ARGUS COMMENT: Save Pontypool RFC from vandals

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THE REPEATED vandal attacks on Pontypool RFC ground are getting beyond a joke.

Surely it is now time for the ground to be made secure.

The tradition of open access, to the home of what must be one of the most famous clubs in the history of Welsh rugby, is just no longer sustainable.

Week after week it seems there are people hell-bent on destroying the club.

The vandalism, arson and littering is soul destroying for the members of Pontypool RFC both on and off the pitch.

There is much work going on behind the scenes to make Pontypool a go-ahead club, to try to lift it from the doldrums of its recent history.

And there has been some success.

So it is disappointing having to report of damage being caused by mindless individuals who have little respect for the community in which they live.

We know talks are going on between the club and Torfaen council to come to a workable solution.

And we realise these things often take time.

But surely fencing off the club is the easiest and perhaps most effective solution.

Pontypool RFC could then instal proper security which would enable them to concentrate on what they should be doing and not on having to clear up the mess and damage left behind by others.

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12:26pm Fri 14 Mar 14

paddyparry says...

But it is not just the council involved in this. They also need the agreement of the trustees of the Hanbury Estate in order to erect any fancing etc. This has been the stumbling block before.
But it is not just the council involved in this. They also need the agreement of the trustees of the Hanbury Estate in order to erect any fancing etc. This has been the stumbling block before. paddyparry
  • Score: 6

12:29pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

Bureaucratic red tape. If something isn't done, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Someone is going to be blinded or worse.
Bureaucratic red tape. If something isn't done, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Someone is going to be blinded or worse. Melvyn The Milk
  • Score: 5

1:03pm Fri 14 Mar 14

poolerguy says...

been a big Pooler fan for 43 years think its time not only to secure the stadium but to also get gwent police to get there arse in gear and arrest these thugs for attempt arson and break in and also attempt gbh does some one need to get injured b4 anyone listens to us "that would be a yes then"
been a big Pooler fan for 43 years think its time not only to secure the stadium but to also get gwent police to get there arse in gear and arrest these thugs for attempt arson and break in and also attempt gbh does some one need to get injured b4 anyone listens to us "that would be a yes then" poolerguy
  • Score: 5

2:54pm Fri 14 Mar 14

whatintheworld says...

paddyparry wrote:
But it is not just the council involved in this. They also need the agreement of the trustees of the Hanbury Estate in order to erect any fancing etc. This has been the stumbling block before.
i would have thought it's in their own interest to get a fence up? suprised to hear they haven't been helpful in the past.
[quote][p][bold]paddyparry[/bold] wrote: But it is not just the council involved in this. They also need the agreement of the trustees of the Hanbury Estate in order to erect any fancing etc. This has been the stumbling block before.[/p][/quote]i would have thought it's in their own interest to get a fence up? suprised to hear they haven't been helpful in the past. whatintheworld
  • Score: 4

1:59pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Abertillery29 says...

I posted a comment on the original article. As commented above Gwent Police really do seem to be doing nothing about this problem that has been going on for months.
I posted a comment on the original article. As commented above Gwent Police really do seem to be doing nothing about this problem that has been going on for months. Abertillery29
  • Score: 1

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