Newport council is set to spend millions of pounds redeveloping and restoring some of the city's most loved landmarks this year.
The authority presented its 2021/22 Capital Strategy and Treasury Management Strategy at a meeting of the council last month, which details how much the council is planning to spend on various projects in 2021/22 and beyond.
While some projects such as the redevelopment of the Transporter Bridge and the Market Arcade are already well known, others which are lesser known will also have a huge impact on the city.
In some cases the council has partnered with privates companies, and funding for many key projects is being allocated over a number of years.
A draft proposal in February suggested that council tax could rise by 3.7% in Newport.
The increase is less than the 5% originally proposed, and the change is set to cost the council £753,000.
The tax and spending proposals will be decided on at a full council meeting this week. However, much of what the council plans to spend this year remains similar to what has been outlined in past plans.
Here are the projects Newport Council hopes to spend money on this year and how much they want to allocate to each project.
Newport indoor market
In January work began on the much-anticipated £12 million project to transform the historic Newport indoor market.
The plans which were first unveiled in 2018 include introducing a food court and bar on the ground floor, a workspace hub and offices, alongside 42 affordable apartments and refurbished market stalls.
Surveying of the site has already been completed and work has begun on internal demolition within the constraints of the market's Grade-II listed status.
This will be followed by the refurbishment of the office space at both sides of the building, followed by the building of the new market.
Penarth-based developers Loft Co, who are behind the project, have said the project is thought to be the largest mixed-use redevelopment of a market in the UK.
The developer has struck a deal for a 250-year lease from Newport council, which also includes a short-term repayable loan for the development up to a maximum of £8.9 million.
This loan will be drawn down by the developer as the work progresses.
2021/22 budget: £3.5 million
Market Arcade heritage scheme
Last February, £1.1 million plans to revamp the Market Arcade on the high street were approved by the council.
Newport City Council secured funding from the Heritage Fund, Cadw and Welsh Government for the project to restore the 19th-century arcade, which is due to be completed this year.
Work is ongoing and will include the restoration of the shopfronts and refurbishment of the glazed canopy.
2021/22 budget: £980,000
The Transporter Bridge closed last September to allow for the building of a new visitor centre as part of a £12m revamp which also includes essential maintenance.
In January, it was announced that the bridge, one of only eight remaining functioning transporter bridges in the world, had received an £8.75 million grant from the National Lottery Fund to aid with the works.
It followed Newport council saying last March that it wanted to make the 114-year-old bridge a major tourist attraction, with council leader Jane Mudd calling it "an icon of Newport."
It’s expected that the restoration and building work will take three and a half years and that once it’s completed, 47,000 people will visit the site annually within the first three years.
2021/22 budget: £10.287 million
Newport station footbridge
Plans for a new footbridge near Newport station have been in the works since Welsh Government pledged around £4 million to the project in 2014, but were finally given the green light last March.
The new footbridge, which would link Devon Place and Queensway, is proposed to replace the vandalism-prone subway which has been blighted by drugs and anti-social behaviour issues in recent years.
More than £1 million has been spent so far, with the council set to step up its funding commitments this year.
2021/22 budget: £2.645 million
In 2002 during the construction of the Riverfront Theatre, archaeologists discovered the remains of a 15th century sailing vessel preserved in mud in a riverbank.
Since then, the council has hoped to display the ship in a prominent place, but this has yet to happen due to the complex process involved in reassembling the ship.
So far conservation and study of the ship, which was estimated to be over 30 metres in length and was thought to have carried 200 tonnes of wine in one voyage, has taken place and efforts are ongoing to put the pieces together so it can be displayed.
While it could be a few more years before it is ready, it is seen as a key historical artefact in Newport which could attract thousands of visitors each year.
2021/22 budget: £12,000
Plans were unveiled earlier this year to relocate council services from the Information Station at the old Newport railway station to the library and museum in John Frost Square.
The proposals, which have been given planning permission, will give a new home to many of the services currently provided at the Information Station including information about housing and council tax benefits, business rates, social services, child protection, access to supported employment, business rates and blue badges.
Under the plans, the library, museum and art gallery will operate from the east half of the building, with Information Station services from the west side.
There are also plans to open a new co-working tech hub on the old Information Station site.
