Work begins on new city centre open space

Posted on Friday 24th February 2017

A project to create an open space between two thoroughfares in Newport's city centre has begun and is due to be completed later in the spring.

Newport City Council has demolished buildings to create a gateway between Commercial Street and Kingsway.

St Paul's Walk will be landscaped and, as well as providing a pleasant new pedestrian route, it could potentially be used for staging events in the future.

The work has been carried out as part of the Welsh Government funded Vibrant and Viable Places programme.

It will complement other schemes that are making a real difference in that part of the city centre.

Properties, including the historic National Buildings, have undergone renovation to create improved shopping and business units. A project to improve a row of buildings opposite Mariner's Green, including the Alma pub, is nearing completion.

There are also plans to demolish some properties around the Park Square car part entrance to create flats and improve the pedestrian access to the car park.

On the opposite side of the road, proposals to demolish some of Emlyn Walk and create a public square have also been approved.

Councillor John Richards, Newport City Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Investment, said: "While Friars Walk has made a huge difference, we recognised that other parts of the city centre also needed some attention and we have used the VVP programme to help businesses make enhancement to their properties.

"It has already made an impact and, when all the projects are completed - by the council, private and third sector - they will make a significant difference for the benefit of businesses, residents and visitors."

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