How to rejuvenate the city

READERS of Letters in the South Wales Argus will know I have been a staunch advocate for my home town/city for many years. Week after week, year after year there are complaints about the state of the city centre and the plight of the traders.

I have repeated many times in my letters that until there are attractions in the city centre for people to come and see on a regular basis, then the city centre is probably doomed to failure. Flashy shops will not attract folk. What civilised folk want is somewhere you can visit for entertainment and socialising (a decent-sized theatre/concert hall, a decent-sized museum and art gallery, family-friendly pubs and restaurants free of drug addicts and binge drinkers) and safe public transport. There will always be a demand for small, specialised businesses and shops in any city centre and, perhaps, food co-operatives and such, say, in Newport market. There are areas which need redevelopment, such as Baneswell and the areas around Kingsway and Clytha Park. Many new homes could be built in these areas and some parts turned into public spaces. An inner ring road around the city centre to make it more accessible is long overdue.

Brian Hayes, Clearwell Court, Bassaleg, Newport

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3:10pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Adrian Williams says...

"a decent-sized theatre/concert hall" - we already have two - The Riverfront and the Newport Centre
"a decent-sized theatre/concert hall" - we already have two - The Riverfront and the Newport Centre Adrian Williams

4:05pm Wed 19 Sep 12

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

I'm constantly surprised by the number of people in the city centre considering there are so few reasons to attract them.
The redevelopment plans need to be put into action - what's causing the apathy and criticism from the public is that they are fed up with " jam tomorrow ".
The real issue is that people are fed up with plans for the future, they want action NOW. Instead all the talk is about 2015 the last I heard - ridiculous. The Germans or Japanese would have re-built the city centre in a little more than a weekend!
I'm constantly surprised by the number of people in the city centre considering there are so few reasons to attract them. The redevelopment plans need to be put into action - what's causing the apathy and criticism from the public is that they are fed up with " jam tomorrow ". The real issue is that people are fed up with plans for the future, they want action NOW. Instead all the talk is about 2015 the last I heard - ridiculous. The Germans or Japanese would have re-built the city centre in a little more than a weekend! lowandhardandinthecorner

8:41pm Wed 19 Sep 12

chris227 says...

work will start next year promise, i imagine most that visit the town are to sign on every fourtnight
work will start next year promise, i imagine most that visit the town are to sign on every fourtnight chris227

9:59pm Thu 20 Sep 12

regescu72 says...

Face facts Newport city centre is doomed to be derelict within 5 years! If people want to see the effect of retail shopping centres on the outskirts of any town, visit Newport.
Newport the dole metropolis of Wales!!
Face facts Newport city centre is doomed to be derelict within 5 years! If people want to see the effect of retail shopping centres on the outskirts of any town, visit Newport. Newport the dole metropolis of Wales!! regescu72

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