2019 was a huge year for activity with the NBA and it really made an impact!
In January 2019 we challenged the on-street parking charge proposals – causing a deferment of the charges – and requested that a thorough parking consultation is carried out without delay. This is a subject close to the heart of many businesses in Newport as it has a direct effect on keeping custoemrs shopping locally. We felt it was, and continues to be, our duty to fight these charges.
In February 2019 we appealed against the proposed overnight parking charges. February also saw the NBA put together a “Future High Street” funding bid for Newport, which we won! This has resulted in a cash sum for Newport, solely ear-marked for town improvements! What a fantastic achievement and win for us all!
When March came around we didn’t take our foot off the pedal, we raised £740 for the Island Games committee to support Team IOW. Team Isle of Wight ended the 2019 Island Games with 34 medals – eight more than two years ago – after a brilliant final day in Gibraltar. Two golds, three silver and four bronze medals were won by the Isle of Wight, who finished ninth in the overall medal table. Well done team!!
In summer 2019 we supported Newport Jazz Festival for the second time. This time shops around town competed with each other for the best music-themed window display! The best three were awarded with certificates by the Festival organisers.
In November we launched a window competition called “Have Your Elf a Merry Little Christmas!”. This involved participating shops hosting mischievous elves in their windows, with each elf holding a letter. Rearranging the letters would reveal a popular festive song. Anyone who solved the anagram was entered into a prize drawer.
Many of the participating shops donated prizes, and the County Press kindly hosted the prize-giving ceremony just before Christmas Day so that all 8 winners could have their prize in time for the holidays.