The future of Newport High Street

Newport Civic Society has invited six Newport businesses, both old and new and from both the retail and service sectors to talk of the challenges the High Street faces togther with an opening presentation by a member of the Newport Town Team.
The presenters will respond to the questions of ‘Why Newport’, ‘What is business like in Newport’ and if they had a magic wand what would they want to see change in Newport that would improve their business.
The presentation will be followed by a short question and answer session and while refreshments are available informal discussions can take place.

The event will take place at St. Andrews Church Hall in Church Aston TF10 9JG at 7.30pm on Tuesday 25th February 2020. All are welcome to attend and the normal rules apply to admission, free to members and £2 for non members to cover the costs of refreshments and hall hire costs.

Newport Regeneration Partnership -Latest News.

Newport Regeneration Partnership met at Harper Adams University recently and agreed an updated Constitution which is fit for purpose as the members work with Telford & Wrekin Council, Harper Adams University, Newport Town Council and all partners, for the benefit of Newport and the surrounding rural areas.
The new document has enabled the Partnership to appoint a new Senior Team, this is headed by Eric Carter as the President, with Stephen Bentley as Chairman and Bill Harper and David Griffin, elected as Vice Chairmen. The new Constitution will also enable more organisations, groups, businesses and authorities to join the partnership.
The Partnership will meet regularly to ensure a good working relationship and to offer support, ideas and concerns (where necessary) to officers and the developers as they work towards the Innovative Ni Park development off the A518 in Newport.
There was a good attendance, with 18 partner organisations represented, and a strong will and commitment to working together for the Town and surrounding Parishes.
Officers of Telford & Wrekin Council attended to update members of the strategy and infrastructure for the development that will see Agri-Tech businesses move to the new site in the coming years, offering high quality jobs, bringing innovative ideas and supporting the area with extensive new ideas and ground-breaking initiatives.
Stephen Bentley, said “Newport Regeneration Partnership has been working with and for its partners for over 30 years and is looking forward to a bright future for Newport and the surrounding areas, bringing new jobs, innovative ideas and supporting businesses, the local authority and Harper Adams University as they strive to put Edgmond, Newport, Telford & Shropshire at the fore-front of Agri-Tech initiatives”

Presentation by Veolia – Civic Society speaker meeting on the 28th January 2020.

‘Newport & District Civic Society will be holding its January meeting on Tuesday 28th in St. Andrews Church Hall, Church Aston TF10 9JG at 7,30pm, the speaker is Ruth Jones, from the Communications and Engagement Office for Veolia Telford & Wrekin based at Hortonwood . The talk will be about the local recycling service in Telford & Wrekin – how to use the service, what happens to the materials and also education and community initiatives delivered by Veolia. So if you have ever wondered which bin to put your aerosol cans in – come along to find out.
How Telford & Wrekin has compared nationally with recycle rates over the last decade will be discussed and how they intend to continue to increase the level of recycling within the Borough with more initiatives like the food waste project’
The presentation will be followed by a short question & answer session and while refreshments are available informal discussions can take place..
All are welcome to attend and the normal rules apply to admission, free to members and £2 for non members to cover the costs of refreshments and hall hire costs’

26th November 2019 -T&WC Cabinet member Cllr Carolyn Healy – Talk on promoting tourism and protecting Newport heritage buildings.

Newport & District Civic Society will be holding its November meeting on Tuesday 26th in St. Andrews Church Hall Church Aston TF10 9JG at 7,30pm, the speaker is Carolyn Healy and she is the Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy and the World Heritage Site and Cabinet Champion for Heritage, having been elected to the Borough Council in May. She will be talking about her role and how Telford and Wrekin Borough Council supports the tourism sector and promotes visitors to the borough and specifically Newport. She will also outline the work being done to protect Newport’s heritage. The presentation will be followed by a question & answer session.
All are welcome to attend and the normal rules apply to admission, free to members and £2 for non members to cover the costs of refreshments and hall hire costs.

