Ringland flats to be torn down

SET FOR DEMOLITION: The maisonettes on Ringland Circle

SET FOR DEMOLITION: The maisonettes on Ringland Circle

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TWO blocks of flats in Ringland are set to be demolished by a Newport housing association in a bid to improve the area.

The maisonettes, at 129-144 Ringland Circle and 57-86 Cot Farm Circle, were transferred to Newport City Homes from Newport City Council five years ago.

The association has carried out an extensive stock condition survey on the homes it inherited and made the decision to demolish the two blocks in Ringland as they are no longer fit for purpose.

The 32 maisonettes are home to 24 residents who have already been given rehousing options.

Peter Cahill, chief executive at Newport City Homes, said: “Already, feedback from residents and community representatives indicates strong support for the actions the association intends to take which will result in an improvement to the environment and related facilities around the Ringland Centre.”

Ringland councillor Emma Corten said: “I’m very pleased to hear that Newport City Homes are taking such positive action regarding the maisonette blocks in Ringland, as are the residents.

No date has been set for demolition as the association’s first priority is to rehome their existing tenants with properties that match their requirements.

Council leader Bob Bright said: “I think it would be an improvement but we will need to find extra accommodation for them.”

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10:58am Fri 13 Jun 14

Thor at the door says...

Let's hope most of the horrible, tracksuit wearing, scrounging thugs that live in Ringland are in the flats at the time! This would make it a nicer area for the good people of Ringland to live in!
Let's hope most of the horrible, tracksuit wearing, scrounging thugs that live in Ringland are in the flats at the time! This would make it a nicer area for the good people of Ringland to live in! Thor at the door
  • Score: 13

12:22pm Fri 13 Jun 14

chelsea1970 says...

It's about time . What an eye saw they are let's have another mini housing estate ? Like the one they put in up in alway and start veting the people who are going to move in their ? It's not the houses that go up its the people who move in their . Let's start getting rid of the riff raff who are bringing down our estates ?
It's about time . What an eye saw they are let's have another mini housing estate ? Like the one they put in up in alway and start veting the people who are going to move in their ? It's not the houses that go up its the people who move in their . Let's start getting rid of the riff raff who are bringing down our estates ? chelsea1970
  • Score: 16

1:03pm Fri 13 Jun 14

sooty001 says...

129-144 Ringland Centre, get it right please.
129-144 Ringland Centre, get it right please. sooty001
  • Score: 5

2:53pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Votefornoneoftheabove says...

Great news for Ringland residents provided that there is not an agenda to all of this.
There are still plans in the offing to provide the whole eastern part of Newport a super surgery.
A new surgery for Ringland would also be welcomed, as the present one is past it's sell by date, but a surgery for all residents on Newport East would increase traffic to already over burdened roads on the estate.
I just hope that the pulling down of these maisonettes is not part of a bigger plan to create a car park for the people to visit the proposed new super surgery.
This is good news overall and will be welcomed by most provided of course the residents of the said maisonettes are found suitable accommodation.
As long as Brighty and the other Labour councillors get the travellers sites removed from Ringland it could be the start of something positive.
Great news for Ringland residents provided that there is not an agenda to all of this. There are still plans in the offing to provide the whole eastern part of Newport a super surgery. A new surgery for Ringland would also be welcomed, as the present one is past it's sell by date, but a surgery for all residents on Newport East would increase traffic to already over burdened roads on the estate. I just hope that the pulling down of these maisonettes is not part of a bigger plan to create a car park for the people to visit the proposed new super surgery. This is good news overall and will be welcomed by most provided of course the residents of the said maisonettes are found suitable accommodation. As long as Brighty and the other Labour councillors get the travellers sites removed from Ringland it could be the start of something positive. Votefornoneoftheabove
  • Score: 20

4:14pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Looks about 25-30 years old. What great value is public welfare housing! Why do we bother?
Looks about 25-30 years old. What great value is public welfare housing! Why do we bother? Dai Rear
  • Score: -9

6:18pm Fri 13 Jun 14

displayed says...

