£90m Newport retail site taking shape

£90m Newport retail site taking shape

LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS The work being carried for the construction of the new shopping centre in Newport (6175222)

LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS The work being carried for the construction of the new shopping centre in Newport (6175269)

LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS The work being carried for the construction of the new shopping centre in Newport (6175180)

LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS The work being carried for the construction of the new shopping centre in Newport (6175346)

LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS The work being carried for the construction of the new shopping centre in Newport (6174838)

First published in Gwent news

WORK is continuing in Newport city centre to ready the ground for the new £90 million Friars Walk shopping development, being created on the old bus station site.

Debenhams is set to be the anchor store and Next, Top Shop, Cineworld, Nandos and Cosmo are among the businesses to have already committed to the scheme.

The ground-breaking ceremony at the site took place on April 15 and diggers are still on site clearing away debris from the demolished six-storey car park, which was demolished in January.

Paul Sargent, of Queensberry Real Estate, said they were working with Cuddy, and have appointed Bowmer and Kirkland, based in Derbyshire, as the preferred contractor to carry out the building work.

Friars Walk is due to be open by November 2015.

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11:08am Thu 15 May 14

Magor says...

No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.
No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty. Magor
  • Score: -54

11:11am Thu 15 May 14

Walter Devereux says...

Magor wrote:
No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.
OK, so if it doesn't benefit you directly let's not do it eh? Great attitude!
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.[/p][/quote]OK, so if it doesn't benefit you directly let's not do it eh? Great attitude! Walter Devereux
  • Score: 53

11:29am Thu 15 May 14

The People's Republic of Newp says...

Magor wrote:
No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.
Taking that statement to its logical conclusion, just go online and never leave the house.

Personally, I'm quite excited by the juxtaposition of classic architecture and new shopping mall, surely better than strolling up and down the length of a soulless Spytty, which is wholly devoid of any aesthetic value or, more importantly, the niche stores, private SMEs, residential quarters and boutiques that look to appear alongside NCCs investment in the tow... city centre.
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.[/p][/quote]Taking that statement to its logical conclusion, just go online and never leave the house. Personally, I'm quite excited by the juxtaposition of classic architecture and new shopping mall, surely better than strolling up and down the length of a soulless Spytty, which is wholly devoid of any aesthetic value or, more importantly, the niche stores, private SMEs, residential quarters and boutiques that look to appear alongside NCCs investment in the tow... city centre. The People's Republic of Newp
  • Score: 43

11:56am Thu 15 May 14

Heleninnewport says...

I too am looking forward to being able to go to the cinema and being able to eat in nice places in the evening. The peep holes are proving popular with shoppers checking on the progress of the development,I think it will be a great asset to the city.
I too am looking forward to being able to go to the cinema and being able to eat in nice places in the evening. The peep holes are proving popular with shoppers checking on the progress of the development,I think it will be a great asset to the city. Heleninnewport
  • Score: 37

12:00pm Thu 15 May 14

sperduti says...

The People's Republic of Newp wrote:
Magor wrote:
No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.
Taking that statement to its logical conclusion, just go online and never leave the house.

Personally, I'm quite excited by the juxtaposition of classic architecture and new shopping mall, surely better than strolling up and down the length of a soulless Spytty, which is wholly devoid of any aesthetic value or, more importantly, the niche stores, private SMEs, residential quarters and boutiques that look to appear alongside NCCs investment in the tow... city centre.
there is nothing wrong with spytty !! at least you can PARK all day free , !!! will the council offer FREE PARKING!! when the new shopping mall is up and running ?? I don't think so , the new mall coming is long overdue but I welcome it as its bringing badly needed jobs here!!!
[quote][p][bold]The People's Republic of Newp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.[/p][/quote]Taking that statement to its logical conclusion, just go online and never leave the house. Personally, I'm quite excited by the juxtaposition of classic architecture and new shopping mall, surely better than strolling up and down the length of a soulless Spytty, which is wholly devoid of any aesthetic value or, more importantly, the niche stores, private SMEs, residential quarters and boutiques that look to appear alongside NCCs investment in the tow... city centre.[/p][/quote]there is nothing wrong with spytty !! at least you can PARK all day free , !!! will the council offer FREE PARKING!! when the new shopping mall is up and running ?? I don't think so , the new mall coming is long overdue but I welcome it as its bringing badly needed jobs here!!! sperduti
  • Score: 12

12:26pm Thu 15 May 14

sperduti says...

