City streets just a mess

First published in Letters

WE spent a day in Newport shopping last week and I have never seen such a mess anywhere in the UK.

In Newport centre it seemed that every street is under repair down the High Street,Commercial Street, and John Frost Square, with barriers etc blocking roads and pavements. In these difficult times does the council not realise that this creates a negative impression for shoppers and visitors that is unlikely to bring return trades? If they don’t come back the ‘city’ has no future.

Peter Iles, Kensington Park, Magor

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6:23pm Wed 31 Oct 12

chris227 says...

unfortunately money that would of been spent on refurbishing the shanty town in years gone by now goes into running the huge bureaucracy that is called the WAG . the 1st minister reminds me of robert mugabe spending the money of the poorest nation in western europe on lavish offices and salaries for him and his cronies well the rest of wales lies in a terrible mess.
unfortunately money that would of been spent on refurbishing the shanty town in years gone by now goes into running the huge bureaucracy that is called the WAG . the 1st minister reminds me of robert mugabe spending the money of the poorest nation in western europe on lavish offices and salaries for him and his cronies well the rest of wales lies in a terrible mess. chris227
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7:06pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Mervyn James says...

I despair for anyone in Newport these days. There must be a tipping point whereby Newport is closed for any viable business, I wonder how near we now are to that point ? How many more closures can the city centre take ? I gather these aren't just repairs, but 'updates' and trying to brighten the centre up. But without somewhere to shop, you have to ask are the priorities right. We need to stop any more out of town areas setting up, to encourage traders back to the centre. However traders are being priced right OUT of Newport CC thus cutting their own throats. Newport would rather have charity and coffee/pound shops than any sort of variety, no wonder we are in the mess we are. Critically no changes are in sight,oh dear......
I despair for anyone in Newport these days. There must be a tipping point whereby Newport is closed for any viable business, I wonder how near we now are to that point ? How many more closures can the city centre take ? I gather these aren't just repairs, but 'updates' and trying to brighten the centre up. But without somewhere to shop, you have to ask are the priorities right. We need to stop any more out of town areas setting up, to encourage traders back to the centre. However traders are being priced right OUT of Newport CC thus cutting their own throats. Newport would rather have charity and coffee/pound shops than any sort of variety, no wonder we are in the mess we are. Critically no changes are in sight,oh dear...... Mervyn James
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10:14pm Fri 2 Nov 12

rhyjo91 says...

For your info the high streets being in the constructional state that they just happen to be in at the moment is because apart from that gas pipe hole or what ever it is that is being repaired the cities highstreet are being refurbished at long last. maybe you would know this if you would even think to stop ripping in to the city and i dont even care if your from this city or not, try being optomistic. all this stupid and pathetic pessimism and negativity toward Newport is really getting on my nerves. Yes the city has gone without for too long but that doesn't mean it will allways be like that. Us Newport people are suposed to be very proud people and yet from half the discraceful rubbish that i've been hearing even thow some sort of regeneration is finally getting under way is not called being proud. The city of Newport needs all the **** help and support it can possibly get NOT stupid negative rubbish and disgusting criticism. All this pessimism has got to stop. Every city will have its peek time and its down time and Newport has just been going through a down time, thats all. It's not the end of the world.
For your info the high streets being in the constructional state that they just happen to be in at the moment is because apart from that gas pipe hole or what ever it is that is being repaired the cities highstreet are being refurbished at long last. maybe you would know this if you would even think to stop ripping in to the city and i dont even care if your from this city or not, try being optomistic. all this stupid and pathetic pessimism and negativity toward Newport is really getting on my nerves. Yes the city has gone without for too long but that doesn't mean it will allways be like that. Us Newport people are suposed to be very proud people and yet from half the discraceful rubbish that i've been hearing even thow some sort of regeneration is finally getting under way is not called being proud. The city of Newport needs all the **** help and support it can possibly get NOT stupid negative rubbish and disgusting criticism. All this pessimism has got to stop. Every city will have its peek time and its down time and Newport has just been going through a down time, thats all. It's not the end of the world. rhyjo91
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10:40pm Tue 13 Nov 12

maindeegirl says...

Well said - at last some sense
Well said - at last some sense maindeegirl
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10:40pm Tue 13 Nov 12

maindeegirl says...

Well said - at last some sense
Well said - at last some sense maindeegirl
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