ARGUS COMMENT: A pivotal year for Newport

South Wales Argus: ARGUS COMMENT: A pivotal year for Newport ARGUS COMMENT: A pivotal year for Newport

AS WE welcome a new year today, we fix our eyes on 12 months that will be absolutely critical to Newport's future.

The city has been through a tough few years, sometimes as a result of external crises over which Newport's leaders - of differing political hues - have had little or no control.

Sometimes, though, the city's misfortunes have been as a result of poor political leadership and a lack of vision and foresight.

But now is not the time for looking back and apportioning blame.

Now is the time for looking forward with hope and expectation.

Newport has the opportunity to secure its future prosperity in 2014.

Work is likely to start on the construction of the Friars Walk shopping and leisure development before the end of the first quarter. It has £90 million of borrowed public money behind it and it has to be open in time for Christmas next year.

Friars Walk has to succeed.

The Welsh Government will give its response to Re:Newport's proposals in the next few weeks. The mandarins at the Senedd must come up with the cash to make some great ideas a reality.

Newport's traders should get a vote on setting up a Business Improvement District this year. A successful BID has transformed Swansea and could do the same here.

Finally, this year marks the 175th anniversary of the Chartist march on Newport. The city must ensure the past becomes an integral part of its future.

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10:31am Wed 1 Jan 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I do wish the Argus editorials wouldn't use the term 'we' all the time. I, for one, do not welcome the new year as the future is looking bleaker than ever for me now. I know I'm not alone. The fact is, some of us will welcome the new year and others - particularly those of us who have lost loved ones, jobs, homes, our faith in humanity and the will to live - will not. For some, the new year offers hope, but for others it offers nothing but bleakness, emptiness and monotony. Personally, I think using the term 'we' in such a way constitutes speaking over people and automatically assuming that you represent them.
I do wish the Argus editorials wouldn't use the term 'we' all the time. I, for one, do not welcome the new year as the future is looking bleaker than ever for me now. I know I'm not alone. The fact is, some of us will welcome the new year and others - particularly those of us who have lost loved ones, jobs, homes, our faith in humanity and the will to live - will not. For some, the new year offers hope, but for others it offers nothing but bleakness, emptiness and monotony. Personally, I think using the term 'we' in such a way constitutes speaking over people and automatically assuming that you represent them. Katie Re-Registered

10:56am Wed 1 Jan 14

cath 872 says...

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11:00am Wed 1 Jan 14

cath 872 says...

'The city must ensure the past becomes an integral part of its future'. No, it shouldn't. The past should stay there. Lets look forward, not back. Happy new year.
'The city must ensure the past becomes an integral part of its future'. No, it shouldn't. The past should stay there. Lets look forward, not back. Happy new year. cath 872

11:40am Wed 1 Jan 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Nonsense Katie. 'We' means 'us' (the Argus) because it is 'our' view.
Nonsense Katie. 'We' means 'us' (the Argus) because it is 'our' view. Kevin Ward - Editor

12:20pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
I do wish the Argus editorials wouldn't use the term 'we' all the time. I, for one, do not welcome the new year as the future is looking bleaker than ever for me now. I know I'm not alone. The fact is, some of us will welcome the new year and others - particularly those of us who have lost loved ones, jobs, homes, our faith in humanity and the will to live - will not. For some, the new year offers hope, but for others it offers nothing but bleakness, emptiness and monotony. Personally, I think using the term 'we' in such a way constitutes speaking over people and automatically assuming that you represent them.
Fair enough, but you have to move on.
Life is what you make it and you make your own luck to a certain extent.
Being negative is not going to help you or anybody else for that matter.
Happy New Year to you anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: I do wish the Argus editorials wouldn't use the term 'we' all the time. I, for one, do not welcome the new year as the future is looking bleaker than ever for me now. I know I'm not alone. The fact is, some of us will welcome the new year and others - particularly those of us who have lost loved ones, jobs, homes, our faith in humanity and the will to live - will not. For some, the new year offers hope, but for others it offers nothing but bleakness, emptiness and monotony. Personally, I think using the term 'we' in such a way constitutes speaking over people and automatically assuming that you represent them.[/p][/quote]Fair enough, but you have to move on. Life is what you make it and you make your own luck to a certain extent. Being negative is not going to help you or anybody else for that matter. Happy New Year to you anyway. Cymru Am Beth

12:43pm Wed 1 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

unfortunately Kevin Newport started to go down hill on inception of the WAG Wales receives huge amounts of EU funding pre WAG this would have been shared around all of Wales now it either gets spent on the WAG itself (500 million per annum and rising sharply) or on Cardiff and to be fair Cardiff does look good and with huge amounts of public sector employment it enjoys I would expect it to be.