Heleninnewport wrote:
I too am looking forward to being able to go to the cinema and being able to eat in nice places in the evening. The peep holes are proving popular with shoppers checking on the progress of the development,I think it will be a great asset to the city.
yes I agree
[quote][p][bold]Heleninnewport[/bold] wrote: I too am looking forward to being able to go to the cinema and being able to eat in nice places in the evening. The peep holes are proving popular with shoppers checking on the progress of the development,I think it will be a great asset to the city.[/p][/quote]yes I agree sperduti
  • Score: 8

1:00pm Thu 15 May 14

markus007 says...

Great News and even better news for the SME's that need it more than the likes of M&S, Next etc. Keep on Pushing.
Great News and even better news for the SME's that need it more than the likes of M&S, Next etc. Keep on Pushing. markus007
  • Score: -7

1:15pm Thu 15 May 14

Jinxey says...

sperduti wrote:
The People's Republic of Newp wrote:
Magor wrote:
No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.
Taking that statement to its logical conclusion, just go online and never leave the house.

Personally, I'm quite excited by the juxtaposition of classic architecture and new shopping mall, surely better than strolling up and down the length of a soulless Spytty, which is wholly devoid of any aesthetic value or, more importantly, the niche stores, private SMEs, residential quarters and boutiques that look to appear alongside NCCs investment in the tow... city centre.
there is nothing wrong with spytty !! at least you can PARK all day free , !!! will the council offer FREE PARKING!! when the new shopping mall is up and running ?? I don't think so , the new mall coming is long overdue but I welcome it as its bringing badly needed jobs here!!!
You can park all day free if you can find a space! Unfortunately they seem to be happy to keep building more units on top of the already limited parking.

I think its Queensberry who will have the say on parking charges in this development. Hopefully they will see the benefit that free parking will bring and either offer it full time or for a short period and then introduce discounted rates.

I am very excited about the development and the prospect of being able to visit the cinema and nice restaurants. Let's hope it is a success. Glad to see some positive comments for once!
[quote][p][bold]sperduti[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The People's Republic of Newp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.[/p][/quote]Taking that statement to its logical conclusion, just go online and never leave the house. Personally, I'm quite excited by the juxtaposition of classic architecture and new shopping mall, surely better than strolling up and down the length of a soulless Spytty, which is wholly devoid of any aesthetic value or, more importantly, the niche stores, private SMEs, residential quarters and boutiques that look to appear alongside NCCs investment in the tow... city centre.[/p][/quote]there is nothing wrong with spytty !! at least you can PARK all day free , !!! will the council offer FREE PARKING!! when the new shopping mall is up and running ?? I don't think so , the new mall coming is long overdue but I welcome it as its bringing badly needed jobs here!!![/p][/quote]You can park all day free if you can find a space! Unfortunately they seem to be happy to keep building more units on top of the already limited parking. I think its Queensberry who will have the say on parking charges in this development. Hopefully they will see the benefit that free parking will bring and either offer it full time or for a short period and then introduce discounted rates. I am very excited about the development and the prospect of being able to visit the cinema and nice restaurants. Let's hope it is a success. Glad to see some positive comments for once! Jinxey
  • Score: 15

1:39pm Thu 15 May 14

Campaign for better transport/Swites.org.uk says...

