Track concern

First published in Letters

HAVING watched the television programme about the proposed motor racing circuit in Blaenau Gwent, I would like to make some comments.

The Welsh Government along with Newport City Council has made massive investment into the Newport Medieval Ship since its find in 2002. Newport City Council commissioned a Colliers Report, when looking to the future of the ship. This independent report predicted, that once reconstructed and on display in a purpose-built museum it would attract 100,000 visitors a year.

This would attract a vast amount of spend into the local economy bringing a good steady return on any investment.

We have the ship and the conservation is well on the way to completion. From the UK and worldwide interest that has always been there the future is certain if support continues.

Compare this with the uncertainty that surrounds the plans to build a race track in Blaenau Gwent.

It is an amazing location for walking, admiring the views, and enjoying the fresh air on good days.

But the site is so high the climate can bring unpredictable weather which could cause timetables to be cancelled at great expense to the planners.

So is this a viable business for the Welsh Government to consider investing £30 million into?

Jean Gray Cwmbran

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3:58pm Sat 15 Mar 14

museumpiece says...

This project always seemed a bit "pie in the sky" to me. Now, with all the wet weather we just had, the knowledge that the site would be drained worries me. the moor acts as a holding facility for excess rain: what would happen if it all dained staight off, down the valley?
This project always seemed a bit "pie in the sky" to me. Now, with all the wet weather we just had, the knowledge that the site would be drained worries me. the moor acts as a holding facility for excess rain: what would happen if it all dained staight off, down the valley? museumpiece
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12:08pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Bobevans says...

museumpiece wrote:
This project always seemed a bit "pie in the sky" to me. Now, with all the wet weather we just had, the knowledge that the site would be drained worries me. the moor acts as a holding facility for excess rain: what would happen if it all dained staight off, down the valley?
They are already asking the WAG for another £50M and an expert report has debunked the 6000 jobs claim and puts it at 600 with most being casual jobs on race days. They also have no events signed up. Sounds to me like a typical Grants scheme of holding out the carrot of a large number of jobs for a very speculative scheme with the aim of attracting grants. They have already had £2M from the WAG
[quote][p][bold]museumpiece[/bold] wrote: This project always seemed a bit "pie in the sky" to me. Now, with all the wet weather we just had, the knowledge that the site would be drained worries me. the moor acts as a holding facility for excess rain: what would happen if it all dained staight off, down the valley?[/p][/quote]They are already asking the WAG for another £50M and an expert report has debunked the 6000 jobs claim and puts it at 600 with most being casual jobs on race days. They also have no events signed up. Sounds to me like a typical Grants scheme of holding out the carrot of a large number of jobs for a very speculative scheme with the aim of attracting grants. They have already had £2M from the WAG Bobevans
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8:09am Wed 26 Mar 14

Bobevans says...

More pie in the Sky. If this is such a wonderful venture why do those not supporting it put their hands in their pockets and open it as a commercial venture?

I know why they will no. They no it will loss a fortune. They are always keen for others though to subsidise their interests
More pie in the Sky. If this is such a wonderful venture why do those not supporting it put their hands in their pockets and open it as a commercial venture? I know why they will no. They no it will loss a fortune. They are always keen for others though to subsidise their interests Bobevans
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