Sir Terry could help Newport
2:54pm Tuesday 8th January 2013 in Letters
THE next seven years are likely to be the most critical in Newport’s 700-year history. The regeneration of the city centre is, of course, of great importance. However, it is not the only factor in Newport’s regeneration program. Over the last 100 years Newport has, in my opinion, been led by persons with little, or no, strategic planning ability. Time and time again, Newport has been out-manoeuvred by Cardiff’s leaders. Consequently, particularly over the last 50 years or so, Newport has lost a considerable amount of its social and cultural attraction. The city centre has become drab and dismal, and a scary place to socialise (particularly for the over 50s) for many years. Newport desperately needs leadership of the highest quality – people with foresight and resolve. Sir Terry Matthews is, perhaps, one such leader. Sir Terry is considering whether to build a large convention centre at the Celtic Manor. It could attract many of the ‘movers and shakers’ of the world.
Brian Hayes Clearwell Court Newport