Good to see Newport is rising the expectation of the people of south east wales. Long overdue for the third city of wales.
Good to see Newport is rising the expectation of the people of south east wales. Long overdue for the third city of wales. Campaign for better transport/Swites.org.uk
  • Score: 13

3:01pm Thu 15 May 14

Jimport says...

Magor wrote:
No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.
Cynical, huffing negativity with nothing positive to offer anyone. Why make it City vs Spytty? Why make conflict where there needn't be any?Spytty for M&S and Tesco, fine. City for the cinema and Nandos, fine. Something for everyone, fantastic.
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.[/p][/quote]Cynical, huffing negativity with nothing positive to offer anyone. Why make it City vs Spytty? Why make conflict where there needn't be any?Spytty for M&S and Tesco, fine. City for the cinema and Nandos, fine. Something for everyone, fantastic. Jimport
  • Score: 3

3:56pm Thu 15 May 14

MERoden says...

This is excellent news for Newport. It is about time more people started supporting the city centre. People in Newport moan about the city centre, yet they do all their shopping at Newport Retail Park, Spytty, and Cwmbran like Major and 'The People's Republic of Newp' stated above. This does NOTHING to help Newport. Anyone that shops at Spytty and Cwmbran is contributing to the decline. It is about time people took more responsibility for their city.

Newport Council and the Developers are doing everything they can to re-develop Newport City Centre. What we need now is for the people of Newport to support it. The people are responsible as well. Heleninnewport sound positive. Well done. I am with you all the way here. We need more positive attitudes like this. Also well done Jimport above. We need more positive people like you two.

I am a strong supporter of city centre shopping. I never go to Spytty. I visited the new Marks & Spencer's store there once, and I can honestly say I will NEVER be there again. It is HORRIBLE. It is not like a Marks & Spencer store at all. It is more like a cheap warehouse or factory outlet!

Some people are simply too mean to pay a small amount in parking. Kingsway Car Park is free for the first two hours and even after that it is only £2 for up to 5 hours. That is really good value. It costs money to maintain car parks. They need to at least cover their costs.

So come on all those people who are still being negative. Grow up and start supporting your city more. This Friars Walk development will be great. I am really looking forward to it.
This is excellent news for Newport. It is about time more people started supporting the city centre. People in Newport moan about the city centre, yet they do all their shopping at Newport Retail Park, Spytty, and Cwmbran like Major and 'The People's Republic of Newp' stated above. This does NOTHING to help Newport. Anyone that shops at Spytty and Cwmbran is contributing to the decline. It is about time people took more responsibility for their city. Newport Council and the Developers are doing everything they can to re-develop Newport City Centre. What we need now is for the people of Newport to support it. The people are responsible as well. Heleninnewport sound positive. Well done. I am with you all the way here. We need more positive attitudes like this. Also well done Jimport above. We need more positive people like you two. I am a strong supporter of city centre shopping. I never go to Spytty. I visited the new Marks & Spencer's store there once, and I can honestly say I will NEVER be there again. It is HORRIBLE. It is not like a Marks & Spencer store at all. It is more like a cheap warehouse or factory outlet! Some people are simply too mean to pay a small amount in parking. Kingsway Car Park is free for the first two hours and even after that it is only £2 for up to 5 hours. That is really good value. It costs money to maintain car parks. They need to at least cover their costs. So come on all those people who are still being negative. Grow up and start supporting your city more. This Friars Walk development will be great. I am really looking forward to it. MERoden
  • Score: 15

5:04pm Thu 15 May 14

Magor says...

Walter Devereux wrote:
Magor wrote:
No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.
OK, so if it doesn't benefit you directly let's not do it eh? Great attitude!
Not just me its everyone I speak to.They are also car owners who wont pay to park in the centre of Newport when you can park for free in spytty, If you want to pay go to Cardiff or pay the bridge toll and go to cribbs.
[quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.[/p][/quote]OK, so if it doesn't benefit you directly let's not do it eh? Great attitude![/p][/quote]Not just me its everyone I speak to.They are also car owners who wont pay to park in the centre of Newport when you can park for free in spytty, If you want to pay go to Cardiff or pay the bridge toll and go to cribbs. Magor
  • Score: -2

6:33pm Thu 15 May 14

Gasguy says...

