Newport loses out on Assembly cash, but Abergavenny chosen for business scheme

WELSH Government funding has been announced for a project to help boost businesses in Abergavenny - but a similar project in Newport city centre has been turned down.

Housing and regeneration minister Carl Sargeant yesterday announced that the town will receive £17.000 in funding to help local businesses establish a business improvement district (BID) plan.

A funding application from Newport was refused - but the president of the chamber of trade says it is not the end of the road with a ballot of firms planned for November.

BIDs are business funded schemes, set within a defined area, where firms pay a levy based on their rateable value.

Once set up the levy allows the BID to spend money on certain projects - with Swansea's BID running marketing campaigns, offers on car parking and projects to clean up the city's centre.

Abergavenny was one of nine areas which received funding worth £200.000 from Mr Sergeant, out of 14 applicants.

He said: "I'm pleased that we have been able to support so many prospective BIDs and I look forward to seeing the successful applicants working with local businesses, authorities and communities in order to develop.

"BIDs which can make a real difference to the areas they represent."

Monmouthshire County Council had advertised for consultants to advise the council on behalf of the Abergavenny BID group, on the potential for such a district to be established, back in November.

Alan Edwards, president of Newport chamber of trade and chairman of the Newport BID steering group, said he suspected the city would not get funding as Newport Unlimited have helped pay for a consultant to work on the project.

"There's no good reason why they couldn't have supported a Newport BID," other than the fact they received money from elsewhere, he said.

Consultants are currently conducting a feasibility study and will visit everyone in the BID area, asking them what they would like to see the project deliver.

Once set up, the BID company will have a management board made up of business owmers and representatives from Newport council.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: "This was a competitive bidding process with limited funding split between the applications which best matched the predetermined criteria.

"Unfortunately this meant that five areas were unsuccessful on this occasion."

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5:05pm Sat 25 Jan 14

PontyPeter says...

£17.000?
£200.000?

Don't you mean £17,000 and £200,000?
With a comma? Or are we going over to the European standard with a dot for the thousands and a comma for the decimal point?
£17.000? £200.000? Don't you mean £17,000 and £200,000? With a comma? Or are we going over to the European standard with a dot for the thousands and a comma for the decimal point? PontyPeter
  • Score: 10

8:00pm Sat 25 Jan 14

zooport37 says...

what on earth would anyone be able to achieve with such a pitiful amount of money. that would just about cover the tea boat funding for the committee during the consultations. if Newport city council wants to make some cash to help local traders; they should sell all the daft statues and structures (the wave and poet tramp) they should get triple the amount they were hoping for from the scrap market
what on earth would anyone be able to achieve with such a pitiful amount of money. that would just about cover the tea boat funding for the committee during the consultations. if Newport city council wants to make some cash to help local traders; they should sell all the daft statues and structures (the wave and poet tramp) they should get triple the amount they were hoping for from the scrap market zooport37
  • Score: -3

9:05pm Sat 25 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

its all political the WAG know even if they bombed Newport due to the huge benefit dependency in this run down squat of a town people would still vote for them
its all political the WAG know even if they bombed Newport due to the huge benefit dependency in this run down squat of a town people would still vote for them scraptheWAG
  • Score: -8

9:07pm Sat 25 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
its all political the WAG know even if they bombed Newport due to the huge benefit dependency in this run down squat of a town people would still vote for them
vote labour your father voted labour
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: its all political the WAG know even if they bombed Newport due to the huge benefit dependency in this run down squat of a town people would still vote for them[/p][/quote]vote labour your father voted labour scraptheWAG
  • Score: -4

11:18pm Sat 25 Jan 14

gingertom says...

What does the dame think of this?
What does the dame think of this? gingertom
  • Score: 4

6:14am Sun 26 Jan 14

gathin says...

Nothing.
Sure she's happy enough after many, many years making a lot on wages and expenses and the added bonus of getting a gold-plated pension and "consultancy work" from her mates.
Do you really think she gives a monkeys?
Nothing. Sure she's happy enough after many, many years making a lot on wages and expenses and the added bonus of getting a gold-plated pension and "consultancy work" from her mates. Do you really think she gives a monkeys? gathin
  • Score: 6

11:19am Sun 26 Jan 14

blackandamber says...

