Please get our city on its feet

ONCE again I am writing to you to say how angry and disappointed I am in the way we are treated as citizens of Newport. Our city, which is not worthy of being called a city had no celebrations for the jubilee, not a street party in sight.

Our bus station is a nightmare in itself. Where are all the false promises the council or whoever made to move it to a better location? It is the dirtiest and coldest place, people ride through on bikes with no-one patrolling the place to stop them, and what happened to the smoking ban?

As for our bus service, it is the worst in the country, never on time when you go to look for an inspector there is never one to be found, go to the office to enquire why the bus is late, to find it is shut.

Newport has got nothing going for it. It’s a good thing we’ve got Cwmbran and Cardiff to go to. So once again, I expect all of this will fall on deaf ears and be pushed under the carpet. Prove to me that someone out there is going to take notice of what we citizens want, to get Newport back on its feet.

Mrs Evans, Albert Avenue, Newport

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6:55pm Wed 20 Jun 12

Mervyn James says...

We are broke, plain and simple. Also health and safety laws prevented many taking place. Most of us feel the Jubilee low priority given there is no work, no shops and very little future about Newport. We have 6 charities giving food handouts to people who cannot afford to eat...
We are broke, plain and simple. Also health and safety laws prevented many taking place. Most of us feel the Jubilee low priority given there is no work, no shops and very little future about Newport. We have 6 charities giving food handouts to people who cannot afford to eat... Mervyn James

8:02am Thu 21 Jun 12

chris227 says...

merv i understand that newport is a very poor place, but 30 million was spent on that ridiculous train station and 5million on a foot bridge so residents of corporation road get a short cut to the pound shop. NOT MONEY WELL SPENT
merv i understand that newport is a very poor place, but 30 million was spent on that ridiculous train station and 5million on a foot bridge so residents of corporation road get a short cut to the pound shop. NOT MONEY WELL SPENT chris227

8:41am Thu 21 Jun 12

Mervyn James says...

The foot bridge looks good, but as you say I struggle to find a point for it. I am unsure who paid for the railway station, but the design was rubbish and there are lengthy walks and a booking office that is pathetic as an first image of Newport. I think it simply reflects where Newport is at... not a city, and not a place really to get off a train for. here is no pride about the whole thing it is all utilitarian and tin sheds.
The foot bridge looks good, but as you say I struggle to find a point for it. I am unsure who paid for the railway station, but the design was rubbish and there are lengthy walks and a booking office that is pathetic as an first image of Newport. I think it simply reflects where Newport is at... not a city, and not a place really to get off a train for. here is no pride about the whole thing it is all utilitarian and tin sheds. Mervyn James

11:27am Thu 21 Jun 12

Mr Angry says...

Bit of a chip on the old shoulder there I'd say.

Speaking as someone who catches 4 Buses a day the Bus service is pretty good, can't see what your problem is there.

Jubilee street parties, maybe people just wern't intrerested simple as that.

Bus station does need something done about it, and whilst the railway station needed upgrading that was not the way to do it. I'm a beliver that railway stations are fine Victorian Buildings, it upgrading should have been that way.

Newports not the best, but by no means the worst. So don't moan just for the sake of it.
Bit of a chip on the old shoulder there I'd say. Speaking as someone who catches 4 Buses a day the Bus service is pretty good, can't see what your problem is there. Jubilee street parties, maybe people just wern't intrerested simple as that. Bus station does need something done about it, and whilst the railway station needed upgrading that was not the way to do it. I'm a beliver that railway stations are fine Victorian Buildings, it upgrading should have been that way. Newports not the best, but by no means the worst. So don't moan just for the sake of it. Mr Angry

2:07pm Thu 21 Jun 12

Owain Vaughan says...

There were plenty of Jubilee street parties. I had an invitation to one but was on holiday for the bank holiday. The bus station is due to be redeveloped when Friars Walk is constructed.

As for the new station buildings and award-winning footbridge - neither of these was constructed with council money, so we can forget about the "not money well spent" argument. None of the Victorian station was demolished, but we now have step-free access to all platforms. Surely that is an improvement? The footbridge is also part of a work in progress to improve the banks of the River Usk - surely that is something we can all agree needs doing?

No, let's just moan about everything instead.
There were plenty of Jubilee street parties. I had an invitation to one but was on holiday for the bank holiday. The bus station is due to be redeveloped when Friars Walk is constructed. As for the new station buildings and award-winning footbridge - neither of these was constructed with council money, so we can forget about the "not money well spent" argument. None of the Victorian station was demolished, but we now have step-free access to all platforms. Surely that is an improvement? The footbridge is also part of a work in progress to improve the banks of the River Usk - surely that is something we can all agree needs doing? No, let's just moan about everything instead. Owain Vaughan

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