LiveLive blog of Pill Mill peace camp meeting

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  • OUR reporters will be at the public meeting due to be held tonight over the anti-Nato 'alternative summit' proposals for Pill Millenium Centre.
  • You can follow the coverage on our live blog here.
  • To join in the debate tweet with the #pillpeacecamp

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Labour MP for Newport West Paul Flynn has said this about the Pill Mill peace camp plan: “It’s about the worst possible site for a peace camp in the whole of Newport. Peace camps are archaic. They can’t be controlled. There’s no way of knowing the numbers that will turn up or the people that will turn up.
“It has to be in a place that is well prepared that has toilets and facilities to get rid of rubbish. It shouldn’t be where they can be a nuisance to their neighbours. I don’t want to volunteer any other areas but there are lots of open spaces without causing the disruption.
“I don’t think anyone’s been consulted. The councillors didn’t know. The first I heard about it was what I read in the Argus.
“No organisation has got the right to invite people from all over Europe to camp on an open space in a residential area.
“Most people won’t be violent but you can’t control the anarchists and others with extreme views who cause trouble, who cause violence.
“I’m very supportive of the meeting, I’ve written to the people who have contacted me about it and given my views. It’s a totally unsuitable place for a peace camp. One of the organisers is demanding that facilities should be provided presumably at the cost of the local council taxpayers. That’s an outrage. I would certainly object strongly if the cash-strapped Newport council were asked to pay a penny on this. It’s up to the protestors to pay their own way.”

 

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MEMBERS of an anti-Nato protest group will be attending the public meeting called tonight to discuss the proposed peace camp on the fields next to Pill Mill.
No Nato Newport, an umbrella group opposing next month's Nato summit, will be attending the meeting at Pill Mill at 8pm to answer residents questions.
The meeting has been called after a row broke out between Pill residents and protestors over the peace camp, which is due to take place between August 29 and September 6.
Pill community centre volunteers say protestors booked the venue with no mention of the camp which could potentially be accommodating thousands of people.
Talks have been held with Newport City Council over toilet and water facilities for the camp, but no decision has been made as to who will foot the bill.
The Argus will be live-blogging tonight's meeting.

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