Newport is in a truly terrible state and I personally dont think this shopping centre will ever happen. Unfortunately Labour know how little they do for newport they are assured a win. When money is spent its badly spent ie that ghastly train station.
unfortunately Kevin Newport started to go down hill on inception of the WAG Wales receives huge amounts of EU funding pre WAG this would have been shared around all of Wales now it either gets spent on the WAG itself (500 million per annum and rising sharply) or on Cardiff and to be fair Cardiff does look good and with huge amounts of public sector employment it enjoys I would expect it to be. Newport is in a truly terrible state and I personally dont think this shopping centre will ever happen. Unfortunately Labour know how little they do for newport they are assured a win. When money is spent its badly spent ie that ghastly train station. scraptheWAG

3:52pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now.
The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of
' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say
' a mess '...
I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ?
2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City !
Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now. The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of ' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say ' a mess '... I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ? 2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City ! Jonnytrouble

4:34pm Wed 1 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

Jonnytrouble wrote:
Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now.
The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of
' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say
' a mess '...
I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ?
2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City !
do labour care it like a job for life does not matter how badly they perform so it the people of the town that have themselves to blame really
[quote][p][bold]Jonnytrouble[/bold] wrote: Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now. The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of ' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say ' a mess '... I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ? 2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City ![/p][/quote]do labour care it like a job for life does not matter how badly they perform so it the people of the town that have themselves to blame really scraptheWAG

5:49pm Wed 1 Jan 14

merlin the silure says...

Kevin/The Argus-lets just wait and see what the clowns running NCC do in the coming year,I agree that we should all be "hopeful" BUT dear leader dim and his crew dont exactly have a great track record do they?
Kevin/The Argus-lets just wait and see what the clowns running NCC do in the coming year,I agree that we should all be "hopeful" BUT dear leader dim and his crew dont exactly have a great track record do they? merlin the silure

6:20pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
Jonnytrouble wrote:
Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now.
The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of
' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say
' a mess '...
I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ?
2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City !
do labour care it like a job for life does not matter how badly they perform so it the people of the town that have themselves to blame really
This is Debenhams second profit warning in less than 12 months. The previous was in March

Debenhams saw a sharp fall in its High Street sales as well as a much smaller margin. Online sales rose by 27 per cent for the 17-week period, and accounted for 15.6 per cent of total sales, compared with 12.4 per cent for the year-earlier period. However, Debenhams said online delivery income was lower than anticipated.
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonnytrouble[/bold] wrote: Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now. The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of ' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say ' a mess '... I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ? 2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City ![/p][/quote]do labour care it like a job for life does not matter how badly they perform so it the people of the town that have themselves to blame really[/p][/quote]This is Debenhams second profit warning in less than 12 months. The previous was in March Debenhams saw a sharp fall in its High Street sales as well as a much smaller margin. Online sales rose by 27 per cent for the 17-week period, and accounted for 15.6 per cent of total sales, compared with 12.4 per cent for the year-earlier period. However, Debenhams said online delivery income was lower than anticipated. Bobevans

8:15am Thu 2 Jan 14

Woodgnome says...

cath 872 wrote:
'The city must ensure the past becomes an integral part of its future'. No, it shouldn't. The past should stay there. Lets look forward, not back. Happy new year.
Katie is on her own on a lot of subjects but is there any reason for the Editor to be quite so prickly with her - especially no New Years day? It's not for the Editor to slag off the contributors.
[quote][p][bold]cath 872[/bold] wrote: 'The city must ensure the past becomes an integral part of its future'. No, it shouldn't. The past should stay there. Lets look forward, not back. Happy new year.[/p][/quote]Katie is on her own on a lot of subjects but is there any reason for the Editor to be quite so prickly with her - especially no New Years day? It's not for the Editor to slag off the contributors. Woodgnome

