Wales’ place in the UK dominated the first Estates Gazette Cardiff Question Time held on Thursday 4th June at Cardiff City Hall.
Though the notion of a south-western powerhouse proved contentious. On one side a joining of forces with Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, and the Severn Estuary region was deemed necessary; the audience heard a formal collaboration would strengthen the region’s creative sector, pave the way for skills sharing and counterbalance the Northern Powerhouse and the growing political weight of Scotland.
Other panelists, however dismissed the idea as “window dressing”.
Ken Poole, Head of Economic Development, City of Cardiff Council and Director, Cardiff Business Council
Russell Loveland, Portfolio Director – Land Securities on behalf of the St David’s Partnership
Chris Potts, Director in Planning, Savills
Caroline O’Flaherty, Partner, Commercial Property at Hugh James