Newport City Council has been awarded £1.4 million from the Welsh Government for the redevelopment, while the council has also allocated £350,000 for the project.
2021/22 budget: £1.61 million
Work on the Central Library
Nearly £300,000 has been budgeted over the last two years for ongoing structural work on the Central Library in the city centre, with even more promised in 2021/22.
2021/22 budget: £374,000
Tredegar Park cycling programme
A disability-friendly bike scheme trial was due to start in Tredegar Park last year, but it was delayed by the council due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Money was allocated to the project last year but more is expected this year as it officially gets underway in partnership with Newport Live.
The scheme will be free for Newport residents and aims to encourage children and adults with disabilities and different needs to participate in cycling activities.
2021/22 budget: £35,000
Gypsy/Traveller site development
A report assessing the need for investment in Traveller accommodation sites by the council over five years found there was a "clear need in Newport for the provision of accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers in Newport."
Money has been allocated to develop sites since, with more promised in 2021/22.
2021/22 budget: £55,000
Renewable energy investment
Newport has taken steps towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 with projects such as the installation of over 6,000 solar panels across council owned buildings across Newport, including the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome.
And almost £2 million more funding is set to be allocated towards renewable energy projects this year.
2021/22 budget: £1.722 million
Cardiff City Region Deal
The Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal is a programme agreed in 2016 between the UK Government, the Welsh Government and the ten local authorities in south east Wales to bring about economic growth in the region through investment, upskilling, and improved physical and digital connectivity.
The deal involves councils contributing at least £120 million over the next 20 years, and Newport council is set to step up its investment with a budget of nearly £2.6 million this year.
2021/22 budget: £2.594 million
Investment in schools
The current stage of the council's 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme includes new facilities for Ysgol Gyfun Gwent Is Coed, Bassaleg School, Caerleon Comprehensive School and the provision of a new primary school on the Whiteheads development site in Pillgwenlly.
2021/22 budget: £23.418 million
Reducing classroom size in Maesglas
More than £250,000 has been spent in the past two years on plans to reduce classroom sizes at Maesglas Primary School by creating a new nursery building and reallocating the existing nursery classrooms within the school.
2021/22 budget: £257,000
Welsh medium primary school
In 2019 the council consulted members of the public on plans to establish a Welsh-medium seedling primary school on the vacant site of the former Caerleon Lodge Hill Infant School from September 2021.
As part of the plans it hopes to relocate Pillgwenlly Primary School from its existing site to a new build on the Whiteheads development, increasing the capacity of the school for mainstream pupils from 546 to 630, before transferring the seedling school to a permanent location on the site of the current Pillgwenlly primary school from September 2023.
2021/22 budget: £1.978 million
Bassaleg demountables for Year 7
Work will be carried out on demountable classrooms which are in particularly poor condition in Bassaleg School as part of the plans to expand the capacity of the school over the next few years.
2021/22 budget: £14,000
Charles Williams school renovations
Plans to renovate Charles Williams Primary School in Caerleon are due to get underway this year.
2021/22 budget: £1.51 million
There is likely to be further investment in facilities for those with disabilities around the city this year, part of a budget of more than £5 million between 2018 and 2025.
2021/22 budget: £1 million
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Childcare - Flying Start
Flying Start is a Welsh Government programme available in certain areas to support families with children aged 0-3 years.
It promotes language, cognitive, social and emotional skills, physical development and health support, parenting groups, early language support and free part-time childcare.
The programme runs in parts of Allt-yr-yn, Alway, Bettws, Duffryn, Gaer, Lliswerry, Maesglas, Maindee, Malpas, Pillgwenlly, Ringland and Somerton, and has proven popular with parents in Newport.
2021/22 budget: £1.095 million
Citywide maintenance and repair of premises
There has also been funding pledged for the ongoing repair of various buildings and premises in the city centre.
2021/22 budget: £90,000
Windmill feasibility study
The council is continuing its feasibility study into repurposing part of Windmill Farm in Llanvaches, which has been vacant since 2018, into a children's services home.
2021/22 budget: £1.3 million
There will be funding in place towards the council's annual investment in roads infrastructure around the city.
2021/22 budget: £500,000