Visits up to Newport city centre

Visits up to Newport city centre

Visits up to Newport city centre

First published in News

THERE were 17 per cent more visits in Newport city centre during June than the year before, according to new figures from the city council.

New footfall figures show that there were 815,559 visits during the last calendar month, compared with 698,210 for the same period in 2013.

Council leader Bob Bright said he believed it was a sign of increasing confidence in the shopping centre.

Newport council said that the average weekly number was 163,112, a jump of 24,470 compared with the previous year.

The council said more people visited the city centre in January, April and May 2014, compared with the previous year, although a slight decrease was recorded in February and March.

It comes against a background of steady decline since 2009.

Councillor Bob Bright, Labour leader of Newport City Council, said: “While we need to be cautiously optimistic about the figures, I do believe it is another sign of increasing confidence in our traditional shopping centre.

“As well as the Friars Walk retail and leisure scheme which is due to open in 2015, we have organisations such as Admiral and the Seren Group moving their employees to the city centre and exciting plans for more residential use of landmark buildings. Together these will contribute to a more attractive city centre.

“We still have some first rate retailers and services in the city centre, including excellent independent traders, but they must be used if we do not want to lose them. I would urge everyone to give their support to our city centre businesses – shop local to help Newport prosper and grow.”

The figures come as work continues on the Frairs Walk scheme, with steelwork forming the anchor Debenhams department store erected at the front of the development.

The development – backed by a £90m loan from Newport City Council – will create 650 jobs during construction phase, and about 1,100 jobs once complete.

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7:38am Wed 16 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

It's the ghosts of shoppers past....
It's the ghosts of shoppers past.... KarloMarko
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8:57am Wed 16 Jul 14

scraptheWAG says...

what the hell is going on near cash converters all the local dregs have now made the benches their home
what the hell is going on near cash converters all the local dregs have now made the benches their home scraptheWAG
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9:32am Wed 16 Jul 14

davidcp says...

Not ever having been knowingly counted as I pass through a gate, where do the figures come from?
Not ever having been knowingly counted as I pass through a gate, where do the figures come from? davidcp
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10:33am Wed 16 Jul 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

davidcp wrote:
Not ever having been knowingly counted as I pass through a gate, where do the figures come from?
Exactly what I was thinking.
[quote][p][bold]davidcp[/bold] wrote: Not ever having been knowingly counted as I pass through a gate, where do the figures come from?[/p][/quote]Exactly what I was thinking. GardenVarietyMushroom
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10:58am Wed 16 Jul 14

sperduti says...

davidcp wrote:
Not ever having been knowingly counted as I pass through a gate, where do the figures come from?
its just the warm spell of nice weather has got people out of the house it cant be for the shops !!
[quote][p][bold]davidcp[/bold] wrote: Not ever having been knowingly counted as I pass through a gate, where do the figures come from?[/p][/quote]its just the warm spell of nice weather has got people out of the house it cant be for the shops !! sperduti
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1:04pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

...how are these people counted?

Are they similar to invisible beams as used by shops to count the number of people entering/exiting...o
r is the source of the data?

Now that the bus depart from different locations....it could be where a person comes in at one place and now has to walk to another passing the counter....

or with much of the area closed off because of the building work on the Mall....again is this now forcing people to walk past a counters?

or to take short cuts through shops?
...how are these people counted? Are they similar to invisible beams as used by shops to count the number of people entering/exiting...o r is the source of the data? Now that the bus depart from different locations....it could be where a person comes in at one place and now has to walk to another passing the counter.... or with much of the area closed off because of the building work on the Mall....again is this now forcing people to walk past a counters? or to take short cuts through shops? Dave on his Soapbox
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7:41pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Foxyboy3rd says...

Dave on his Soapbox wrote:
...how are these people counted?

Are they similar to invisible beams as used by shops to count the number of people entering/exiting...o

r is the source of the data?

Now that the bus depart from different locations....it could be where a person comes in at one place and now has to walk to another passing the counter....

or with much of the area closed off because of the building work on the Mall....again is this now forcing people to walk past a counters?

or to take short cuts through shops?
Brilliant comment by dave, mind you I'm always amazed at the number of Roumanians who hang around town with nothing to do but buy scratchcards , fill the bookies , buy cakes and all manner of sweet desserts.
Maybe it's them.
[quote][p][bold]Dave on his Soapbox[/bold] wrote: ...how are these people counted? Are they similar to invisible beams as used by shops to count the number of people entering/exiting...o r is the source of the data? Now that the bus depart from different locations....it could be where a person comes in at one place and now has to walk to another passing the counter.... or with much of the area closed off because of the building work on the Mall....again is this now forcing people to walk past a counters? or to take short cuts through shops?[/p][/quote]Brilliant comment by dave, mind you I'm always amazed at the number of Roumanians who hang around town with nothing to do but buy scratchcards , fill the bookies , buy cakes and all manner of sweet desserts. Maybe it's them. Foxyboy3rd
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