City taskforce a great idea
3:02pm Wednesday 20th March 2013 in Letters
I WAS delighted to hear that the Welsh Government is setting up a taskforce to look at how to regenerate Newport city centre, and it is desperately needed.
The life has been draining out of the city centre for quite a while with big-name retailers heading out of town and strong competition for shoppers’ pounds from Cwmbran and Cardiff. A Freedom of Information request by my office recently gave an illustration of the extent of the problem over empty shops. I want to see a vibrant Newport and I hope this initiative will lead to an imaginative strategy. It is important that everyone pulls together in the future. I know that in Caerphilly county borough, for instance, the town managers work well with business in centres and also assist with other agencies to attract investment and businesses.
Lindsay Whittle AM Plaid Cymru South Wales East