SPARKLE APPEAL: 'You decide, minister' - health chiefs
"OVER to you, Ms Hart" - that's the message to the Assembly health minister from Gwent health chiefs concerning the multi-million pound funding bid for the Sparkle Appeal-backed South Gwent Children's Centre.
Gwent Healthcare Trust bosses have completed work requested by the Assembly on value for money aspects of the project, designed to provide state-of-the-art facilities for disabled youngsters across Newport, Torfaen, and south Monmouthshire.
An Argus-backed campaign last autumn attracted hundreds of letters of support for the project from across Gwent, and a Sparkle Appeal petition gathered several thousand signatures urging Ms Hart to back the project with around £6m to get the centre up and running.
The campaign also attracted cross-party support from AMs and MPs in Gwent and from Newport council chiefs.
Last October Ms Hart acknowledged the widespread public interest in, and support for, the project and was "confident" a funding package could be put in place when the trust finished work on its bid.
Trust planning director Alex Howells told the trust board she "believes the Assembly has now had all the information it requires."
"The next step is asking the minister to consider the case," she said. Her report to the board "anticipates this will enable the Assembly to make a decision... in the near future."