It’s been a week to forget for Newport traders and residents as three major retailers announced their withdrawal from the city centre. CIARAN JONES asks what’s gone wrong so soon after the Ryder Cup was supposed to boost the city’s fortunes
IT SHOULD be the ideal location. Positioned between Cardiff and Bristol and sitting on the M4, Newport seems perfectly placed for prosperity.
But following the planned withdrawal of major retailers Marks & Spencer, Next and Monsoon, from the city centre traders this week clashed with politicians over the city’s future.
City council leader Matthew Evans and Newport East Assembly Member John Griffiths were among a panel that were questioned by retailers in an event organised by Newport Chamber of Trade.
Members of the audience heckled the speakers during the course of Thursday’s event – and the anger was still in evidence yesterday as city traders called on the council to act now to prevent a terminal decline.
Losing M&S, Next & Monsoon from a town not to mention a city would be a disaster. If we in Wrecsam were to go down to Newport to research the benefits of city status what would we find? Not much by all accounts! The argument for city status for Wrecsam has suddenly become very weak.