I MUST write to emphatically agree with Councillor Herbie Thomas. Newport city has been systematically mismanaged by councillors of all political persuasions. Through this economic recession car parking should have been free, reduced rates for traders in the city centre. More emphasis on attracting new shops, not fast-food outlets. The Valleys rail link has been fought for by the AMs who represent the Newport area and they should be ashamed.

John Barnes Newbridge