People applying for accommodation in Ringland should be vetted............
People applying for accommodation in Ringland should be vetted............ displayed
  • Score: -1

10:02pm Fri 13 Jun 14

utherpd says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Looks about 25-30 years old. What great value is public welfare housing! Why do we bother?
These properties were built in the 50/60s .
They were built to house the workers at llanwern steel works, but now like a lot of the estate are suffering with effects of 'New' building techniques created post war ro fill the void of housing. They are falling down and need pulling down before they fall.so yay to the buildings and new surgery the current one is beyond its sell by date!!!
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Looks about 25-30 years old. What great value is public welfare housing! Why do we bother?[/p][/quote]These properties were built in the 50/60s . They were built to house the workers at llanwern steel works, but now like a lot of the estate are suffering with effects of 'New' building techniques created post war ro fill the void of housing. They are falling down and need pulling down before they fall.so yay to the buildings and new surgery the current one is beyond its sell by date!!! utherpd
  • Score: 8

11:02pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Independentvoter says...

chelsea1970 wrote:
It's about time . What an eye saw they are let's have another mini housing estate ? Like the one they put in up in alway and start veting the people who are going to move in their ? It's not the houses that go up its the people who move in their . Let's start getting rid of the riff raff who are bringing down our estates ?
"Eye sore" - "there" - riff raff lol
[quote][p][bold]chelsea1970[/bold] wrote: It's about time . What an eye saw they are let's have another mini housing estate ? Like the one they put in up in alway and start veting the people who are going to move in their ? It's not the houses that go up its the people who move in their . Let's start getting rid of the riff raff who are bringing down our estates ?[/p][/quote]"Eye sore" - "there" - riff raff lol Independentvoter
  • Score: 7

11:08pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Independentvoter says...

Thor at the door wrote:
Let's hope most of the horrible, tracksuit wearing, scrounging thugs that live in Ringland are in the flats at the time! This would make it a nicer area for the good people of Ringland to live in!
What a disgusting comment to make ! Are you suggesting that people in Ringland should die because they are on benefits and cannot afford clothing ? What an absolutely disgusting comment to make !
[quote][p][bold]Thor at the door[/bold] wrote: Let's hope most of the horrible, tracksuit wearing, scrounging thugs that live in Ringland are in the flats at the time! This would make it a nicer area for the good people of Ringland to live in![/p][/quote]What a disgusting comment to make ! Are you suggesting that people in Ringland should die because they are on benefits and cannot afford clothing ? What an absolutely disgusting comment to make ! Independentvoter
  • Score: -1

5:47am Sat 14 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

utherpd wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Looks about 25-30 years old. What great value is public welfare housing! Why do we bother?
These properties were built in the 50/60s .
They were built to house the workers at llanwern steel works, but now like a lot of the estate are suffering with effects of 'New' building techniques created post war ro fill the void of housing. They are falling down and need pulling down before they fall.so yay to the buildings and new surgery the current one is beyond its sell by date!!!
If they'd remained in the hands of working people would we now have to spend millions to replace? My house is that age, doesn't need replacing at public expense. Has always been occupied by workers.
As you say, public welfare just creates more public welfare and your surgery will no more be a solution than these flats were.
[quote][p][bold]utherpd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Looks about 25-30 years old. What great value is public welfare housing! Why do we bother?[/p][/quote]These properties were built in the 50/60s . They were built to house the workers at llanwern steel works, but now like a lot of the estate are suffering with effects of 'New' building techniques created post war ro fill the void of housing. They are falling down and need pulling down before they fall.so yay to the buildings and new surgery the current one is beyond its sell by date!!![/p][/quote]If they'd remained in the hands of working people would we now have to spend millions to replace? My house is that age, doesn't need replacing at public expense. Has always been occupied by workers. As you say, public welfare just creates more public welfare and your surgery will no more be a solution than these flats were. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

8:10am Sat 14 Jun 14

DDDog1 says...

