Ridgeway loo could become cafe

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A DISUSED public shelter and toilets in Newport could be saved from being demolished as a local father dreams of opening a cafe on site.

Nigel Phillips, from local company Archery Estates Ltd, has submitted a planning application to transform the public convenience area at Ridgeway into a cafe.

The land, which sits adjacent to Allt-Yr-Yn Avenue, has been left unused in recent years but Mr Philips hopes he can turn the area around.

Father-of-two Mr Phillips said it was the mother of one of his daughter’s friends who first commented the shelter would make a good spot for a cafe.

The land was gifted to Newport Council by Tredegar Estate but has become the focus of some anti-social behaviour.

Mr Phillips said: “Newport Council had approached Tredegar Estate, where I also work, to say they wanted to knock it down but that seemed a shame.”

He decided to put in a planning application for the site with his business Archery Estates Ltd, which has been running for more than 15 years.

The business plans to invest around £25,000 into renovating the building.

It will then find a manager to put the cafe idea into action, or Mr Phillips said they will run it themselves.

Councillor David Fouweather, for Allt-Yr-Yn ward, said: “It is an excellent idea. But it has to be on one condition that it is only one building as we want to preserve the land”.

Mr Phillips said he hopes the application, which was submitted on July 18, will get to committee by October.

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8:37am Thu 31 Jul 14

displayed says...

Great idea, whos gonna protect it from the vandals when its closed, its a desolate area well away from the houses!

Unless its fortified, during non working hrs, its extremely vulnerable, putting in toughened glass, shutters, taking away any moveable stock, emptying the till over the weekends (or every nite) locking down any equipment and cctv mite help.

LIke I said great idea, and could become popular, but for the wrong reasons!

Having had problems in he past:
"but has become the focus of some anti-social behaviour. "

From 2007:
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RESIDENTS in Newport are demanding that a boarded-up toilet block is demolished because they say it is being blighted by vandals"

"City councillor David Fouweather is among those calling for the bulldozing of the dilapidated building on the Ridgeway, Allt-Yr-Yn."

"Residents say it is time their local authority took steps to combat anti-social behaviour problems and inappropriate sexual activity at the block which is about 60 years old and was boarded up several years ago."

Its taken all this time for Councillor Fouweather to take some positive steps to this area, prompted by a local businessman!

Well we shall c!
Great idea, whos gonna protect it from the vandals when its closed, its a desolate area well away from the houses! Unless its fortified, during non working hrs, its extremely vulnerable, putting in toughened glass, shutters, taking away any moveable stock, emptying the till over the weekends (or every nite) locking down any equipment and cctv mite help. LIke I said great idea, and could become popular, but for the wrong reasons! Having had problems in he past: "but has become the focus of some anti-social behaviour. " From 2007: http://www.southwale sargus.co.uk/news/14 56145.Residents_dema nd_toilet_is_demolis hed/ RESIDENTS in Newport are demanding that a boarded-up toilet block is demolished because they say it is being blighted by vandals" "City councillor David Fouweather is among those calling for the bulldozing of the dilapidated building on the Ridgeway, Allt-Yr-Yn." "Residents say it is time their local authority took steps to combat anti-social behaviour problems and inappropriate sexual activity at the block which is about 60 years old and was boarded up several years ago." Its taken all this time for Councillor Fouweather to take some positive steps to this area, prompted by a local businessman! Well we shall c! displayed
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2:45pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Musing Militant says...

Sometimes cake just does taste stale and tea like p^**.
Sometimes cake just does taste stale and tea like p^**. Musing Militant
  • Score: -7

7:32pm Thu 31 Jul 14

rover100rich says...

yeah , more like i spend 25 g on doing it up then apply for a change to a residence , i reckon theres more to this than meets the eye
yeah , more like i spend 25 g on doing it up then apply for a change to a residence , i reckon theres more to this than meets the eye rover100rich
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9:45pm Thu 31 Jul 14

keithbob says...

negative comments as per usual.think of the elderly who live in the area who would appreciate something like this.as well as a known beauty spot popular place for a short break.
negative comments as per usual.think of the elderly who live in the area who would appreciate something like this.as well as a known beauty spot popular place for a short break. keithbob
  • Score: 8

10:13pm Thu 31 Jul 14

pwharley says...

A great idea by Nigel Phillips.

Let's hope he remembers to offer a loo in the cafe for customers!
A great idea by Nigel Phillips. Let's hope he remembers to offer a loo in the cafe for customers! pwharley
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10:16pm Thu 31 Jul 14

blackandamber says...

I hung out there when I was a kid with my mates 50 years ago. But sadly the worlds a different place today.
I hung out there when I was a kid with my mates 50 years ago. But sadly the worlds a different place today. blackandamber
  • Score: 1

10:50pm Thu 31 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

Quite the Ridgeway youth late night "courting" spot back in the day! If those walls could talk. Just as well they cant!
Quite the Ridgeway youth late night "courting" spot back in the day! If those walls could talk. Just as well they cant! KarloMarko
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