Magor wrote:
Walter Devereux wrote:
Magor wrote:
No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.
OK, so if it doesn't benefit you directly let's not do it eh? Great attitude!
Not just me its everyone I speak to.They are also car owners who wont pay to park in the centre of Newport when you can park for free in spytty, If you want to pay go to Cardiff or pay the bridge toll and go to cribbs.
It's everyone you speak to is it?
Strange, as an awful lot of the people I speak to as work around the Newport area are pleased that they will have a brand new city shopping centre to use.
Maybe 'all' the people you talk to are just as pessimistic as you are and equally non community spirited. Shame.
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.[/p][/quote]OK, so if it doesn't benefit you directly let's not do it eh? Great attitude![/p][/quote]Not just me its everyone I speak to.They are also car owners who wont pay to park in the centre of Newport when you can park for free in spytty, If you want to pay go to Cardiff or pay the bridge toll and go to cribbs.[/p][/quote]It's everyone you speak to is it? Strange, as an awful lot of the people I speak to as work around the Newport area are pleased that they will have a brand new city shopping centre to use. Maybe 'all' the people you talk to are just as pessimistic as you are and equally non community spirited. Shame. Gasguy
  • Score: 4

11:12pm Thu 15 May 14

ExNewport says...

Just wait until the chavs get there to urinate and spray graffiti just as they have always done. If I never go to Newport again it will be too soon!
Just wait until the chavs get there to urinate and spray graffiti just as they have always done. If I never go to Newport again it will be too soon! ExNewport
  • Score: 9

12:46am Fri 16 May 14

portman says...

free parking is a must at this development for a least the first few years until it beds itself in .And the argus should be at the for front in pushing for this to happen, let the campaign begin!
free parking is a must at this development for a least the first few years until it beds itself in .And the argus should be at the for front in pushing for this to happen, let the campaign begin! portman
  • Score: 34

7:31am Fri 16 May 14

bluebanana says...

The cost of fuel to get to Cwmbran and park for 'free' = £4

The cost of fuel to get to Newport centre and park for about £2 = £2

What I'm saying is, it probably costs the same to drive into town and pay the small amount for parking as it is to drive the further distance to Cwmbran and park for free. So as it's probably quicker to get into town (being closer), town wins.
The cost of fuel to get to Cwmbran and park for 'free' = £4 The cost of fuel to get to Newport centre and park for about £2 = £2 What I'm saying is, it probably costs the same to drive into town and pay the small amount for parking as it is to drive the further distance to Cwmbran and park for free. So as it's probably quicker to get into town (being closer), town wins. bluebanana
  • Score: -14

7:34am Fri 16 May 14

inkyskin says...

Newport DOES have free parking!! -Kingsway is 2 hours FREE parking (Mon-Sat, 7am-6pm), not being funny but i've never spent more than 2 hours shopping, jeez people..what are you buying that takes over 2 hours to get!?..and this is coming from a woman and you guys know what we're like when let loose with a bank card!
Newport DOES have free parking!! -Kingsway is 2 hours FREE parking (Mon-Sat, 7am-6pm), not being funny but i've never spent more than 2 hours shopping, jeez people..what are you buying that takes over 2 hours to get!?..and this is coming from a woman and you guys know what we're like when let loose with a bank card! inkyskin
  • Score: -9

8:06am Fri 16 May 14

portman says...

agree! at least 2 hrs must be free !
agree! at least 2 hrs must be free ! portman
  • Score: 9

1:12pm Fri 16 May 14

cymruamblyth says...

