Westgate Hotel 'excellent venue' for hospitality school

South Wales Argus: Westgate Hotel "excellent venue" for hospitality school Westgate Hotel "excellent venue" for hospitality school

THE chief of the Newport city taskforce says it would be fabulous if the grade II listed Westgate Hotel could be used for a five star hospitality school.

Simon Gibson, chairman of the ReNewport business taskforce, said the idea could be combined with a visitor attraction about the Chartist movement.

A hospitality school was one of the recommendations proposed by the ReNewport report, which could include a working hotel staffed by the school’s students.

Mr Gibson said the taskforce were agreed that Westgate Hotel, which was the site of the Chartist Rising in 1839, would be a prime location for the idea.

“It would be fabulous," he said, adding: “There’s no better location in the whole of Newport for a five star hospitality school".

He suggested it could be combined with a “visitor attraction on the Chartist movement".

Surveyors would need to cast an eye at the idea for the Commercial Street building, which is grade II listed and has been empty for years.

In 2011 the Argus reported it is on Newport council’s register of buildings at risk.

According to the ReNewport report the school would "create a broad pool of talent and expertise to feed the region’s growing hotel and hospitality industry.”

The report said: “Delivering professional knowledge through a dynamic combination of study and hands-on experience, this school would offer the perfect environment in which to experience all the challenges and possibilities of modern hospitality management".

It added: “This unique environment will immerse aspiring hotel managers, chefs, event co-ordinators, spa managers, restaurant managers and many others, in a vibrant community of students, industry professionals and academic staff who share a genuine passion for hospitality and for learning.”

The taskforce hope this could be established by 2015.

Welsh Government minister Edwina Hart announced last week that funds would be made available to undertake feasibility work needed to progress some of the recommendations in the ReNewport report

On November 4, 1839, thousands of Chartists led by John Frost marched to the Westgate Hotel, where fellow chartists were being kept imprisoned.

Soldiers opened fire on the protestors, killing 22 of the protestors.

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6:57am Mon 10 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

If Sir Terry wants a hospitality school he should pay for it himself. We're already paying for half his bleedin conference centre.
If Sir Terry wants a hospitality school he should pay for it himself. We're already paying for half his bleedin conference centre. GardenVarietyMushroom

7:04am Mon 10 Feb 14

Robodad says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
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If Sir Terry wants a hospitality school he should pay for it himself. We're already paying for half his bleedin conference centre.
I dont see anything in the article which suggests that this would have anything to do with Sir Terry, where do you get that idea from?
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: If Sir Terry wants a hospitality school he should pay for it himself. We're already paying for half his bleedin conference centre.[/p][/quote]I dont see anything in the article which suggests that this would have anything to do with Sir Terry, where do you get that idea from? Robodad

8:20am Mon 10 Feb 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

I think that the school alone and a working hotel would be an excelent idea especially if it included a top restraunt too. Newport needs to start to develop itself into somewhere where there is more todo. At the moment there isn't anything other than coffe shops, the market, an assorment of shops and fast food restraunts. I don't think that having a visitor attraction would be a good idea to go along with it as I can't see how the two would go side by side. There should be more info and a decent display in the museum.
I think that the school alone and a working hotel would be an excelent idea especially if it included a top restraunt too. Newport needs to start to develop itself into somewhere where there is more todo. At the moment there isn't anything other than coffe shops, the market, an assorment of shops and fast food restraunts. I don't think that having a visitor attraction would be a good idea to go along with it as I can't see how the two would go side by side. There should be more info and a decent display in the museum. grumpyandopinionated

9:57am Mon 10 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Robodad wrote:
GardenVarietyMushroo

m
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If Sir Terry wants a hospitality school he should pay for it himself. We're already paying for half his bleedin conference centre.
I dont see anything in the article which suggests that this would have anything to do with Sir Terry, where do you get that idea from?
Oh come off it - read between the lines mate.

Simon Gibson, the head honcho of Sir Tel's investment wotsit pushing the idea of a taxpayer funded hospitality school, ahead of the Celtic's plans to build a major top quality international conference centre?

You'd have to be an idiot not to join the dots on this one...
[quote][p][bold]Robodad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: If Sir Terry wants a hospitality school he should pay for it himself. We're already paying for half his bleedin conference centre.[/p][/quote]I dont see anything in the article which suggests that this would have anything to do with Sir Terry, where do you get that idea from?[/p][/quote]Oh come off it - read between the lines mate. Simon Gibson, the head honcho of Sir Tel's investment wotsit pushing the idea of a taxpayer funded hospitality school, ahead of the Celtic's plans to build a major top quality international conference centre? You'd have to be an idiot not to join the dots on this one... GardenVarietyMushroom

11:20am Mon 10 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Oh, and I'd further like to add that including ideas about a Chartist attraction is a pathetic attempt to whip up public support for a scheme they obviously feel can't stand on its own merit.
Oh, and I'd further like to add that including ideas about a Chartist attraction is a pathetic attempt to whip up public support for a scheme they obviously feel can't stand on its own merit. GardenVarietyMushroom

1:45pm Mon 10 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Ah, the usual response... lot's of people voting down but no one denying it. I see Terry's PR machine are hard at work.
Ah, the usual response... lot's of people voting down but no one denying it. I see Terry's PR machine are hard at work. GardenVarietyMushroom

6:34pm Mon 10 Feb 14

eezageeza says...

