Growing the foundational economy across the South Wales Valleys... Wales’ City Regions are still in nascent form and grappling with how to address long term and structural socio-economic challenges with limited resources and evolving governance arrangements. The challenges are many and cover: connectivity, housing, skills, the economy, poverty and inequality. In some cases, programmes are … Continue reading Welsh Paradores and Sourdough Bread
A quick brain dump of some ideas (which is a follow up to my earlier piece on why I agree with the WG decision in respect of the M4)..….nothing new under the sun! I have also made a few tweaks and updated the map in response to some comments/suggestions... You can download a PDF of … Continue reading No new M4…so what instead?
So next week, Welsh Government and Mark Drakeford the First Minister, will make a decision on whether to proceed with the new M4 around Newport. I guess its time for me to come clean as well. So just a few words to set out where I am on this matter today, June 1st, 2019. Unlike … Continue reading New M4 – Yes or No?
As an antidote to the current national fixation and frustration related to Brexit can I offer a brief antidote. In doing so I hope it can expose how poor we are as humans at assessing certain facets of the world around us and that our intuitive response may not always be best relied on and … Continue reading How big is that number?
I watched the David Attenborough climate programme in April, Climate Change the Facts[i], shortly followed by my reading of the heartfelt speech by the impressive Greta Thunberg to our politicians[ii]. I think it hit me, almost an epiphany, we have to make radical changes in almost every aspect of how we live, especially our economic … Continue reading Climate Change, Brexit and The Economy (…and Wales)
This is the transcript of the speech I gave at a Policy Form Wales, Swansea Bay City Deal Conference in April 2019 Thank you, Suzy. I spent about a week, preparing a brilliant presentation for you, really top quality, but it’s not working so you can’t see it! That’s just the way it goes, so … Continue reading Swansea Bay Metro & City Deal
To note: This is really a brain dump article (so happy to take challenges) that will be subject to ongoing refinement as I learn more and better arrange my thoughts... It also follows up my presentation on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) for Wales Week in London at the Royal Festival Hall in February 2019. There … Continue reading Transit Oriented Development in the Cardiff Capital Region….
It's Sunday afternoon on 14th April 2019 and I have just got home and am a little bit sad. Geraldine and I have just had our last ever Sunday lunch (and a few pints) at Milgi on City Rd. Milgi has become an institution and a beacon for the independent food, music and art scene … Continue reading Milgi, Cardiff…the end of an era
My article in the April 2019 edition of Rail Professional It explores the impact (or not) of Williams and sets out perhaps more important issues facing the Welsh Government in relation to rail policy and network development - particularly the long term underinvestment of the Welsh rail network.
This is a more comprehensive version of the story that appeared in the Western Mail on 6th February There has been a lot discussion of late about a “Swansea Parkway”, perhaps at Felindre near the M4. I’d like to shine some light on that question and perhaps set out briefly, some strategic considerations to help … Continue reading A Swansea Bay Parkway… …but where and why?