City centre is a sinking ship

TITANIC hit a single iceberg and sank, and crew got the lifeboats away. Newport City Council has hit numerous icebergs in granting planning for endless supermarkets and retail parks.

If Newport council was in charge of the Titanic, it would have done refits while it sank instead of getting out the lifeboats, judging by the badly timed and questionable refit of street furniture, old market car park and other such expensive works. There is a time limit for works to get the required funding, but why the rush to start all this work around the festive season when as I understand the work had to be started before April to comply? The rescue ship in the form of the long overdue John Frost Square area redevelopment, talks of rescue come out at regular periods with Debenhams and Cineworld being the anchors. Problem is Debenhams has been saying it’s coming to Newport for approximately 50 years. So why now, when Newport is about to sink? Why didn’t it come in better times? To be fair to Newport council, it only controls 20 per cent of shops in Newport, unlike other towns and cities, but what it does control it doesn’t lead by example.

Ray Clayton Monnow Way Newport

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1:00pm Mon 31 Dec 12

portforever says...

we must try to be positive about all of it newport needs a big boost and hopefully this will be it, if these large companies dont come the future is not that bright for the city centre..
we must try to be positive about all of it newport needs a big boost and hopefully this will be it, if these large companies dont come the future is not that bright for the city centre.. portforever

5:12pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Dolieboy says...

I had to venture into the cesspit earlier today. After negotiating my way past people who were carrying golfing umberellas and blocking the subways, I was confronted by vacant faced zombie heading towards me. He was one of the few drunks in the city centre. Avoiding the dog fouling, which at least was next to the tree outside superdrug I made my way to the market. Unbelievably outside the taxi office there was a mother undoing her sons jeans so he could urinate next to the statue of the pig. - The time being 11.30. Merthyr used to have a bad reputation, but now Merthyr is way ahead of middle earth.
I had to venture into the cesspit earlier today. After negotiating my way past people who were carrying golfing umberellas and blocking the subways, I was confronted by vacant faced zombie heading towards me. He was one of the few drunks in the city centre. Avoiding the dog fouling, which at least was next to the tree outside superdrug I made my way to the market. Unbelievably outside the taxi office there was a mother undoing her sons jeans so he could urinate next to the statue of the pig. - The time being 11.30. Merthyr used to have a bad reputation, but now Merthyr is way ahead of middle earth. Dolieboy

6:33pm Mon 31 Dec 12

merlin the silure says...

Merthyr is heaven compared to the hellhole that is Newport
Merthyr is heaven compared to the hellhole that is Newport merlin the silure

11:03am Tue 1 Jan 13

Oriel Bufton says...

I can see I'm somewhat out of touch - I thought Newport had already sunk! As for Debenhams going to Newport, Don't be silly, why on earth would they want to spend oodles of money on going there when there are many other towns and cities with far better prospects for making money than the city dump that is Newport? The big superstores are in it to make money - they're not charities! Expecting Debenhams to arrive in Newport and resurrect it, is ridiculous in the extreme! What Newport needs is a team of successful business men and women who know how to use money to the best advantage, not a bunch of arrogant, cloth eared lefties who just love pouring other peoples money into bags with holes in! (See Haggai chapter 1 verse 6)
I can see I'm somewhat out of touch - I thought Newport had already sunk! As for Debenhams going to Newport, Don't be silly, why on earth would they want to spend oodles of money on going there when there are many other towns and cities with far better prospects for making money than the city dump that is Newport? The big superstores are in it to make money - they're not charities! Expecting Debenhams to arrive in Newport and resurrect it, is ridiculous in the extreme! What Newport needs is a team of successful business men and women who know how to use money to the best advantage, not a bunch of arrogant, cloth eared lefties who just love pouring other peoples money into bags with holes in! (See Haggai chapter 1 verse 6) Oriel Bufton

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