As a chartered engineer who has lived in Ebbw Vale for 50 years, I was somewhat surprised to read your article on the regeneration of the town after the closure of Corus steel plant (NCE 8 June).
I fully appreciate the benets of public and European funding that fuel regeneration, but I do feel the article was rather wide of the mark.
The steel works may have been derelict since 2002, but the town certainly is not. I live on the former garden festival site and property in this area is currently changing hands for in excess of £250,000 for a detached four-bedroom house.
The Brecon Beacons and all the major cities are accessible via an excellent road network and the local council has just completed a £1M refurbishment of the multi-storey car park.
Like most of the population, I see the character of the town changing. It is likely to become a dormitory town for cities such as Cardiff and Newport, with a wide range of amenities and attractions on offer.
To say that Ebbw Vale, which once boasted the largest steelworks in the world, has plunged into deprivation, is I feel a unnecessary dramatisation.
Chris Meredith, (M) Ebbw Vale, firstname.lastname@example.org. com