Newport not a suburb of Cardiff

I AM concerned at the suggestion of a recent Welsh government report that Newport should be included in the Cardiff city region for the purposes of attracting industry and commerce to South Wales.

I would hope that Newport council approaches this proposal with caution. Newport is a city with history and heritage.

I am afraid that if it is subsumed into some amorphous municipal mass, inevitably Cardiff dominated, it will lose its identity and also lose forever any chance of regaining its former glory.

There are already signs of recovery.

As part of ‘Greater Cardiff’, why would there be any further encouragement for the development of Newport city centre?

Why bother to encourage businesses to occupy the empty shops? Cardiff has them already and duplication surely makes no economic sense? I do not wish to see this great city being treated as a suburb of the mighty Cardiff.

I am all for co-operation between councils and Chambers of Commerce for the mutual benefit of all, but only provided that Newport gets its fair share of the cake.

S Davis, Alway, Newport

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2:11pm Fri 20 Jul 12

Owain Vaughan says...

I wholeheartedly agree. If (and it's a big if) this "city region" plan ever comes to fruition it should include Newport in the name.
I wholeheartedly agree. If (and it's a big if) this "city region" plan ever comes to fruition it should include Newport in the name. Owain Vaughan
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9:39am Sat 21 Jul 12

Mervyn James says...

Maybe they are accepting this is a 'city' that has no direction and no leadership and Cardiff (even Cwmbran), has. |I suggest Newport gives up 'City' status too,if only to stifle the constant derision it gets. Cardiff will get the funding, and Newport will get the advice. Mostly that advice will be get your act together. If they can send in 'hit' teams to failing schools, we need them for failing city councils too, why hasn't that 'hit' team been sent to Newport ?
Maybe they are accepting this is a 'city' that has no direction and no leadership and Cardiff (even Cwmbran), has. |I suggest Newport gives up 'City' status too,if only to stifle the constant derision it gets. Cardiff will get the funding, and Newport will get the advice. Mostly that advice will be get your act together. If they can send in 'hit' teams to failing schools, we need them for failing city councils too, why hasn't that 'hit' team been sent to Newport ? Mervyn James
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12:09am Tue 24 Jul 12

chris227 says...

if would be preferable for it to become a suburb of Cardiff and the town of Newport just dissolved it has a shocking name and it is little more than a shanty town that should be stripped of its city status
if would be preferable for it to become a suburb of Cardiff and the town of Newport just dissolved it has a shocking name and it is little more than a shanty town that should be stripped of its city status chris227
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