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