8:16am Thu 2 Jan 14

Woodgnome says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
Nonsense Katie. 'We' means 'us' (the Argus) because it is 'our' view.
Katie is on her own on a lot of subjects but is there any reason for the Editor to be quite so prickly with her - especially no New Years day? It's not for the Editor to slag off the contributors
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: Nonsense Katie. 'We' means 'us' (the Argus) because it is 'our' view.[/p][/quote]Katie is on her own on a lot of subjects but is there any reason for the Editor to be quite so prickly with her - especially no New Years day? It's not for the Editor to slag off the contributors Woodgnome

8:20am Thu 2 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

Bobevans wrote:
scraptheWAG wrote:
Jonnytrouble wrote:
Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now.
The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of
' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say
' a mess '...
I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ?
2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City !
do labour care it like a job for life does not matter how badly they perform so it the people of the town that have themselves to blame really
This is Debenhams second profit warning in less than 12 months. The previous was in March

Debenhams saw a sharp fall in its High Street sales as well as a much smaller margin. Online sales rose by 27 per cent for the 17-week period, and accounted for 15.6 per cent of total sales, compared with 12.4 per cent for the year-earlier period. However, Debenhams said online delivery income was lower than anticipated.
Latest news is the Debenhams finance chief has quit with immediate affect
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonnytrouble[/bold] wrote: Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now. The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of ' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say ' a mess '... I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ? 2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City ![/p][/quote]do labour care it like a job for life does not matter how badly they perform so it the people of the town that have themselves to blame really[/p][/quote]This is Debenhams second profit warning in less than 12 months. The previous was in March Debenhams saw a sharp fall in its High Street sales as well as a much smaller margin. Online sales rose by 27 per cent for the 17-week period, and accounted for 15.6 per cent of total sales, compared with 12.4 per cent for the year-earlier period. However, Debenhams said online delivery income was lower than anticipated.[/p][/quote]Latest news is the Debenhams finance chief has quit with immediate affect Bobevans

8:20am Thu 2 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

Bobevans wrote:
scraptheWAG wrote:
Jonnytrouble wrote:
Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now.
The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of
' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say
' a mess '...
I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ?
2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City !
do labour care it like a job for life does not matter how badly they perform so it the people of the town that have themselves to blame really
This is Debenhams second profit warning in less than 12 months. The previous was in March

Debenhams saw a sharp fall in its High Street sales as well as a much smaller margin. Online sales rose by 27 per cent for the 17-week period, and accounted for 15.6 per cent of total sales, compared with 12.4 per cent for the year-earlier period. However, Debenhams said online delivery income was lower than anticipated.
Latest news is the Debenhams finance chief has quit with immediate affect
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonnytrouble[/bold] wrote: Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now. The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of ' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say ' a mess '... I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ? 2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City ![/p][/quote]do labour care it like a job for life does not matter how badly they perform so it the people of the town that have themselves to blame really[/p][/quote]This is Debenhams second profit warning in less than 12 months. The previous was in March Debenhams saw a sharp fall in its High Street sales as well as a much smaller margin. Online sales rose by 27 per cent for the 17-week period, and accounted for 15.6 per cent of total sales, compared with 12.4 per cent for the year-earlier period. However, Debenhams said online delivery income was lower than anticipated.[/p][/quote]Latest news is the Debenhams finance chief has quit with immediate affect Bobevans

9:19am Thu 2 Jan 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

Bobevans wrote:
Bobevans wrote:
scraptheWAG wrote:
Jonnytrouble wrote:
Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now.
The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of
' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say
' a mess '...
I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ?
2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City !
do labour care it like a job for life does not matter how badly they perform so it the people of the town that have themselves to blame really
This is Debenhams second profit warning in less than 12 months. The previous was in March

Debenhams saw a sharp fall in its High Street sales as well as a much smaller margin. Online sales rose by 27 per cent for the 17-week period, and accounted for 15.6 per cent of total sales, compared with 12.4 per cent for the year-earlier period. However, Debenhams said online delivery income was lower than anticipated.
Latest news is the Debenhams finance chief has quit with immediate affect
It is very worrying .
This could mean that the so-called 'Anchor Store' may never materialise.
Pity they can't tempt someone like John Lewis to come here.
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonnytrouble[/bold] wrote: Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now. The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of ' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say ' a mess '... I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ? 2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City ![/p][/quote]do labour care it like a job for life does not matter how badly they perform so it the people of the town that have themselves to blame really[/p][/quote]This is Debenhams second profit warning in less than 12 months. The previous was in March Debenhams saw a sharp fall in its High Street sales as well as a much smaller margin. Online sales rose by 27 per cent for the 17-week period, and accounted for 15.6 per cent of total sales, compared with 12.4 per cent for the year-earlier period. However, Debenhams said online delivery income was lower than anticipated.[/p][/quote]Latest news is the Debenhams finance chief has quit with immediate affect[/p][/quote]It is very worrying . This could mean that the so-called 'Anchor Store' may never materialise. Pity they can't tempt someone like John Lewis to come here. Cymru Am Beth

