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One Newport – Working to Improve the City
Posted November 2018
One Newport, the city’s Public Service Board (PSB), has published a report that looks back on the work of the partnership over the last five years.
In 2013, the PSB agreed a Single Integrated Plan (SIP) for Newport that set out a vision for improving the city and a common agenda for improvement in the key strategic areas of economy and skills, health and well-being and safe and cohesive communities. It has served as a focus for collaborative working, has drawn together the One Newport partners and concentrated their efforts on improving key outcomes for local people.
Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Chair of One Newport and Leader of Newport City Council, said: “Welsh Government set out their expectations of how partners within local authority areas should work together, but I am extremely proud of how Newport grasped that challenge and through close joint working has really made a difference for our residents.”
Achievements highlighted in the report include:
- City Centre regeneration
Considerable progress has been made in regenerating the city centre, particularly during a time when development has stalled elsewhere. Newport now boasts award-winning retail and leisure developments, new landmark buildings, major housebuilding growth and modern infrastructure.
- Improving skills
The skills levels of our population are improving and high-level qualifications are now better than the Wales rate. The number of young people who are not in education, employment or training has recorded the biggest reduction in Wales.
One Newport also oversaw the establishment of the Work Based Learning Academy, which tackles unemployment, and skills development, runs job fairs, supports developers and businesses to recruit and arranges work experience and placements.
- Health and wellbeing
Newport now benefits from a much-expanded active travel network that allows people to walk, cycle and run safely. The Smoke Free Newport initiative is safeguarding people’s health in outdoor public spaces and was one of the first of its kind in Wales. Projects including Dementia Friends, Living Well Living Longer and the Breastfeeding Welcome Premises Scheme are now well established and contributing to the wellbeing of the city’s youngest and oldest residents alike.
- Safe and cohesive communities
Support agencies which work together to deliver a joined-up approach for victims of domestic abuse are now jointly housed in Newport Library.
Preventative activities that aim to reduce anti-social behaviour, including Operation Bang during Halloween and Bonfire Night, Positive Futures sports activities, Operation Ash to reduce deliberate fire setting and the NP20 creative arts project, are leading to a significant drop in reported offences.
In 2017, three Newport primary schools set up the first Mini Police projects in Wales, to improve community engagement and relations between Gwent Police and families.
Following public disturbances in Pillgwenlly, One Newport launched a major multi-agency response, which has included high profile police operations, granting of new Public Spaces Protection Order powers, increased public engagement and six action days to date.
A new local well-being plan for 2018-2023 has been developed and sets out the PSB's priorities and actions for the next five years. It includes local well-being objectives, priorities and steps that the board proposes to take to meet the objectives and will act as the main work-plan and focus of the PSB.
Councillor Wilcox added: “Much still remains to be done and I am mindful that Newport has some of the most deprived communities in Wales. However, there is also a great deal to be positive about as we move towards a new era through the new well-being plan. The work on the SIP has provided a firm foundation for the future and paved the way for even stronger collaboration which can only be a positive thing for Newport.”
See the SIP Performance page to access the SIP Annual Report.
Boost for Newport as Severn Bridge tolls due to be abolished
Posted October 2018
Removing the Severn Bridge tolls in December will provide a welcome boost for Newport.
Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council and chair of the public services board One Newport, welcomed the announcement that the tolls on the Severn Crossings were being removed earlier than expected.
“Newport’s location is perfectly poised to take advantage of the increased opportunities this will bring to businesses that are already located here and those that would like to set up in the city but may have been deterred by the additional costs of using the bridges,” said Cllr Wilcox.
Earlier this year property portal Rightmove named Newport as the hottest property market in the whole of the UK – and news about removing the tolls was credited with this trend.
The abolition will also have a positive impact on Newport as a location for industry and in particular the distribution sector as the tolls put a significant cost barrier to hauliers on warehousing this side of the bridge.
Demand for industrial units has been steady and with limited supply has led to growth in prime rents and capital values.
The residential market has also seen a demand and prices have risen significantly. This is likely to continue as purchasers from Bristol and surrounding areas, who have been priced out of their local markets, are moving into the Newport area.
There is plentiful supply of housing land to take advantage of this positive demand.
More than 900 homes a year have been built over the past three years with the local authority approving schemes across the city with new housing sites on the east side of Newport attracting significant interest from buyers from across the Bridge.
All housing growth in Newport is planned and approved in accordance with the council’s adopted Local Development Plan (LDP).
The LDP ensures housing growth is also accompanied by appropriate infrastructure, community facilities and jobs growth as well.
With the regeneration of the city centre and the creation of major employment sites in addition to residential sites, the council is working to ensure that Newport is a great place to live in and a great place to work in and does not simply become a commuter city for neighbouring Bristol or Cardiff.
Newport is a city in its own right which is experiencing sustained growth which will in turn boost the local economy.
The abolition of the Severn Bridge tolls is playing a large part in this.
Archived press release
Good Practice Exchange at the Wales Audit Office (posted October 2018)
Job Fair in the City Centre in October (posted September 2018)
Publication of Well-being Plan (posted May 2018)
Public premises give warm welcome to breastfeeding mums (posted 27 March 2018)
Well-being Plan for Newport - Have Your Say (posted 24 January 2018)
Heddlu Bach ‘Mini Police’ Officer scheme launches in Gwent (posted 26 October 2017)
Organisations come together to make Newport a dementia friendly city (posted 13 June 2017)
Working together to improve our city (posted 14 March 2017)