Question on Cardiff Central Business District

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Questions to the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science

Mark Drakeford:” “A wnaiff y Gweinidog ddatganiad am ddyfodol Ardal Fusnes Canol Caerdydd. [“Will the Minister make a statement on the future of the Cardiff Central Business District]

Edwina Hart: We are working closely with Cardiff City Council to help to deliver a new central business district, recognised as one of Europe’s leading locations for business. At the centre of this vision will be the establishment of an internationally competitive destination for the financial and professional services sector.

Mark Drakeford: A figure of 70% of all train journeys within and to Wales end at Cardiff Central railway station. When visitors arrive, they emerge to a scene of dereliction, which is the legacy of eight years of Liberal Democrat control of Cardiff City Council. [ASSEMBLY MEMBERS: ‘Oh.’] Do you agree that any chance of making the most of the opportunities that the Welsh Labour Government is providing, through the creation of a central business district, relies upon a far better first impression of our city and country than has been possible under its control?

Edwina Hart: Good transport links and the appearance of an area are important in relation to the enterprise zones. My colleague the Minister with responsibility for transport and I are always discussing issues regarding transport and links to the enterprise zones. I am considering publicity for the enterprise zones to try to attract people to Wales. A beautiful location that looked lovely would certainly induce more businesses to come.