TLC for arcade

First published in Letters

NEWPORT’S decades-long-promised Friar’s Walk £90 million retail and leisure development (Argus, April 10) finally has lift-off and will hopefully be completed by autumn 2015.

The High Street and Cambrian Road areas, including Newport’s indoor market, have had a long overdue partial face-lift and a successful mini-boom since the reintroduction of bus services around the market by the former Tory/Lib Dem coalition council.

A big blot on this landscape is the pigeon mess-infested and dilapidated appearance of the long neglected Market Arcade, which resembles a creepy and dingy scene from a scary Hitchcock film!

A few small popular businesses are soldiering on, but surely if Newport City Labour council can lend the Friars’ Walk developers £90 million, a council investment can be found for this arcade between Cambrian Road and High Street.

I wonder if Newport’s planners and councillors ever visit Newport’s centre or do they just see half a picture?

Brian Donovan Darlington Court Newport

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11:44am Tue 22 Apr 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Just wait until the budget overrun starts on friars walk.

Then comes the realisation that the developer cannot secure a refinancing deal and that NCC are then lumbered with guaranteeing the debt and servicing it for the foreseeable future.

The town centre should have been shut down and turned to residential and shopping relocated to spytty where half of the shops already are. Nobody goes into Newport City Centre unless they have to.
Just wait until the budget overrun starts on friars walk. Then comes the realisation that the developer cannot secure a refinancing deal and that NCC are then lumbered with guaranteeing the debt and servicing it for the foreseeable future. The town centre should have been shut down and turned to residential and shopping relocated to spytty where half of the shops already are. Nobody goes into Newport City Centre unless they have to. Good Job No Kids
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