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Opinion piece - are Ponty traders benefitting from the hype?

July 20, 2013 2:18 PM

I took a stroll around Pontypridd town today to do a bit of shopping, hoping to be proven wrong in our assertion that the Big Weekend is not bringing trade into the town as RCT Council keep saying.

Unfortunately I wasn't. Last week at around mid-day I could not find a place to park in the Gas Road car park in the town centre and had to park in one of the long term car parks a little further out. Today I arrived a bit earlier, about 10.15 and had no trouble at all in finding a space.

I put it down to it still being fairly early, and as I am not a regular Ponty shopper assumed that the rush would start a little later. However when I arrived back in the car park at around 12.15 it was probably around two thirds full. (Photos below)

There were almost more security people than shoppers on Taff Street. In M&S one member of staff remarked to another that "I thought it may be busier than this."

How can the Council keep claiming that this event is boosting trade and bringing investment into the town when the evidence certainly on the surface would suggest otherwise. Undoubtedly there will be a packed audience for the concert this afternoon and those present will have a great time, but there would appear to be little advantage for the town as whole.

Karen Roberts - RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager

Gas Lane Car Park Big Weekend

Gas Rd Car Park Big Weekend 2