MERoden wrote:
This is excellent news for Newport. It is about time more people started supporting the city centre. People in Newport moan about the city centre, yet they do all their shopping at Newport Retail Park, Spytty, and Cwmbran like Major and 'The People's Republic of Newp' stated above. This does NOTHING to help Newport. Anyone that shops at Spytty and Cwmbran is contributing to the decline. It is about time people took more responsibility for their city.

Newport Council and the Developers are doing everything they can to re-develop Newport City Centre. What we need now is for the people of Newport to support it. The people are responsible as well. Heleninnewport sound positive. Well done. I am with you all the way here. We need more positive attitudes like this. Also well done Jimport above. We need more positive people like you two.

I am a strong supporter of city centre shopping. I never go to Spytty. I visited the new Marks & Spencer's store there once, and I can honestly say I will NEVER be there again. It is HORRIBLE. It is not like a Marks & Spencer store at all. It is more like a cheap warehouse or factory outlet!

Some people are simply too mean to pay a small amount in parking. Kingsway Car Park is free for the first two hours and even after that it is only £2 for up to 5 hours. That is really good value. It costs money to maintain car parks. They need to at least cover their costs.

So come on all those people who are still being negative. Grow up and start supporting your city more. This Friars Walk development will be great. I am really looking forward to it.
I think the only person who needs to grow up here is you! People can shop/spend there hard earned cash where they like if they choose to shop in Spytty or Cwmbran so be it..

You like shopping in Newport, Magor prefers Spytty shop in Newport, simples (considering you hate the Spytty you never stop talking about it)! It makes you worse then the people your complaining about..

If you enjoy Newport who cares if somebody on the Internet doesn't, it's not spoiling your enjoyment of Newport or harming you in any real way.. Instead of insulting people why not list what shops that Newport has that Spytty doesn't... As other then Arnolds and some shop selling Records I can't think of any..
[quote][p][bold]MERoden[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news for Newport. It is about time more people started supporting the city centre. People in Newport moan about the city centre, yet they do all their shopping at Newport Retail Park, Spytty, and Cwmbran like Major and 'The People's Republic of Newp' stated above. This does NOTHING to help Newport. Anyone that shops at Spytty and Cwmbran is contributing to the decline. It is about time people took more responsibility for their city. Newport Council and the Developers are doing everything they can to re-develop Newport City Centre. What we need now is for the people of Newport to support it. The people are responsible as well. Heleninnewport sound positive. Well done. I am with you all the way here. We need more positive attitudes like this. Also well done Jimport above. We need more positive people like you two. I am a strong supporter of city centre shopping. I never go to Spytty. I visited the new Marks & Spencer's store there once, and I can honestly say I will NEVER be there again. It is HORRIBLE. It is not like a Marks & Spencer store at all. It is more like a cheap warehouse or factory outlet! Some people are simply too mean to pay a small amount in parking. Kingsway Car Park is free for the first two hours and even after that it is only £2 for up to 5 hours. That is really good value. It costs money to maintain car parks. They need to at least cover their costs. So come on all those people who are still being negative. Grow up and start supporting your city more. This Friars Walk development will be great. I am really looking forward to it.[/p][/quote]I think the only person who needs to grow up here is you! People can shop/spend there hard earned cash where they like if they choose to shop in Spytty or Cwmbran so be it.. You like shopping in Newport, Magor prefers Spytty shop in Newport, simples (considering you hate the Spytty you never stop talking about it)! It makes you worse then the people your complaining about.. If you enjoy Newport who cares if somebody on the Internet doesn't, it's not spoiling your enjoyment of Newport or harming you in any real way.. Instead of insulting people why not list what shops that Newport has that Spytty doesn't... As other then Arnolds and some shop selling Records I can't think of any.. cymruamblyth
  • Score: 17

1:13pm Fri 16 May 14

cath 872 says...

Meroden
You are right. The M&S at Spytty is horrible. I have contacted their head office asking if we are going to get a city centre store but they didn't confirm or deny......
Meroden You are right. The M&S at Spytty is horrible. I have contacted their head office asking if we are going to get a city centre store but they didn't confirm or deny...... cath 872
  • Score: -17

3:19pm Fri 16 May 14

Good Job No Kids says...

