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NM NEWPORT MA TTERS The official newspaper of Newport City Council


EXCITING PLANS FOR NEWPORT’S FUTURE


Next steps to make Newport a City of Democracy, a start date for the International Convention Centre Wales, and innovative projects were unveiled at the council’s fourth annual City Summit recently.


A packed audience at the University of South Wales’ city centre campus enjoyed an interesting and inspiring line-up of speakers whose overwhelming message was that Newport has much to be positive about.


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BUDGET CONSULTATION – HAVE YOUR SAY


At the December meeting of Newport City Council’s cabinet, savings proposals totalling £3.5m were discussed and the public are now being asked for their views.


Although the cash reduction is better than anticipated, Welsh Government has confirmed that Newport City Council will receive a cut to its year-on- year revenue support grant for 2017/18 of 0.1 per cent, reducing it to just over £209million.


This funding from Welsh Government provides the majority of the council’s


budget – around 80 per cent of its revenue. Council tax paid by residents accounts for about 20 per cent of the council’s annual budget.


With less money coming in next year, Newport City Council’s budget must fund nearly 1,000 different services, and the savings proposed are vital to ensure that the council can continue to deliver front line services and support and protect some of the most vulnerable members of the community.


For more information and to have your say visit www. newport.gov.uk/budget


L-R: International Convention Centre, City of Democracy, City Summit venueDemocracy”


One of the key sections was the proposal to give the city a unique selling point and details of research carried out by independent think tank ResPublica were given by its director Phillip Blond.


He outlined the strong potential for an option to develop the theme of democracy, building on the rich history of the city, including its Chartist legacy, to give the concept real depth and meaning.


Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said:


“I believe that making Newport A City of Democracy has great potential to make us stand out from the crowd and the reaction to the idea has been very positive.


“ResPublica’s report and recommendations was met with enthusiasm and great interest from the audience at the City Summit.


“This has to be about more than just creating a marketing tool or a slogan. The next step will be to further develop those ideas with business leaders, community groups,


schools and residents and creating a meaningful platform that will have lasting benefits for the city.”


To read ResPublica’s report and recommendations visit www. newport.gov.uk/cityofdemocracy


Ian Edwards, chief executive of the Celtic Manor Resort, said building work on the £100 million International Convention Centre Wales is set to start in February, and once it is open it will bring a £70 million economic benefit and 100,000 bedroom


nights to the area every year.


The Celtic Manor is also joining forces with the university, and specialist boutique hotel booking portal Welsh Rarebits, to create a new course that will develop the next generation of hotel and hospitality managers.


Councillor Wilcox said: “Many people are now realising that Newport is the place to do business and we are realising our potential as a city that has an exciting present and future that will benefit all those that live and work here.”


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