I propose to merge the Cardiff-Newport metropolitan area article into the South East Wales article, leaving a redirect. I can see no evidence that the term 'Cardiff-Newport metropolitan area' is used in reliable sources. One of the cited sources refers to 'Cardiff and South Wales valleys metropolitan area' which is an ESPON metropolitan area. The areas covered appear to be identical, and the Welsh Government uses 'South East Wales'. Cardiff Capital Region also covers the same geographical area, but I favour keeping that article separate as it is about the City Deal. Comments please. Verbcatcher (talk) 17:12, 3 December 2021 (UTC)
- Oppose. It's quite well established how urbanized the Welsh Valleys are in South Wales. Newport and Cardiff form a nearly unending urban area and given Newport also is contiguous with Cwmbran and Cardiff is with Caerphilly and parts of Ebbw Vale and Brynmawr with sprawling former mining towns and villages. Plus the county boroughs and amount of mines and quarries. The article is in good stead as it covers an urban area. As opposed to a new city region or so. It's definitely notable DragonofBatley (talk) 21:19, 3 December 2021 (UTC)
@Crouch, Swale: does a lot of work on geographic wiki projects. They may like to shed some light on it DragonofBatley (talk) 21:21, 3 December 2021 (UTC)
Plus it's also already linked the article is on the article you've linked so it's already mentioned. Don't see the need for a merger but that's me. I'll leave Wikipedians do discuss it DragonofBatley (talk) 21:23, 3 December 2021 (UTC)
- The Cardiff/Newport area is smaller than the South East Wales area but I'm not sure if separate articles are needed though. Crouch, Swale (talk) 21:24, 3 December 2021 (UTC)
- The article title is misleading, the Cardiff-Newport metropolitan area article includes Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Caerphilly, Bridgend and Ebbw Vale. I'm sorry if I was unclear. We have three articles that cover precisely the same geographical area:
- I am proposing the merger of the first two.
- We also have:
- Verbcatcher (talk) 23:50, 3 December 2021 (UTC)
The only issue is with those two articles mentioned is they say the same thing. However given the ESPON is used by census and government data. It would be more recent as in 2011. Possibly 2021. The metropolitan area is used to describe the big conurbation and I think I created that article in 2020. I believe. I did thorough research and that term and the area involved actually exists although not widely used. So I really think the article is in good stead and merging it would be pointless although I'd support merging South East Wales into the article DragonofBatley (talk) 09:22, 4 December 2021 (UTC)
- I don't think that Verbcatcher's argument is correct. The Cardiff-Newport metropolitan area does not include Monmouthshire, which is part of the Cardiff Capital Region and South East Wales. I'm not necessarily opposed to merging the latter two - which are essentially administrative entities - but not with the metropolitan area, which has a different, land use based, definition. Ghmyrtle (talk) 09:31, 4 December 2021 (UTC)
- Ghmyrtle is correct, the areas are not identical, my mistake. There is still a case for a merge. ESPON metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom says that it was used in the 2001 census, and that in the 2011 census used the List of urban areas in the United Kingdom, which has separate entries for Cardiff and Newport, each of which is bundled with nearby towns. It seems excessive to have an article on a statistical area used in one UK census. Few if any of the other ESPON metropolitan areas have equivalent articles, West Yorkshire Built-up Area seems to be the closest, and that area was also used in the 2011 census.
- If we are to keep Cardiff-Newport metropolitan area as a separate article then it should be explicitly about the EPSON area used in the 2001 census, and it should be renamed 'Cardiff and South Wales valleys metropolitan area', which is the name used in the EPSON source and is a clearer description of the area covered. It is unclear why the ONS source is cited. The linked page does not list any statistical areas, and a spreadsheet linked form the page does not list a 'Cardiff and Newport' area. Verbcatcher (talk) 20:18, 4 December 2021 (UTC)
I agree with renaming the article if it helps. DragonofBatley (talk) 09:16, 5 December 2021 (UTC)
- I currently agree with a merger but only because the Cardiff-Newport metropolitan area relies on only one source. If it had more sources and was a better article I dont think it should be merged. Eopsid (talk) 23:37, 8 February 2022 (UTC)
- If anything, I would suggest South East Wales be merged into Cardiff-Newport metropolitan area as this metropolitan area is a specified area, while South East Wales is an approximate area, like Mid-Wales or South West Wales. SethWhales talk 16:09, 22 June 2022 (UTC)
- @Verbcatcher, DragonofBatley, and Eopsid: as contributors to the discussion, any thoughts on the last counterproposal (reverse direction?). Klbrain (talk) 08:38, 9 October 2022 (UTC)
I would oppose the reverse merge. South East Wales is larger than the metropolitan area. Eopsid (talk) 21:39, 9 October 2022 (UTC)
- Couldn't both articles be merged into Cardiff Capital Region, if they're not already covered there. 'Cardiff Capital Region' seems to be a widely used description for exactly the same area and a well-developed Wikipedia article has been created (maybe it would have been better to request a page move to "Cardiff Capital Region" rather than create a new article). A redirect from South East Wales would be useful all the same, that's certainly how I describe the "loosely defined" area. Sionk (talk) 12:02, 13 November 2022 (UTC)
- I would say that South East Wales is a more generally recognised and widely used term - albeit looser - than "Cardiff Capital Region", which essentially is a term only used for certain administrative purposes by bureaucrats (as is "Cardiff-Newport metropolitan area", of course). Ghmyrtle (talk) 13:14, 13 November 2022 (UTC)
- Yeah, South East Wales is I believe more generally used, but doesn't really have a clear universal definition. The CCR while indeed used mainly for council economic programmes (when I researched it), but at least is clearly defined. So a merger of a defined metro. area into a loosely defined term is a bit confusing.
- Also joining in, the metro. area should minially be renamed to "Cardiff-South Wales Valleys" as it's the name in sources. No opinion on the wider merger yet. DankJae 21:16, 13 November 2022 (UTC)