Lively Pill Mill meeting over controversial peace camp

ROWDY: Resident Joyce Giblin raises her concerns for the community

ROWDY: Resident Joyce Giblin raises her concerns for the community

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THE controversial peace camp at Pill Mill looks set to not go ahead after a lively meeting at the community centre last night.

Both Pill Mill chairman Tracey Holyoake and peace campaigner Merel Prescott said the peace camp will not go ahead, but neither represent umbrella protest group No Nato Newport.

Around 150 residents turned up for the heated meeting, with many targeting Sheila Davies of Newport City Council, who was among a panel, for not being consulted about the plans.

But the evening came to a confusing end, with no-one taking responsibility for the camp and whether any protestors will turn up.

The meeting was called at Pill Mill after a row broke out over the proposed peace camp earlier this week.

Pill community centre volunteers said protestors had booked the venue claiming it was for a family fun day, with no mention of a camp accommodating potentially thousands of people.

Green Party leader Pippa Bartolotti, who is currently on holiday and could not attend the meeting, said she was clear about the booking for an ‘alternative summit’ from the outset.

A panel including peace campaigner Merel Prescott, councillors Bob Poole, Ray Truman, Ibrahim Hayat and Omar Ali, Ms Davies, Father Edward Mathias-Jones of St Stephens Church, and chairman of Pill Mill Ms Holyoake took questions from rowdy members of the crowd.

On several occasions shouting broke out, with interruptions during a number of speeches.

Gwent Police Superintendent Mark Warrender began proceedings by giving background information on the summit.

But he too was interrupted by a member of the public saying he did not come to meeting to hear about the police operation and he wanted to know why campaigners were planning to camp in Pill.

Newport City Council was said to have previously met with umbrella group No Nato Newport to discuss the camp and whether they can provide toilet and water facilities.

Ms Davies, of Newport City Council, was among those who was interrupted multiple times while she was speaking at the meeting.

Peace campaigner Ms Prescott said: “I love the people of Pill. I will not have anything to do with a peace camp being set up on your fields.”

Councillor Ibrahim Hayat said: "Merel said herself that she won’t be coming but she can't guarantee others won't be."

Father Mathias-Jones, of St Stephen Church, said after an hour and half no-one was any the wiser who is responsible.

He added: “My proposal is come to Newport, have your protest but for god’s sake don’t come to a residential area and for god’s sake will whoever is in charge make sure it’s not in a residential area.”

Joyce Giblin, a supporter of No Nato Newport, spoke out against the council.

She allegedNewport City Council knew of the plans in June and that No Nato Newport had spoken with the council’s solicitors in a bid to make the camp legitimate.

Ms Davies said that the council did not know about the camp that early.

But Ms Giblin said something needed to be done, as protesters were coming from across Europe and needed somewhere to stay.

 

Watch video from the meeting on the Argus Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/pages/South-Wales-Argus/40526249862?sk=timeline

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10:05am Wed 13 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

"I want to say one thing to the people of Pill. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not have a Peace Camp Meeting with that woman , Miss Bartolotti. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the People of Pill. Thank you." - Newport Council - with thanks to Bill Clinton.
"I want to say one thing to the people of Pill. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not have a Peace Camp Meeting with that woman , Miss Bartolotti. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the People of Pill. Thank you." - Newport Council - with thanks to Bill Clinton. KarloMarko
  • Score: 2

11:30am Wed 13 Aug 14

Abertillery29 says...

Nobody from the Council seems to want to tell the truth about this issue. If the Council representative at the meeting did not know what was going on them somebody in the Council did in order to arrange toilets facilities etc.
Come on Councillor Bright lets have a truthful statement from you.
Nobody from the Council seems to want to tell the truth about this issue. If the Council representative at the meeting did not know what was going on them somebody in the Council did in order to arrange toilets facilities etc. Come on Councillor Bright lets have a truthful statement from you. Abertillery29
  • Score: 5

11:43am Wed 13 Aug 14

GazaCity says...

When I protested at that meeting last night about the council's inactions.. I presented to the meeting a copy of the solicitor's letter (drafted by NONATO)
on our behalf to show our good intentions for a Peace Camp, also the the poor response from council to our requests to liaise with them. The letters were clearly marked JUNE 2104. I held the letter up for all to see!!! The council had 3 months to work on this. The police were also denying contact. (No surprise there then) The councils posturing has shown them up for the lies they have perpetrated to the residents of Pill, the residents need to be treated with the respect that they deserve!!! I can fully understand their concerns, hence the reason NONATO decided to pull out of this residential area.
When I protested at that meeting last night about the council's inactions.. I presented to the meeting a copy of the solicitor's letter (drafted by NONATO) on our behalf to show our good intentions for a Peace Camp, also the the poor response from council to our requests to liaise with them. The letters were clearly marked JUNE 2104. I held the letter up for all to see!!! The council had 3 months to work on this. The police were also denying contact. (No surprise there then) The councils posturing has shown them up for the lies they have perpetrated to the residents of Pill, the residents need to be treated with the respect that they deserve!!! I can fully understand their concerns, hence the reason NONATO decided to pull out of this residential area. GazaCity
  • Score: -3