I think Newport and Monmouthshire should declare U D I and move to England
I think Newport and Monmouthshire should declare U D I and move to England blackandamber
  • Score: 4

3:54pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Jonnytrouble says...

gathin wrote:
Nothing.
Sure she's happy enough after many, many years making a lot on wages and expenses and the added bonus of getting a gold-plated pension and "consultancy work" from her mates.
Do you really think she gives a monkeys?
Well only the lady can answer that one,maybe the SWA could ask her for a comment if they dare ?
[quote][p][bold]gathin[/bold] wrote: Nothing. Sure she's happy enough after many, many years making a lot on wages and expenses and the added bonus of getting a gold-plated pension and "consultancy work" from her mates. Do you really think she gives a monkeys?[/p][/quote]Well only the lady can answer that one,maybe the SWA could ask her for a comment if they dare ? Jonnytrouble
  • Score: 2

6:16pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Robodad says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
its all political the WAG know even if they bombed Newport due to the huge benefit dependency in this run down squat of a town people would still vote for them
Don't you think that your posts would have more credibility if you moved with the times? What is the WAG that you keep on about scrapping? Is it that thing that has been scrapped and reborn as the Welsh Government?
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: its all political the WAG know even if they bombed Newport due to the huge benefit dependency in this run down squat of a town people would still vote for them[/p][/quote]Don't you think that your posts would have more credibility if you moved with the times? What is the WAG that you keep on about scrapping? Is it that thing that has been scrapped and reborn as the Welsh Government? Robodad
  • Score: 3

8:03pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Ian MacKinlay says...

PontyPeter wrote:
£17.000?
£200.000?

Don't you mean £17,000 and £200,000?
With a comma? Or are we going over to the European standard with a dot for the thousands and a comma for the decimal point?
Come on now. What do you expect? This is the Argus.
[quote][p][bold]PontyPeter[/bold] wrote: £17.000? £200.000? Don't you mean £17,000 and £200,000? With a comma? Or are we going over to the European standard with a dot for the thousands and a comma for the decimal point?[/p][/quote]Come on now. What do you expect? This is the Argus. Ian MacKinlay
  • Score: 4

8:12pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Ian MacKinlay says...

gingertom wrote:
What does the dame think of this?
See comment after next quote, as comment applies to two, (both), quotes.
[quote][p][bold]gingertom[/bold] wrote: What does the dame think of this?[/p][/quote]See comment after next quote, as comment applies to two, (both), quotes. Ian MacKinlay
  • Score: 0

8:33pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Ian MacKinlay says...

Jonnytrouble wrote:
gathin wrote:
Nothing.
Sure she's happy enough after many, many years making a lot on wages and expenses and the added bonus of getting a gold-plated pension and "consultancy work" from her mates.
Do you really think she gives a monkeys?
Well only the lady can answer that one,maybe the SWA could ask her for a comment if they dare ?
The persons, "gingertom" and "Jonnytrouble", both refer to the "dame" or "lady", and "gathin" just as "she", as the subject of their comments.

Some people reading these comments may think they know who "the dame", "the lady" or "she" is. However, I will bet that the great majority of people reading these comments will not know who it is that they are talking about.

I think it would be appropriate if "gingertom", "Jonnytrouble" and "gathin" explained to the general Argus readership who it is they are referring to.

The Argus Comment section is a valued forum provided by the Argus for the whole of its readership. It does not exist for a tiny "in group" to take anonymous swipes at each other while hiding behind pseudonyms.
[quote][p][bold]Jonnytrouble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gathin[/bold] wrote: Nothing. Sure she's happy enough after many, many years making a lot on wages and expenses and the added bonus of getting a gold-plated pension and "consultancy work" from her mates. Do you really think she gives a monkeys?[/p][/quote]Well only the lady can answer that one,maybe the SWA could ask her for a comment if they dare ?[/p][/quote]The persons, "gingertom" and "Jonnytrouble", both refer to the "dame" or "lady", and "gathin" just as "she", as the subject of their comments. Some people reading these comments may think they know who "the dame", "the lady" or "she" is. However, I will bet that the great majority of people reading these comments will not know who it is that they are talking about. I think it would be appropriate if "gingertom", "Jonnytrouble" and "gathin" explained to the general Argus readership who it is they are referring to. The Argus Comment section is a valued forum provided by the Argus for the whole of its readership. It does not exist for a tiny "in group" to take anonymous swipes at each other while hiding behind pseudonyms. Ian MacKinlay
  • Score: 5

10:40pm Mon 27 Jan 14

gingertom says...

Ian McKinley I believe that after the award of being made a dame was front page news recently in this paper then the argus readers would know the female in question identity and so there is no need to insult anyone's intelligence. When I joined the forum I was asked specifically to pick a username and so you need to take that point up with the argus. Additionally, we are supposed to be living in a free country not a dictatorship so I will air my views when I see fit and if you don' t agree with them then fine. People who objects to the views of others are usually fellow politicians, journalists or relations.
Ian McKinley I believe that after the award of being made a dame was front page news recently in this paper then the argus readers would know the female in question identity and so there is no need to insult anyone's intelligence. When I joined the forum I was asked specifically to pick a username and so you need to take that point up with the argus. Additionally, we are supposed to be living in a free country not a dictatorship so I will air my views when I see fit and if you don' t agree with them then fine. People who objects to the views of others are usually fellow politicians, journalists or relations. gingertom
  • Score: 0

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