Market Arcade meeting
Posted on Friday 15th July 2016
Newport City Council is actively working with the owners of properties in Market Arcade to try and improve the historic shopping lane.
A recent meeting attended by officers, the majority of owners and some tenants was highly productive and positive about tackling issues in the historic arcade.
Originally called Fennell's Arcade, it was created in 1869 as a key pedestrian route between the railway station and the then new provisions market.
Councillor John Richards, Newport City Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Investment, said; "Sadly, over the years, the condition of the arcade has declined and previous efforts to improve it have faltered.
"However, the future is now looking brighter thanks to the co-operation and commitment of the present day owners and, with the support of the council, I am sure we can reverse the decline.
"Together, we will aim to revive the arcade so it once again becomes an attractive area to shop and live, fitting in with other regeneration projects which are already helping to transform that part of the city centre."
Phil Middleton, one of the property owners, said: "It will be difficult to improve the arcade acting as individuals but together we can make a difference and we intend to set up a management committee as a first step to achieving our goals.
"I believe the arcade has a promising future and I would like to thank all those who attended the meeting. I would also like to encourage the rest of the owners to now get on board. With the other regeneration projects already completed or under way in that area, the potential of a restored Market Arcade is well worth our time and effort."