12:40pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Letters
MUCH has been written about the desecration of the Newport Chartist Mural. As an outsider who lives some 16 miles north of Newport, I have been shocked at the appalling way Newport City Council has destroyed this remarkable mural. This mural is as much a part of Newport’s industrial, social, and political history, as it is the industrial, social, and political history of the south Wales eastern valleys.
Even more amazing was an alleged quote by the council that a replica of the mural will be built elsewhere in the city.
This is a bit like saying destroy the ‘Mona Lisa’, produce a replica, and all will be well.
Newport City Council’s quest to modernise the city, which I hope will succeed, it will produce much needed employment and a boost for the city of Newport, and the south Wales eastern area economies in general.
The city council has missed the bigger picture.
The council needs to preserve its heritage to show to the outside world how far the city has travelled and changed through the ages. If this attitude keeps on I shudder to think what will happen to the castle, the medieval boat, and the iconic Newport Transporter Bridge.
Wayne Thomas Monmouth Walk Markham
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