Independentvoter wrote:
Thor at the door wrote:
Let's hope most of the horrible, tracksuit wearing, scrounging thugs that live in Ringland are in the flats at the time! This would make it a nicer area for the good people of Ringland to live in!
What a disgusting comment to make ! Are you suggesting that people in Ringland should die because they are on benefits and cannot afford clothing ? What an absolutely disgusting comment to make !
Some decent people in this block if you want the druggie scummers then it's the next block along.i would gladly press the button on that.
[quote][p][bold]Independentvoter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thor at the door[/bold] wrote: Let's hope most of the horrible, tracksuit wearing, scrounging thugs that live in Ringland are in the flats at the time! This would make it a nicer area for the good people of Ringland to live in![/p][/quote]What a disgusting comment to make ! Are you suggesting that people in Ringland should die because they are on benefits and cannot afford clothing ? What an absolutely disgusting comment to make ![/p][/quote]Some decent people in this block if you want the druggie scummers then it's the next block along.i would gladly press the button on that. DDDog1
  • Score: 2

11:52am Sat 14 Jun 14

newporteast says...

More traffic in Ringland I can’t park my car as it is the whole of Hendre farm drive is already one way traffic it would be daft to create more traffic.
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A youth club could replace the flats this will give Ringland’s youth a place to go outside School time.
More traffic in Ringland I can’t park my car as it is the whole of Hendre farm drive is already one way traffic it would be daft to create more traffic. . A youth club could replace the flats this will give Ringland’s youth a place to go outside School time. newporteast
  • Score: 2

12:05pm Sat 14 Jun 14

newporteast says...

Why did Newport city homes replace all the doors and windows in these flats? What a waste.
Why don’t newport city homes employ local people who have an understanding of the area, who can look long term. This will save money and improve customer relations. Newport city homes need to improve their image on housing estate's like Ringland.
Why did Newport city homes replace all the doors and windows in these flats? What a waste. Why don’t newport city homes employ local people who have an understanding of the area, who can look long term. This will save money and improve customer relations. Newport city homes need to improve their image on housing estate's like Ringland. newporteast
  • Score: 6

12:59pm Sat 14 Jun 14

utherpd says...

newporteast wrote:
More traffic in Ringland I can’t park my car as it is the whole of Hendre farm drive is already one way traffic it would be daft to create more traffic.
.
A youth club could replace the flats this will give Ringland’s youth a place to go outside School time.
Hendre farm drive is two way traffic, as I was told by the police the estate was not built for the number of cars owned by the people living in/visiting Ringland (I complained about people parking on the pavements).
There is already youth clubs, one on a Thursday or Friday night at the community centre, spencer boys football team, and you only need to pop into the community associations office to get info on up coming east cluster events.
[quote][p][bold]newporteast[/bold] wrote: More traffic in Ringland I can’t park my car as it is the whole of Hendre farm drive is already one way traffic it would be daft to create more traffic. . A youth club could replace the flats this will give Ringland’s youth a place to go outside School time.[/p][/quote]Hendre farm drive is two way traffic, as I was told by the police the estate was not built for the number of cars owned by the people living in/visiting Ringland (I complained about people parking on the pavements). There is already youth clubs, one on a Thursday or Friday night at the community centre, spencer boys football team, and you only need to pop into the community associations office to get info on up coming east cluster events. utherpd
  • Score: 2

1:13pm Sat 14 Jun 14

MikeO4O8 says...

i dont live in ringland and dont know what its like around there.

but i am glad they are helping them get new accommodation ''to their requirements''

but moving property is a stressful thing and can cost allot of money,

i would like to know if they are going to be offering any extra help to ease the stress of moving by supplying removal truck for they if they require it?? or if its just down the road offer extra hands to help move things??

i can understand them not offering to help with packing their goods in to boxes but they could at least offer help to move the boxes NO MATTER WHO THEY MIGHT BE (GOOD/BAD/YOUNG/CRIM
INAL OR ELDERLY) they should still be offered the same help.
i dont live in ringland and dont know what its like around there. but i am glad they are helping them get new accommodation ''to their requirements'' but moving property is a stressful thing and can cost allot of money, i would like to know if they are going to be offering any extra help to ease the stress of moving by supplying removal truck for they if they require it?? or if its just down the road offer extra hands to help move things?? i can understand them not offering to help with packing their goods in to boxes but they could at least offer help to move the boxes NO MATTER WHO THEY MIGHT BE (GOOD/BAD/YOUNG/CRIM INAL OR ELDERLY) they should still be offered the same help. MikeO4O8
  • Score: 1

6:29pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Leepod says...