The People's Republic of Newp wrote:
Magor wrote:
No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.
Taking that statement to its logical conclusion, just go online and never leave the house.

Personally, I'm quite excited by the juxtaposition of classic architecture and new shopping mall, surely better than strolling up and down the length of a soulless Spytty, which is wholly devoid of any aesthetic value or, more importantly, the niche stores, private SMEs, residential quarters and boutiques that look to appear alongside NCCs investment in the tow... city centre.
Staying in is arguably preferable to Newport Town Centre over the last few years, will this development really make much difference? Might look nice for 6 months but after that?

Most will still go to Cardiff or cribbs as there is and always will be more variety, better places to eat, nicer people and generally a better experience.

However my biggest concern is that Queensbury will not be able to secure a sufficient refinancing deal and NCC will be lumbered with the debt for the foreseeable future.

Perhaps a freedom of information request should be submitted by the argus to review if due diligence and risk assessments were carried out adequately and that some under qualified councillor hasn't helped this scheme along as a personal quest or maybe they are related to a QRE share holder? Stranger more corrupt things have happened.
[quote][p][bold]The People's Republic of Newp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: No benefit to me I can buy everything I need at Spytty.[/p][/quote]Taking that statement to its logical conclusion, just go online and never leave the house. Personally, I'm quite excited by the juxtaposition of classic architecture and new shopping mall, surely better than strolling up and down the length of a soulless Spytty, which is wholly devoid of any aesthetic value or, more importantly, the niche stores, private SMEs, residential quarters and boutiques that look to appear alongside NCCs investment in the tow... city centre.[/p][/quote]Staying in is arguably preferable to Newport Town Centre over the last few years, will this development really make much difference? Might look nice for 6 months but after that? Most will still go to Cardiff or cribbs as there is and always will be more variety, better places to eat, nicer people and generally a better experience. However my biggest concern is that Queensbury will not be able to secure a sufficient refinancing deal and NCC will be lumbered with the debt for the foreseeable future. Perhaps a freedom of information request should be submitted by the argus to review if due diligence and risk assessments were carried out adequately and that some under qualified councillor hasn't helped this scheme along as a personal quest or maybe they are related to a QRE share holder? Stranger more corrupt things have happened. Good Job No Kids
  • Score: 27

6:25pm Fri 16 May 14

inkyskin says...

cath 872 wrote:
Meroden
You are right. The M&S at Spytty is horrible. I have contacted their head office asking if we are going to get a city centre store but they didn't confirm or deny......
rumour has it that they're coming back to the city centre, apparently the spytty store hasn't taken off like they hoped it would.
[quote][p][bold]cath 872[/bold] wrote: Meroden You are right. The M&S at Spytty is horrible. I have contacted their head office asking if we are going to get a city centre store but they didn't confirm or deny......[/p][/quote]rumour has it that they're coming back to the city centre, apparently the spytty store hasn't taken off like they hoped it would. inkyskin
  • Score: -24

7:46pm Sat 17 May 14

Independentvoter says...

cath 872 wrote:
Meroden
You are right. The M&S at Spytty is horrible. I have contacted their head office asking if we are going to get a city centre store but they didn't confirm or deny......
If you are in a wheelchair - Don't bother going to M+S in Spytty. The owners of the site have no idea what their customers want - they have put the disabled parking bays in the middle of the car park - IDIOTS !!!

Disabled people have no choice but to dodge 2 way traffic to cross the road to get to the shops.... but hey do they care???? No, not even after many complaints to head office. I know its an accident waiting to happen to a disabled person and if one does happen then I hope the full force of the law is thrown at the owners because they have been warned that this is dangerous and hazardous for disabled customers but they have chosen to completely ignore safety.

