmmm...Well, getting back into the real world for one moment, let's just hope the NATO summit doesn't end up promoting Wales for terrorism - as with all those world leaders here Newport and the population of this city are also going to be a Number One target for every nutcase on the planet including the likes of Al Qaeda. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -1

7:35pm Mon 9 Jun 14

paddyparry says...

Katie, Newport welcomes everyone, especially nutcases, as they're the only ones who visit by choice. Sensible people keep going.
Katie, Newport welcomes everyone, especially nutcases, as they're the only ones who visit by choice. Sensible people keep going. paddyparry
  • Score: 2

12:46pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Woodgnome says...

Bob's comb-over appears to be sweeping to the Right. Some mistake shurely?
Bob's comb-over appears to be sweeping to the Right. Some mistake shurely? Woodgnome
  • Score: 1

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