Mayor of Newport -Cllr. Peter Scott speaking at 29th October 2019 meeting

The Newport & District Civic Society will be holding its second meeting on the 29th October where our re-elected Mayor Peter Scott will enlighten us on the role and authority of a Town Council mayor within a unitary council structure. Peter will finish the evening by taking questions from the audience, so do not miss the chance to hear the views of your Mayor in an open forum.
The event will be held at St. Andrews Church Hall in Church Aston TF10 9JG at 7.30pm, everyone is welcome and as usual entry is free to members with a charge of £2 to non-members to cover refreshments and hall costs.

Talk and photo presentation on ‘Old and New Newport’

Old & New Newport is a pictorial presentation by Keith Smith and Tony Forrester who over the years have collected photographs of Newport as it has developed from a traditional market town to what we know today. The event will be held at St. Andrews Church Hall Church Aston TF10 9JG on Tuesday 24th September 2019 at 7.30pm.
Everyone is welcome with entry free to Civic Society members (membership year starts in September so a good time to join) with a charge of £2 to non members to cover refreshments and hall costs.

TWC/2019/0569 Land To The North Of, Audley Avenue, Newport, Shropshire

Reserved matters application for the erection of 113no. dwellings pursuant to TWC/2011/0827 including details for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale.

Details can be accessed via the link –

https://secure.telford.gov.uk/planning/pa-documents-public.aspx?Applicationnumber=TWC/2019/0569

Persimmon who are the applicant were the subject of a Channel 4 Dispatches programme last week entitled – ‘Britain’s New Build Scandal’.
The programme is available on catch-up or via the link below.

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches

T&WC Borough Elections -Your Chance to be Heard.

Newport & District Civic Society has invited representatives of the local political parties plus ‘independents’ seeking to become our borough councillors at the elections on the 2nd May to an informal ‘Hustings evening’ to be held on Tuesday 23rd April 2019, at St. Andrews Church Hall in Church Aston TF10 9JG starting at 7.30pm. For non-members a small charge of £2 will be made to cover the hall costs and refreshments
The evening will start with responses to questions previously supplied to the candidates before opening up the floor to questions from the audience.
This is your chance to hear directly from those seeking to represent the area for the next 4 years ‘fighting’ for the issues affecting Newport.

Civic Voice- Helping to make ‘better places’ -meeting 26th March 2019.

The Newport & District Civic Society will hold their March meeting on the 26th when the subject will be ‘Civic Voice; Helping to make better places’. This talk will be given by Professor David Evans who is a member of the Civic Voice board and serves on their Governance committee as well as acting as the lead trustee for the Larger Civic Societies group.
Civic Voice as a national organisation representing the Civic movement is now part of the Governments ‘Building Better Commission’ and is one of the leading partners in this recently announced project. Of significant relevance to Newport will be how other Civic Societies have influenced major housing developments by being involved in the initial planning process rather than just commenting on plans once they are published for public consultation.
The focus of Civic Voice over the last few years has been ‘Conservation Areas’, how do you make the most of this heritage, so the talk will revolve around how Civic Voice is promoting the need for local borough councils to maintain the Conservation Areas review process by using local community groups to assist in the process. Newport Civic Society is working in conjunction with the Newport History Society and Telford & Wrekin’s conservation officers on completing a long overdue review of the existing Newport Conservation Area.
Everyone is welcome, the presentation will be held on – Tuesday 26th March 2019, 7.30pm in St. Andrews Church Hall, Church Aston TF10 9JG.
A small charge of £2 is made for non-members to cover hall costs and refreshments.

TWC/2019/0192 – Former Natwest, 19 High Street, Newport, – conversion to café bar.

Application on behalf of BOD Titanic Brewery to convert the former bank into a BOD Community Cafe Bar :-

https://secure.telford.gov.uk/planning/pa-documents-documents-public.aspx?ApplicationNumber=TWC/2019/0192