Thor at the door wrote:
Let's hope most of the horrible, tracksuit wearing, scrounging thugs that live in Ringland are in the flats at the time! This would make it a nicer area for the good people of Ringland to live in!
I'm from Ringland and I totally agree with you. I'm looking forward to when they start doing drug tests on benefit claimants, if they found to be positive, benefits will be stopped! LOL LOL LOL
[quote][p][bold]Thor at the door[/bold] wrote: Let's hope most of the horrible, tracksuit wearing, scrounging thugs that live in Ringland are in the flats at the time! This would make it a nicer area for the good people of Ringland to live in![/p][/quote]I'm from Ringland and I totally agree with you. I'm looking forward to when they start doing drug tests on benefit claimants, if they found to be positive, benefits will be stopped! LOL LOL LOL Leepod
  • Score: 8

9:38am Sun 15 Jun 14

butlerselectrical@gmail.com says...

I rewired one of these a few years ago, and they are solid as a rock! All concrete and hard brick, they'd probably survive a nuclear blast. OK so they don't look great from the outside, but they can be nice little maisonettes on the inside, and they're hardly falling down..... just don't really see the point in tearing them down. A lick of paint and, more importantly, a copper to patrol two or three times a day, and Bob's your auntie's live-in lover.
I rewired one of these a few years ago, and they are solid as a rock! All concrete and hard brick, they'd probably survive a nuclear blast. OK so they don't look great from the outside, but they can be nice little maisonettes on the inside, and they're hardly falling down..... just don't really see the point in tearing them down. A lick of paint and, more importantly, a copper to patrol two or three times a day, and Bob's your auntie's live-in lover. butlerselectrical@gmail.com
  • Score: 5

4:21pm Sun 15 Jun 14

bucks says...

As has been pointed out earlier, Ringland was built to help house the influx of steelworkers that arrived for Llanwern. I was born and lived there for ten years, I made great friendships with people who I still see nearly fifty years on. Most families were decent, working people that chose to rent a brand new house from the council – people forget that back then a lot of the rented housing stock had no bathrooms or inside toilets, so these houses were very much in demand. People were a lot more neighbourly than they are now.
It’s a mistake to assume that council housing is for those in need of social assistance, it was available for anyone and didn’t have any stigma attached to it, but it seems that Ringland does have more than its fair share of problems. I’d be gutted if I had bought a house on the estate and then had a succession of basket-cases move in next door.
As has been pointed out earlier, Ringland was built to help house the influx of steelworkers that arrived for Llanwern. I was born and lived there for ten years, I made great friendships with people who I still see nearly fifty years on. Most families were decent, working people that chose to rent a brand new house from the council – people forget that back then a lot of the rented housing stock had no bathrooms or inside toilets, so these houses were very much in demand. People were a lot more neighbourly than they are now. It’s a mistake to assume that council housing is for those in need of social assistance, it was available for anyone and didn’t have any stigma attached to it, but it seems that Ringland does have more than its fair share of problems. I’d be gutted if I had bought a house on the estate and then had a succession of basket-cases move in next door. bucks
  • Score: 2

1:34am Mon 16 Jun 14

Martyn Butler says...

All good and well removing flats that are too expensive to bring up to specification but what about this generation, as it ages the demand for one bedroom flats will soar - they are already in very short supply - If older blocks have to go we MUST replace them with new accommodation for the vast numbers desperate for a home or needing to downgrade due to BEDROOM TAX
What we don't need is what's happened in Bettws - Flats being torn down and nothing left years later but a hole in the ground.
All good and well removing flats that are too expensive to bring up to specification but what about this generation, as it ages the demand for one bedroom flats will soar - they are already in very short supply - If older blocks have to go we MUST replace them with new accommodation for the vast numbers desperate for a home or needing to downgrade due to BEDROOM TAX What we don't need is what's happened in Bettws - Flats being torn down and nothing left years later but a hole in the ground. Martyn Butler
  • Score: 3

10:17am Mon 16 Jun 14

newporteast says...

utherpd says...
newporteast wrote:
More traffic in Ringland I can’t park my car as it is the whole of Hendre farm drive is already one way traffic it would be daft to create more traffic.
.
A youth club could replace the flats this will give Ringland’s youth a place to go outside School time.
Hendre farm drive is two way traffic, as I was told by the police the estate was not built for the number of cars owned by the people living in/visiting Ringland (I complained about people parking on the pavements).
There is already youth clubs, one on a Thursday or Friday night at the community centre, spencer boys football team, and you only need to pop into the community associations office to get info on up coming east cluster events

