Newport councillors briefed on Nato summit

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THE DIRECTOR of the Nato summit team briefed councillors on the plans for the event at a meeting this week.

This comes as just 36 days before the ‘eyes of the world’ are on Newport for the September summit at the city’s Celtic Manor Resort.

Peter Boxer the director of the Nato summit team along with Gwent Police superintendent Mark Warrender, briefed city councillors about their plans for the summit at Tuesday night’s full council meeting.

Talking to councillors Mr Boxer said the summit will be “one of the largest operations of its type the UK has ever seen.”

Reinforcing the scale of the event He said that councillors should expect around 1,500 journalists, hundreds of guests and thousands of police officers.

“You are the host city,” he said. “People will be looking to Newport for your welcome. We have booked every single hotel there is from here to Bristol and are allocating them.”

Mr Boxer added that they feel “prepared” for the event which he described as having a “military feel” due to the high level of security.

Superintendent Warrender informed councillors of the planned demonstration marches against the summit, taking place in the city on August 4 and 30.

He said that a policing team of eight thousand officers, plus the current Gwent officers will be ensuring there is ‘minimum disruption’ as officers have been speaking to businesses, G.P surgeries, council departments and other sectors to inform them of plans.

During the briefing councillors raised concerns as to how Newport was to benefit from the summit with Councillor Chris Evans asking how traders will benefit. Officials said that local bars and hotels will be some of the businesses that will benefit from the additional trade provided by delegates and said they were ‘looking at how to maximise the impact’ of the event for local businesses.

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9:16am Thu 31 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

What's this costing? NCC has to find £12M cuts.
What's this costing? NCC has to find £12M cuts. Woodgnome
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9:22am Thu 31 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

"Mr Boxer added that they feel “prepared”
for the event which he described as having
a “military feel” due to the high level of
security...He went on to say, "You vill obey ze orders, you vill smile at ze Nato tanks parkedoutside Weatherspoons, you vill offer up your wives and daughters for our nightly entertainment, you vill bend the knee and kiss our passes or be vaterboarded in ze Usk!". "Fine by us", chorused the Council scrapping low, "We just love a strong man in uniform".
"Mr Boxer added that they feel “prepared” for the event which he described as having a “military feel” due to the high level of security...He went on to say, "You vill obey ze orders, you vill smile at ze Nato tanks parkedoutside Weatherspoons, you vill offer up your wives and daughters for our nightly entertainment, you vill bend the knee and kiss our passes or be vaterboarded in ze Usk!". "Fine by us", chorused the Council scrapping low, "We just love a strong man in uniform". KarloMarko
  • Score: -3

1:22pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Citywatcher says...

"Superintendent Warrender informed councillors of the planned demonstration marches against the summit, taking place in the city on August 4 and 30. "

Are these dates correct? Should it not read August 30th and September 4th? Let's hope that they are not planning for the wrong dates!
"Superintendent Warrender informed councillors of the planned demonstration marches against the summit, taking place in the city on August 4 and 30. " Are these dates correct? Should it not read August 30th and September 4th? Let's hope that they are not planning for the wrong dates! Citywatcher
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