You are better off sticking to the City Centre.
[quote][p][bold]cath 872[/bold] wrote: Meroden You are right. The M&S at Spytty is horrible. I have contacted their head office asking if we are going to get a city centre store but they didn't confirm or deny......[/p][/quote]If you are in a wheelchair - Don't bother going to M+S in Spytty. The owners of the site have no idea what their customers want - they have put the disabled parking bays in the middle of the car park - IDIOTS !!! Disabled people have no choice but to dodge 2 way traffic to cross the road to get to the shops.... but hey do they care???? No, not even after many complaints to head office. I know its an accident waiting to happen to a disabled person and if one does happen then I hope the full force of the law is thrown at the owners because they have been warned that this is dangerous and hazardous for disabled customers but they have chosen to completely ignore safety. You are better off sticking to the City Centre. Independentvoter
  • Score: -26

7:52pm Mon 19 May 14

emmaw86 says...

They can throw whatever money they want at it but it won't sort out the underlying problem which is that the place is a dive. All very well having a shiny new shopping centre but when you step out onto say Commercial Rd for example, and your hit with the overflowing bins, litter everywhere, people drunk and hanging around pub doorways its not really conducive to a pleasant shopping experience is it. It doesn't even feel safe!

Personally I'll continue to go elsewhere. A nandos and a debenhams will not persuade me otherwise!
They can throw whatever money they want at it but it won't sort out the underlying problem which is that the place is a dive. All very well having a shiny new shopping centre but when you step out onto say Commercial Rd for example, and your hit with the overflowing bins, litter everywhere, people drunk and hanging around pub doorways its not really conducive to a pleasant shopping experience is it. It doesn't even feel safe! Personally I'll continue to go elsewhere. A nandos and a debenhams will not persuade me otherwise! emmaw86
  • Score: -5

12:51am Tue 20 May 14

JJ1980 says...

Great, the development is moving along nicely. How long before we can add the drunk tramps, crackhead street robbers, tattooed idiots with pit bulls on steroids, "50p for the bus mate" beggars, Eastern European beggars, violent teenagers and heroin addict shoplifters?

It is Newport after all.
Great, the development is moving along nicely. How long before we can add the drunk tramps, crackhead street robbers, tattooed idiots with pit bulls on steroids, "50p for the bus mate" beggars, Eastern European beggars, violent teenagers and heroin addict shoplifters? It is Newport after all. JJ1980
  • Score: -4

10:45am Wed 21 May 14

displayed says...

"However my biggest concern is that Queensbury will not be able to secure a sufficient refinancing deal and NCC will be lumbered with the debt for the foreseeable future."

Who ever heard of a city council borrowing an lending £90m, just so the developers can build a shoppin complex!

They must have been level headed to get things squared up like that!
"However my biggest concern is that Queensbury will not be able to secure a sufficient refinancing deal and NCC will be lumbered with the debt for the foreseeable future." Who ever heard of a city council borrowing an lending £90m, just so the developers can build a shoppin complex! They must have been level headed to get things squared up like that! displayed
  • Score: -1

2:25pm Wed 21 May 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

cath 872 wrote:
Meroden
You are right. The M&S at Spytty is horrible. I have contacted their head office asking if we are going to get a city centre store but they didn't confirm or deny......
Agree.
I don't understand the negatives on your post.
I like M&S, but that store in Spytty is the worst that I have ever seen.
Could it be that this was meant as a temporary store (as it certainly looks like it) until they open a brand new one in the new development?
[quote][p][bold]cath 872[/bold] wrote: Meroden You are right. The M&S at Spytty is horrible. I have contacted their head office asking if we are going to get a city centre store but they didn't confirm or deny......[/p][/quote]Agree. I don't understand the negatives on your post. I like M&S, but that store in Spytty is the worst that I have ever seen. Could it be that this was meant as a temporary store (as it certainly looks like it) until they open a brand new one in the new development? Cymru Am Beth
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