ARGUS COMMENT: Look on the bright side of shops report

ANOTHER report by another natioanl organisation paints a gloomy image of the retail picture in Newport

But wherease in the past such reports may not have had anything positive to say, this is not the case.

And we believe it is part of a wider feeling across the city that things are looking up.

The report by Collier's International compares the cost per square foot of renting prime location space in towns and cities across the country. Newport has seen a massive drop, a performance which does not compare well with other places.

But, a spokesman for the company said what is encouraging is the way the problem is being tackled head on by the cioty council which took the unusual and bold step of backing the Friar's Walk development in a bid to halt and reverse this decline.

And we agree.

While the city has been through a really tough time , things are beginning to change and there is a new mood of optimism.

Major investment, currently worth around £250m is coming into Newport in a wide range of developments.

Buildings which have stood empty and unused are being brought back into life right in the heart of the city.

And anyone who has visited recently can't fail to have noticed the beginnings of the Friar's Walk development which will have a major impact.

We feel that it won't be long before such reports start talking about the real progress being made.

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11:17am Fri 27 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

"Look on the brightside" as we said on the Titantic...."that iceberg will really keep your drinks chilled".

The Argus, in denial to the last...
"Look on the brightside" as we said on the Titantic...."that iceberg will really keep your drinks chilled". The Argus, in denial to the last... KarloMarko
  • Score: -5

11:38am Fri 27 Jun 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

Well I'll buck the trend and say I'm delighted the council have provided the stimulus and really hope it brings trade and a new vibrancy to the city centre. We should all talk up the city, all the negativity just breeds more of the same.
Well I'll buck the trend and say I'm delighted the council have provided the stimulus and really hope it brings trade and a new vibrancy to the city centre. We should all talk up the city, all the negativity just breeds more of the same. lowandhardandinthecorner
  • Score: 11

11:58am Fri 27 Jun 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Karlo, negative to the last.
Try speaking to some of the local people who have set up the Newport Rises group, or those who are running the Shop Local scheme on July 4, or the team of city centre retailers (all small businesses) behind the Newport Business Improvement District, or the young people already benefiting from initiatives like the Digital Youth Club set up by Re:Newport.
They are all justifiably positive about the city's future.
There are many good things happening in Newport. We will continue to highlight them, while not shying away from the problems the city has suffered from for many years.
It's easy to be cynical and negative. But there are plenty of people in Newport getting together to improve the place.
Why not join them? You might enjoy it.
Karlo, negative to the last. Try speaking to some of the local people who have set up the Newport Rises group, or those who are running the Shop Local scheme on July 4, or the team of city centre retailers (all small businesses) behind the Newport Business Improvement District, or the young people already benefiting from initiatives like the Digital Youth Club set up by Re:Newport. They are all justifiably positive about the city's future. There are many good things happening in Newport. We will continue to highlight them, while not shying away from the problems the city has suffered from for many years. It's easy to be cynical and negative. But there are plenty of people in Newport getting together to improve the place. Why not join them? You might enjoy it. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 15

11:59am Fri 27 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

I think the proposed loss of up to 1000 civil service jobs and its muliplier effect on effective demand and dependent local jobs will wipe out Pollyanna. Those jobs and their families represent a real buying power that will not be replaced.
I think the proposed loss of up to 1000 civil service jobs and its muliplier effect on effective demand and dependent local jobs will wipe out Pollyanna. Those jobs and their families represent a real buying power that will not be replaced. KarloMarko
  • Score: -6

12:05pm Fri 27 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

External REALITY Kevin....not puffery. Newport is where it is because of where it is...economically and spatially. You owe your readers that much. Surely. Read Keynes sometime.
External REALITY Kevin....not puffery. Newport is where it is because of where it is...economically and spatially. You owe your readers that much. Surely. Read Keynes sometime. KarloMarko
  • Score: -11

12:16pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Everything in my above comment is reality Karlo - happening here and now in Newport and being done by local people who want to make a difference to the city in which they live and work.
To dismiss what they are doing as 'puffery' is insulting in the extreme.
Feel free to let the people of Newport know what YOU are doing to help.
Everything in my above comment is reality Karlo - happening here and now in Newport and being done by local people who want to make a difference to the city in which they live and work. To dismiss what they are doing as 'puffery' is insulting in the extreme. Feel free to let the people of Newport know what YOU are doing to help. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 12

12:42pm Fri 27 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Kevin, I was born and have lived and worked in and around Newport/S.Wales for some sixty years. Agreed with long periods working/living away but that only highlights its decline and collapse on return. This is not Newport's "fault", its not Newport's "fault" that its ecomomic and employment base has been ripped to shreads. A result of external political and economic drivers. NO amount of press wishful thinking and shopkeeper positivity is going to change THOSE factors now. Think of the Valleys "Regeneration"...Bil
lions of Euros thrown at them and with a GDP and employment now even worse. Reality Kevin, yes I know it doesn't sell papers but nor does contacting the lay lines in the long term.
Kevin, I was born and have lived and worked in and around Newport/S.Wales for some sixty years. Agreed with long periods working/living away but that only highlights its decline and collapse on return. This is not Newport's "fault", its not Newport's "fault" that its ecomomic and employment base has been ripped to shreads. A result of external political and economic drivers. NO amount of press wishful thinking and shopkeeper positivity is going to change THOSE factors now. Think of the Valleys "Regeneration"...Bil lions of Euros thrown at them and with a GDP and employment now even worse. Reality Kevin, yes I know it doesn't sell papers but nor does contacting the lay lines in the long term. KarloMarko
  • Score: -8

