ARGUS COMMENT: Minimum disruption from Nato summit?

ARGUS COMMENT: Minimum disruption from Nato summit?

ARGUS COMMENT: Minimum disruption from Nato summit?

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IT Is becoming apparent that the scale of the security operation surrounding the NATO summit will cause fairly major disruption in and around Newport.

Chief constable Jeff Farrar yesterday spelled out in no uncertain terms what we can all expect.

But he said more detailed information cannot yet be released as the operation is being controlled by Downing Street and the Foreign Office.

A frustration Mr Farrar made clear when he said the' legacy of this event might be for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and London, but we will be the ones left with ‘I couldn’t take my child to school’. That legacy will be left with the police.'

A view we share.

We have said before that the most important thing for local people was that disruption was kept to a minimum throughout the summit.

Yes we welcome the chance to have such a high profile event in the city but it is becoming increasingly concerning that there is a drip feed of information suggesting disruption will be far worse than originally promised.

We have already seen rugby and football matches moved from Rodney Parade and schools being given the option to close. Add the chief constable's warnings and it all suggests that the summit has the potential to create a miserable few days for people who live and work in and around Newport.

And that could take away some of the positives gained from hosting the event.

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1:05pm Sat 21 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Fearless journalism!!!
Fearless journalism!!! KarloMarko
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1:39pm Sat 21 Jun 14

paddyparry says...

What is so shocking about this? We are talking about a major summit that requires a high security element. If they reveal what security plans they have made then they would be irresponsible. However the Chief Constable can bleat about this as much as likes. He isn't the only one who has to face angry calls/tweets from an inconvenienced public. Others have to do this for decisions made by his force that inconvenience others. Grow up and stop whingeing.
What is so shocking about this? We are talking about a major summit that requires a high security element. If they reveal what security plans they have made then they would be irresponsible. However the Chief Constable can bleat about this as much as likes. He isn't the only one who has to face angry calls/tweets from an inconvenienced public. Others have to do this for decisions made by his force that inconvenience others. Grow up and stop whingeing. paddyparry
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6:44pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I suppose that in these days of modern technology a viable alternative might have been for the NATO VIPs to conduct their summit via video conference. Guess they wouldn't have been able to avail themselves of the opportunity to be wined, dined and have a leisurely game of golf together over the weekend then though, would they?;)
I suppose that in these days of modern technology a viable alternative might have been for the NATO VIPs to conduct their summit via video conference. Guess they wouldn't have been able to avail themselves of the opportunity to be wined, dined and have a leisurely game of golf together over the weekend then though, would they?;) Katie Re-Registered
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6:51pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Surely though, the heads of state are going to be arriving at the Celtic Manor by helicopter anyway. It's probably going to be the civil servants and masses of journalists who are going to cause the most disruption. In order significantly lessen disruption to the people of Newport, why don't they simply send civil service staff ahead on secondment in advance over a period of a few weeks and simply ban journalists from the summit altogether. The latter might sound oppressive, but isn't that what they do in the case of the top secret Bilderberg conferences anyway?
Surely though, the heads of state are going to be arriving at the Celtic Manor by helicopter anyway. It's probably going to be the civil servants and masses of journalists who are going to cause the most disruption. In order significantly lessen disruption to the people of Newport, why don't they simply send civil service staff ahead on secondment in advance over a period of a few weeks and simply ban journalists from the summit altogether. The latter might sound oppressive, but isn't that what they do in the case of the top secret Bilderberg conferences anyway? Katie Re-Registered
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5:44pm Sun 22 Jun 14

beetee says...

why didn't these warmongers decide to hold hrir "conference" on a secure air force base ?
why didn't these warmongers decide to hold hrir "conference" on a secure air force base ? beetee
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6:37pm Sun 22 Jun 14

smiffy76 says...

Why not on an off island or in a highland hotel miles from anywhere.

Hopefully it won't affect west Newport to badly.

I will have to commute to-from east Cardiff and my Daughter has to goes Basseleg so that being open would help.
Why not on an off island or in a highland hotel miles from anywhere. Hopefully it won't affect west Newport to badly. I will have to commute to-from east Cardiff and my Daughter has to goes Basseleg so that being open would help. smiffy76
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