They do realise I hope, that they do know that the present Westgate hotel building actually has nothing top do with the Chartist uprising being built as it was in 1884 .
They do realise I hope, that they do know that the present Westgate hotel building actually has nothing top do with the Chartist uprising being built as it was in 1884 . eezageeza

7:48pm Mon 10 Feb 14

cantbelieveitsnotbetter says...

garden variety mushroom soynds a bit paranoid to me- I now have images of sir tel sat in the penthouse of his manor, stroking a white cat, plotting ways to make Newport council build stuff, conference centres, restaurants, schools etc. what next ? more businesses ? new jobs? (dread the thought) new visitors(no dont want em comming ere buying our stff, spending their not nNewport pounds) increased public image ( No, newports a pit and we want it to stay that way thanks) lets be honest, due to the economic crisis, bungling politicians and the like, newport has seen better days, I don't know him, would guess being a business man he does want to make money, but, without sir tel,like it or not, newport (currently) would be that place you drive past to cardiff, bristol or wherwver else. p.s. and newport countries pitch debarkle.
garden variety mushroom soynds a bit paranoid to me- I now have images of sir tel sat in the penthouse of his manor, stroking a white cat, plotting ways to make Newport council build stuff, conference centres, restaurants, schools etc. what next ? more businesses ? new jobs? (dread the thought) new visitors(no dont want em comming ere buying our stff, spending their not nNewport pounds) increased public image ( No, newports a pit and we want it to stay that way thanks) lets be honest, due to the economic crisis, bungling politicians and the like, newport has seen better days, I don't know him, would guess being a business man he does want to make money, but, without sir tel,like it or not, newport (currently) would be that place you drive past to cardiff, bristol or wherwver else. p.s. and newport countries pitch debarkle. cantbelieveitsnotbetter

8:57pm Mon 10 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

cantbelieveitsnotbet
ter
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garden variety mushroom soynds a bit paranoid to me- I now have images of sir tel sat in the penthouse of his manor, stroking a white cat, plotting ways to make Newport council build stuff, conference centres, restaurants, schools etc. what next ? more businesses ? new jobs? (dread the thought) new visitors(no dont want em comming ere buying our stff, spending their not nNewport pounds) increased public image ( No, newports a pit and we want it to stay that way thanks) lets be honest, due to the economic crisis, bungling politicians and the like, newport has seen better days, I don't know him, would guess being a business man he does want to make money, but, without sir tel,like it or not, newport (currently) would be that place you drive past to cardiff, bristol or wherwver else. p.s. and newport countries pitch debarkle.
Paranoid? Who knows? It wold be easy to say so, wouldn't it, when we don't have access to Sir Terry's business plans to prove/disprove the notion.

Personally, after a lifetime of wading through lies and spin generated by the likes of Terry Matthews, you kind of default to thinking the worst of these people. It isn't hard.

Putting Terry's stooge in charge of ReNewport was just about the worst idea going. That money is for US, for Newport's regeneration. To make real jobs... not low paid service jobs. To be honest with you, making the Westgate into a hospitality school isn't such a bad idea for the place. But if you think it wasn't Matthews' idea to service his conference centre, I think you're naive. He's obviously going to be the prime beneficiary, why can't he, with his vast fortune, not fund it himself, instead of getting his sticky fingers all over our money?

And why do people continually keep calling Newport a pit? You people need to broaden your horizons a little bit more. I've travelled all over the UK and have seen what REAL deprivation looks like in the UK - Newport doesn't even come close, let me tell you. Go see Govan, or Easterhouse in Glasgow, Tower hamlets and Hackney in London, Or Salford in Manchester, Or Burnley, or Bradford, Hull, or Sandwell in Birmingham... or many others. And even these are like Hollywood hills compared to some of the poorer areas of other countries around the world.
[quote][p][bold]cantbelieveitsnotbet ter[/bold] wrote: garden variety mushroom soynds a bit paranoid to me- I now have images of sir tel sat in the penthouse of his manor, stroking a white cat, plotting ways to make Newport council build stuff, conference centres, restaurants, schools etc. what next ? more businesses ? new jobs? (dread the thought) new visitors(no dont want em comming ere buying our stff, spending their not nNewport pounds) increased public image ( No, newports a pit and we want it to stay that way thanks) lets be honest, due to the economic crisis, bungling politicians and the like, newport has seen better days, I don't know him, would guess being a business man he does want to make money, but, without sir tel,like it or not, newport (currently) would be that place you drive past to cardiff, bristol or wherwver else. p.s. and newport countries pitch debarkle.[/p][/quote]Paranoid? Who knows? It wold be easy to say so, wouldn't it, when we don't have access to Sir Terry's business plans to prove/disprove the notion. Personally, after a lifetime of wading through lies and spin generated by the likes of Terry Matthews, you kind of default to thinking the worst of these people. It isn't hard. Putting Terry's stooge in charge of ReNewport was just about the worst idea going. That money is for US, for Newport's regeneration. To make real jobs... not low paid service jobs. To be honest with you, making the Westgate into a hospitality school isn't such a bad idea for the place. But if you think it wasn't Matthews' idea to service his conference centre, I think you're naive. He's obviously going to be the prime beneficiary, why can't he, with his vast fortune, not fund it himself, instead of getting his sticky fingers all over our money? And why do people continually keep calling Newport a pit? You people need to broaden your horizons a little bit more. I've travelled all over the UK and have seen what REAL deprivation looks like in the UK - Newport doesn't even come close, let me tell you. Go see Govan, or Easterhouse in Glasgow, Tower hamlets and Hackney in London, Or Salford in Manchester, Or Burnley, or Bradford, Hull, or Sandwell in Birmingham... or many others. And even these are like Hollywood hills compared to some of the poorer areas of other countries around the world. GardenVarietyMushroom

6:59pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Whats this great fear of Terry Mathews he's created employment through development so whats the problem.
Whats this great fear of Terry Mathews he's created employment through development so whats the problem. Limestonecowboy

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