12:09pm Wed 13 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

Coming soon ..."Carry on up the Nato!" (b/w 2014). In this latest romp from Newport Council's famed comedy crew, the Free World is in uproar as Pippa (Babs Windsor) and all the gang try to organise a anti Nato Peace Camp on the back of an envelope. The Council (Sid James and Kenneth Williams) are struck down with immediate amnesia as Obama issues a final warning and orders up more Napalm. "Iconic! This will do for Newport what Tiger Bay did for Bangor!" - The S.W. Argus film review.
Coming soon ..."Carry on up the Nato!" (b/w 2014). In this latest romp from Newport Council's famed comedy crew, the Free World is in uproar as Pippa (Babs Windsor) and all the gang try to organise a anti Nato Peace Camp on the back of an envelope. The Council (Sid James and Kenneth Williams) are struck down with immediate amnesia as Obama issues a final warning and orders up more Napalm. "Iconic! This will do for Newport what Tiger Bay did for Bangor!" - The S.W. Argus film review. KarloMarko
  • Score: 2

1:16pm Wed 13 Aug 14

GogExile says...

People visit Newport for a variety of reasons and stay overnight. Rugby and football fans visiting Rodney Parade and wishing to spend the night book a hotel room. I'm just wondering why the fact that someone visiting to protest feels that they have some entitlement to a free campsite merely because they are protesting? Are they a new and special classification of visitor? It's a bit tiresome being patronised about how much they are allegedly going to spend when they aren't even prepared to cover their most basic of basic needs and pay for shelter. Oh, but they've got plenty of spare cash to get the tills ringing for 'food'. Denying someone a free campsite is not denying them their right to protest, it's denying them preferential treatment compared to any other visitor to the city. Protesting doesn't make you special you know.
People visit Newport for a variety of reasons and stay overnight. Rugby and football fans visiting Rodney Parade and wishing to spend the night book a hotel room. I'm just wondering why the fact that someone visiting to protest feels that they have some entitlement to a free campsite merely because they are protesting? Are they a new and special classification of visitor? It's a bit tiresome being patronised about how much they are allegedly going to spend when they aren't even prepared to cover their most basic of basic needs and pay for shelter. Oh, but they've got plenty of spare cash to get the tills ringing for 'food'. Denying someone a free campsite is not denying them their right to protest, it's denying them preferential treatment compared to any other visitor to the city. Protesting doesn't make you special you know. GogExile
  • Score: 10

4:05pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Practicing Pragmatist says...

GogExile wrote:
People visit Newport for a variety of reasons and stay overnight. Rugby and football fans visiting Rodney Parade and wishing to spend the night book a hotel room. I'm just wondering why the fact that someone visiting to protest feels that they have some entitlement to a free campsite merely because they are protesting? Are they a new and special classification of visitor? It's a bit tiresome being patronised about how much they are allegedly going to spend when they aren't even prepared to cover their most basic of basic needs and pay for shelter. Oh, but they've got plenty of spare cash to get the tills ringing for 'food'. Denying someone a free campsite is not denying them their right to protest, it's denying them preferential treatment compared to any other visitor to the city. Protesting doesn't make you special you know.
Spot on - No Nato complain that the summit is costing the taxpayer then go on to cost the tax payer themselves! The anti-everything brigade can pay for themselves, not sure why they think Newport City Council (meaning all residents of Newport) should be picking up their tab???? The majority of residents in Newport don't own a shop so can't see any money coming back to most of us.
[quote][p][bold]GogExile[/bold] wrote: People visit Newport for a variety of reasons and stay overnight. Rugby and football fans visiting Rodney Parade and wishing to spend the night book a hotel room. I'm just wondering why the fact that someone visiting to protest feels that they have some entitlement to a free campsite merely because they are protesting? Are they a new and special classification of visitor? It's a bit tiresome being patronised about how much they are allegedly going to spend when they aren't even prepared to cover their most basic of basic needs and pay for shelter. Oh, but they've got plenty of spare cash to get the tills ringing for 'food'. Denying someone a free campsite is not denying them their right to protest, it's denying them preferential treatment compared to any other visitor to the city. Protesting doesn't make you special you know.[/p][/quote]Spot on - No Nato complain that the summit is costing the taxpayer then go on to cost the tax payer themselves! The anti-everything brigade can pay for themselves, not sure why they think Newport City Council (meaning all residents of Newport) should be picking up their tab???? The majority of residents in Newport don't own a shop so can't see any money coming back to most of us. Practicing Pragmatist
  • Score: 3

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