Yes Hendre farm drive is two way but there is only ROOM FOR ONE WAY TRAFFIC
Youth club twice a week is not enough for a housing estate the size of Ringland. Spencer boys use a shop no one else wanted as a base. Not the community centre. If you ask the Spencer boys they would want a new club to replace the one that got burnt down
What makes me laugh Labour councillors commented that this will improve the Ringland estate, haven’t they forgotten that they have just voted in the biggest traveller site in EUROPE to come to Ringland.
utherpd says... newporteast wrote: More traffic in Ringland I can’t park my car as it is the whole of Hendre farm drive is already one way traffic it would be daft to create more traffic. . A youth club could replace the flats this will give Ringland’s youth a place to go outside School time. Hendre farm drive is two way traffic, as I was told by the police the estate was not built for the number of cars owned by the people living in/visiting Ringland (I complained about people parking on the pavements). There is already youth clubs, one on a Thursday or Friday night at the community centre, spencer boys football team, and you only need to pop into the community associations office to get info on up coming east cluster events Yes Hendre farm drive is two way but there is only ROOM FOR ONE WAY TRAFFIC Youth club twice a week is not enough for a housing estate the size of Ringland. Spencer boys use a shop no one else wanted as a base. Not the community centre. If you ask the Spencer boys they would want a new club to replace the one that got burnt down What makes me laugh Labour councillors commented that this will improve the Ringland estate, haven’t they forgotten that they have just voted in the biggest traveller site in EUROPE to come to Ringland. newporteast
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Jo_Williams says...

MikeO4O8 wrote:
i dont live in ringland and dont know what its like around there. but i am glad they are helping them get new accommodation ''to their requirements'' but moving property is a stressful thing and can cost allot of money, i would like to know if they are going to be offering any extra help to ease the stress of moving by supplying removal truck for they if they require it?? or if its just down the road offer extra hands to help move things?? i can understand them not offering to help with packing their goods in to boxes but they could at least offer help to move the boxes NO MATTER WHO THEY MIGHT BE (GOOD/BAD/YOUNG/CRIM INAL OR ELDERLY) they should still be offered the same help.
Yeh it must be so stressful.......livi
ng on benefits, having your house paid for, having to drag yourself out of bed in the middle of the day to watch Loose Women. Where on earth will they get the time and energy to pack up all their things?!? Get real.
[quote][p][bold]MikeO4O8[/bold] wrote: i dont live in ringland and dont know what its like around there. but i am glad they are helping them get new accommodation ''to their requirements'' but moving property is a stressful thing and can cost allot of money, i would like to know if they are going to be offering any extra help to ease the stress of moving by supplying removal truck for they if they require it?? or if its just down the road offer extra hands to help move things?? i can understand them not offering to help with packing their goods in to boxes but they could at least offer help to move the boxes NO MATTER WHO THEY MIGHT BE (GOOD/BAD/YOUNG/CRIM INAL OR ELDERLY) they should still be offered the same help.[/p][/quote]Yeh it must be so stressful.......livi ng on benefits, having your house paid for, having to drag yourself out of bed in the middle of the day to watch Loose Women. Where on earth will they get the time and energy to pack up all their things?!? Get real. Jo_Williams
  • Score: 4

12:18am Tue 17 Jun 14

dont claim to be nice says...

chelsea1970 wrote:
It's about time . What an eye saw they are let's have another mini housing estate ? Like the one they put in up in alway and start veting the people who are going to move in their ? It's not the houses that go up its the people who move in their . Let's start getting rid of the riff raff who are bringing down our estates ?
Newport city homes vet people, that's a joke as they allow children at 16yrs old to be tenants !
[quote][p][bold]chelsea1970[/bold] wrote: It's about time . What an eye saw they are let's have another mini housing estate ? Like the one they put in up in alway and start veting the people who are going to move in their ? It's not the houses that go up its the people who move in their . Let's start getting rid of the riff raff who are bringing down our estates ?[/p][/quote]Newport city homes vet people, that's a joke as they allow children at 16yrs old to be tenants ! dont claim to be nice
  • Score: 0

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