3:31pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

Cymru Am Beth wrote:
Bobevans wrote:
Bobevans wrote:
scraptheWAG wrote:
Jonnytrouble wrote:
Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now.
The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of
' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say
' a mess '...
I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ?
2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City !
do labour care it like a job for life does not matter how badly they perform so it the people of the town that have themselves to blame really
This is Debenhams second profit warning in less than 12 months. The previous was in March

Debenhams saw a sharp fall in its High Street sales as well as a much smaller margin. Online sales rose by 27 per cent for the 17-week period, and accounted for 15.6 per cent of total sales, compared with 12.4 per cent for the year-earlier period. However, Debenhams said online delivery income was lower than anticipated.
Latest news is the Debenhams finance chief has quit with immediate affect
It is very worrying .
This could mean that the so-called 'Anchor Store' may never materialise.
Pity they can't tempt someone like John Lewis to come here.
John Lewis are planning to build another 20 UK stores. I doubt Newport will be one of them they already have a store in Cardiff and Bristol. They will be looking to fill in gaps in their geographic coverage . Possibly store I Belfast and possibly Colchester and a few in the Midlands and North
[quote][p][bold]Cymru Am Beth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonnytrouble[/bold] wrote: Yes Newport is in a terrible state it has been for many, many, years now. The Labour Councillor's and MP's & AM's ( OLD Labour Councillor's & MPs, AMs ) should be ashamed to let it EVER, EVER, get to this present state and if WE had a referendum on what people of Newport and surrounding Valleys could say of ' The City ' im sure they would agree, just ask anyone and they say ' a mess '... I do wonder now if Debenhams will still come to Newport seeing they had appalling sales, what a gamble the Council has taken on with OUR money. I just hope WE are NOT looking at another LG ? 2014 will be an interesting year for Newport, if more people lose there jobs There is NO money to shop at expensive stores and WE have so many Charity shops and closed shops in the City ![/p][/quote]do labour care it like a job for life does not matter how badly they perform so it the people of the town that have themselves to blame really[/p][/quote]This is Debenhams second profit warning in less than 12 months. The previous was in March Debenhams saw a sharp fall in its High Street sales as well as a much smaller margin. Online sales rose by 27 per cent for the 17-week period, and accounted for 15.6 per cent of total sales, compared with 12.4 per cent for the year-earlier period. However, Debenhams said online delivery income was lower than anticipated.[/p][/quote]Latest news is the Debenhams finance chief has quit with immediate affect[/p][/quote]It is very worrying . This could mean that the so-called 'Anchor Store' may never materialise. Pity they can't tempt someone like John Lewis to come here.[/p][/quote]John Lewis are planning to build another 20 UK stores. I doubt Newport will be one of them they already have a store in Cardiff and Bristol. They will be looking to fill in gaps in their geographic coverage . Possibly store I Belfast and possibly Colchester and a few in the Midlands and North Bobevans

10:10pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Port0214 says...

Whether or not the Friars Walk project is completed will have little relevance, It's to little to late.

It's easy to blame the current administration, the fact of the matter is a failure of successive councils to make the bold planning decisions required instead of this constant tinkering and half jobs that have blighted the town since the 1960's.

Add to the mix the complete failure of the Cardiff Shower to do anything for anyone outside of the capital, the collapse of manufacturing in the surrounding area, poor access for cars ETC by the look of it Debenhams will cease to exist come completion of the project.

A tragedy unfolding before us, another one in a long line.
Whether or not the Friars Walk project is completed will have little relevance, It's to little to late. It's easy to blame the current administration, the fact of the matter is a failure of successive councils to make the bold planning decisions required instead of this constant tinkering and half jobs that have blighted the town since the 1960's. Add to the mix the complete failure of the Cardiff Shower to do anything for anyone outside of the capital, the collapse of manufacturing in the surrounding area, poor access for cars ETC by the look of it Debenhams will cease to exist come completion of the project. A tragedy unfolding before us, another one in a long line. Port0214

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