Posted: Tue 8th Mar 2016

Survey says Newport is improving as a place to li

This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Mar 8th, 2016

Newport is a great place to live and becoming even better according to a new survey. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Regeneration and a boost in the local economy thanks to the £90 million Friars Walk development can take credit for people changing their perceptions. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Results from the survey of the Winter Citizens Panel show that back in 2013 only 24.8 per cent agreed with the statement that Newport is becoming a better place to live – now more than 70 per cent – a massive jump of 45 per cent – agree. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Those who took part in the survey conducted by Newport City Council Partnership and Policy Team also agreed Newport is a good place to live – 60.81 per cent in January 2016 compared to just 42.58 per cent in April 2013. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Those who say they are proud to come from Newport are also growing in numbers – from 33 per cent in April 2013 to 43.99 per cent in January 2016. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The survey results have been welcomed by Councillor John Richards, Cabinet member for Regeneration and Investmen,t who said the results were a massive boost to the city and proved the Council’s VVP (Vibrant and Viable Places) programme of investment was worthwhile. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This survey shows that more and more people are behind our regeneration programme and the city is reaping the rewards of investment with a boost to our local economy and more and more people being able to find work. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This bodes really well for future investment in our city and shows regeneration is really important. It is amazing to see such a boost to the figures, from around 25 per cent of people saying Newport is becoming a better place to live back in 2013 to a massive 70 per cent this year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Improving local people’s perception creates that confidence that will results in even more investment in the city,” said Cllr Richards. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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