1:27pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I guess - at least - if there are riots during the NATO summit the advantage of having so many empty shops is that there won't be as much looting...
I guess - at least - if there are riots during the NATO summit the advantage of having so many empty shops is that there won't be as much looting... Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -3

4:20pm Fri 27 Jun 14

newport15 says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Kevin, I was born and have lived and worked in and around Newport/S.Wales for some sixty years. Agreed with long periods working/living away but that only highlights its decline and collapse on return. This is not Newport's "fault", its not Newport's "fault" that its ecomomic and employment base has been ripped to shreads. A result of external political and economic drivers. NO amount of press wishful thinking and shopkeeper positivity is going to change THOSE factors now. Think of the Valleys "Regeneration"...Bil

lions of Euros thrown at them and with a GDP and employment now even worse. Reality Kevin, yes I know it doesn't sell papers but nor does contacting the lay lines in the long term.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
zzz karlo if Newport is that bad(your opinion) why having worked and lived elsewhere come back, surely you would be happier elsewhere? Newport is going in the right direction at last so give it a break!
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Kevin, I was born and have lived and worked in and around Newport/S.Wales for some sixty years. Agreed with long periods working/living away but that only highlights its decline and collapse on return. This is not Newport's "fault", its not Newport's "fault" that its ecomomic and employment base has been ripped to shreads. A result of external political and economic drivers. NO amount of press wishful thinking and shopkeeper positivity is going to change THOSE factors now. Think of the Valleys "Regeneration"...Bil lions of Euros thrown at them and with a GDP and employment now even worse. Reality Kevin, yes I know it doesn't sell papers but nor does contacting the lay lines in the long term.[/p][/quote]zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzz karlo if Newport is that bad(your opinion) why having worked and lived elsewhere come back, surely you would be happier elsewhere? Newport is going in the right direction at last so give it a break! newport15
  • Score: 9

8:58pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Limestonecowboy says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Kevin, I was born and have lived and worked in and around Newport/S.Wales for some sixty years. Agreed with long periods working/living away but that only highlights its decline and collapse on return. This is not Newport's "fault", its not Newport's "fault" that its ecomomic and employment base has been ripped to shreads. A result of external political and economic drivers. NO amount of press wishful thinking and shopkeeper positivity is going to change THOSE factors now. Think of the Valleys "Regeneration"...Bil lions of Euros thrown at them and with a GDP and employment now even worse. Reality Kevin, yes I know it doesn't sell papers but nor does contacting the lay lines in the long term.
To be fair sixty years is a long time to be miserable why have you tolerated so long?
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Kevin, I was born and have lived and worked in and around Newport/S.Wales for some sixty years. Agreed with long periods working/living away but that only highlights its decline and collapse on return. This is not Newport's "fault", its not Newport's "fault" that its ecomomic and employment base has been ripped to shreads. A result of external political and economic drivers. NO amount of press wishful thinking and shopkeeper positivity is going to change THOSE factors now. Think of the Valleys "Regeneration"...Bil lions of Euros thrown at them and with a GDP and employment now even worse. Reality Kevin, yes I know it doesn't sell papers but nor does contacting the lay lines in the long term.[/p][/quote]To be fair sixty years is a long time to be miserable why have you tolerated so long? Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 3

12:15am Sun 29 Jun 14

landyman3030 says...

lowandhardandintheco
rner
wrote:
Well I'll buck the trend and say I'm delighted the council have provided the stimulus and really hope it brings trade and a new vibrancy to the city centre. We should all talk up the city, all the negativity just breeds more of the same.
Well said. Too long has Newport struggled. We've had a pretty crap last ten years with major industry disappearing and a severe recession. I see Newport role drastically changing in the next ten years. We are fast becoming a major commuter town to feed Bristol and Cardiff. Glan Llyn at Llanwern site is HUGE with construction planned for the next 15 years.thousands of people may live but not work in Newport. So they pay rates here and shop here. To get them in to town you have to have shops and restaurants and cinemas and leisure services that they want to use. Friars Walk is a big part of that. We've also got to deal with the low life thuggery, ASB, prolific brazen drug and alcohol abuse that exists to apparent in many areas and aspects of City. People won't use parks and river walks when they are used as toilets and meeting places for ASB. Part of believing in this City of ours is believing that the authorities can do more to make it a safer place again. Without that, people won't set foot past Spytty Retail Park and it'll all be for nowt.
[quote][p][bold]lowandhardandintheco rner[/bold] wrote: Well I'll buck the trend and say I'm delighted the council have provided the stimulus and really hope it brings trade and a new vibrancy to the city centre. We should all talk up the city, all the negativity just breeds more of the same.[/p][/quote]Well said. Too long has Newport struggled. We've had a pretty crap last ten years with major industry disappearing and a severe recession. I see Newport role drastically changing in the next ten years. We are fast becoming a major commuter town to feed Bristol and Cardiff. Glan Llyn at Llanwern site is HUGE with construction planned for the next 15 years.thousands of people may live but not work in Newport. So they pay rates here and shop here. To get them in to town you have to have shops and restaurants and cinemas and leisure services that they want to use. Friars Walk is a big part of that. We've also got to deal with the low life thuggery, ASB, prolific brazen drug and alcohol abuse that exists to apparent in many areas and aspects of City. People won't use parks and river walks when they are used as toilets and meeting places for ASB. Part of believing in this City of ours is believing that the authorities can do more to make it a safer place again. Without that, people won't set foot past Spytty Retail Park and it'll all be for nowt. landyman3030
  • Score: 1
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