Centre looks like war zone

 I paid one of my increasingly occasional visits to Newport’s town centre the other day. What a scene of devastation. As if the town – sorry, city (still don’t get it) – hasn’t suffered enough already. Have we a death wish or has someone on the council insulted a municipal witch doctor somewhere?

It’s all very well for our few remaining loyal traders to make last-ditch contingencies or maintain a Blitz mentality, but this isn’t the work of the Luftwaffe. It’s the incompetent machinations of a disinterested gas board that couldn’t give a damn. Come on, Newport! It’s time to put the proverbial boot up a complacent backside.

Julian R Powell, Larch Grove, Newport

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6:04pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Owain Vaughan says...

What is the purpose of this letter? The overrunning gas works are well known. Try and stick up for your city instead of running it down all the time!
What is the purpose of this letter? The overrunning gas works are well known. Try and stick up for your city instead of running it down all the time! Owain Vaughan

8:43pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Dixie Smith says...

Owain

I too have been into Newport City Centre and we have to face reality. There are steel barriers everywhere, no workmen at all in sight on the McDonalds/Greggs side of the works and on the otherside (outside Starbucks) a couple of workmen were washing the pavement meaning muddy water was running everywhere. You actually have to have workmen working to finish the works. I feel so sorry for the trades people of the town they have no chance of increased trade as I was dodging around barriers, mud, dirty water and you just couldn't get where you wanted to go. I still shop in the Newport but today was the pits. The place looks a mess and now amount of upbeat talk is going to change the reality of the situation.
Owain I too have been into Newport City Centre and we have to face reality. There are steel barriers everywhere, no workmen at all in sight on the McDonalds/Greggs side of the works and on the otherside (outside Starbucks) a couple of workmen were washing the pavement meaning muddy water was running everywhere. You actually have to have workmen working to finish the works. I feel so sorry for the trades people of the town they have no chance of increased trade as I was dodging around barriers, mud, dirty water and you just couldn't get where you wanted to go. I still shop in the Newport but today was the pits. The place looks a mess and now amount of upbeat talk is going to change the reality of the situation. Dixie Smith

9:59am Sat 8 Sep 12

chris227 says...

most councils charge per day when the road is dug up but i suspect due to the massive incompetence of the council no such framework was put in place
most councils charge per day when the road is dug up but i suspect due to the massive incompetence of the council no such framework was put in place chris227

12:47pm Sat 8 Sep 12

merlin the silure says...

Owain Vaughan wrote:
What is the purpose of this letter? The overrunning gas works are well known. Try and stick up for your city instead of running it down all the time!
"stick up for your city"-your having a laugh are'nt you? Newport makes downtown Aleppo in Syria look good!
[quote][p][bold]Owain Vaughan[/bold] wrote: What is the purpose of this letter? The overrunning gas works are well known. Try and stick up for your city instead of running it down all the time![/p][/quote]"stick up for your city"-your having a laugh are'nt you? Newport makes downtown Aleppo in Syria look good! merlin the silure

4:21pm Sat 8 Sep 12

chris227 says...

the shop keepers in the town should all band together and refuse to pay their business rates then well see how the 100k plus boys and girls at the council can carry on drawing their wages.
the shop keepers in the town should all band together and refuse to pay their business rates then well see how the 100k plus boys and girls at the council can carry on drawing their wages. chris227

5:47pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Dai37 says...

Good point Chris.
If their salaries were dependent on their performance then we might get somewhere. As it is we will have an expensively paved wasteland only any use to skateboarders.
They are all to busy trying to get Traveller camps in their rivals constituencies by the look of it.
It is embarrassing to watch.
Where are the business men for Gods sake
Good point Chris. If their salaries were dependent on their performance then we might get somewhere. As it is we will have an expensively paved wasteland only any use to skateboarders. They are all to busy trying to get Traveller camps in their rivals constituencies by the look of it. It is embarrassing to watch. Where are the business men for Gods sake Dai37

12:05am Sun 9 Sep 12

chris227 says...

the sad truth is like most public sector jobs your cannot get sacked laid off or made redundant however bad job you do. Newport council are like a football team that get religated season after season but the manger keeps his job
the sad truth is like most public sector jobs your cannot get sacked laid off or made redundant however bad job you do. Newport council are like a football team that get religated season after season but the manger keeps his job chris227

8:04pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Radio Wales says...

Stick up for our city? Hmmm, what city would that be?
The last time I went to town was to admire the Clock and Chartist mural.
Everyone else goes to Cwmbran.
By the time Newport finally gains a city centre worth visiting, everyone will have forgotten where it is and become too used to Cwmbran's free parking to want to give it up.
Stick up for our city? Hmmm, what city would that be? The last time I went to town was to admire the Clock and Chartist mural. Everyone else goes to Cwmbran. By the time Newport finally gains a city centre worth visiting, everyone will have forgotten where it is and become too used to Cwmbran's free parking to want to give it up. Radio Wales

2:34pm Tue 18 Sep 12

Arco2012 says...

Dai37 has summed it up perfectly, this Council couldn't care less for the traders and residents of Newport, all they are doing is getting rid of the angst of the indignity of Newport actually allowing another party besides labour to run the City for 4 years!!
Dai37 has summed it up perfectly, this Council couldn't care less for the traders and residents of Newport, all they are doing is getting rid of the angst of the indignity of Newport actually allowing another party besides labour to run the City for 4 years!! Arco2012

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