ARGUS COMMENT: Huge need for debate on Chartist mural
2:51pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Gwent news
WE feel we have little option but to return to the subject of Newport council's handling of the demolition of the Chartist mural.
Especially given that all city councillors have now received a letter from chief executive Wil Godfrey setting out the sequence of events from the council's point of view.
And given that we have now received answers to questions we put to the council in the immediate aftermath of the demolition.
As we have long argued, if the demolition was needed to ensure the city's redevelopment then we could live with it, especially if the cost of removal was to prove prohibitive.
We reiterate that the questions we have posed since Thursday were not for any other reason than they were what the public of Newport were -and still are - asking.
Our teeming mailbag and any cursory glance at social media, is proof that this issue is not about to go away just yet.
What has angered many of our correspondents is not necessarily the decision to destroy the mural, but the way the whole issue was handled at the end.
Better communication could have prevented much of that.
Newport council has already set out the tough financial future it is facing in the very near future.
The difficult decisions it will have to make will be that much harder if it cannot take the public with it and that calls for debate, consultation and effective communication.
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