Tredegar Park 'peace camp' confirmed as protesters apologise to Pill residents

Tredegar Park 'peace camp' confirmed as protesters apologise to Pill residents

Pill residents against peace camp at Pill Mill. Residents and Pill Councillors Ibrahim Hayat and Omar Ali speak out against the proposed Peace Camp in City Centre park. (9158658)

Public meeting held at Pill Millennium Centre regarding the NATO Pill Peace Camp. Pictured is Glyn Picton a local resident and angered over the police opening address. (9221132)

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THE council confirmed there would be a 'peace camp' on Tredegar Park during the Nato Summit yesterday, as campaigners apologised to Pill residents.

In a statement issued late on Wednesday night, campaigners from protest group 'No Nato Newport' said: "We whole heartedly apologise to the residents of Pill. No intention to upset or force a peace camp was ever intended."

Plans for a ‘peace camp’ on Pill fields were abandoned after residents voiced their anger at the plans.

A spokeswoman for Newport council said: “Representatives of the No to Nato group have told the council they now intend to camp in Tredegar Park.

“They have given assurances that it will be a peaceful encampment and tents will be sited away from the park’s amenities, such as the pitches, and they will not interfere with the park’s normal activities. Therefore, club fixtures can still be accommodated during this period.

Newport City Council is continuing to work with partner agencies to monitor the situation and minimise the impact of such a camp.”

In their statement, ‘No Nato Newport’ explained the initial decision for a camp in Pill saying they had been offered a venue in Cardiff Bay but they did not want Newport to “lose out”.

A spokeswoman said: “In a democratic society if Nato can be so lavishly facilitated at our expense, why can’t the protesters as visitors to our city be welcome with very basic needs?”

They said they chose Pill fields because they were within walking distance of the station and were central so protesters could spend money locally. In addition, they had booked Pill Millennium Centre for four days and said they “genuinely believed this would offer the community hosting our activities so much more” including a free breakfast and dinner and workshops run by police checked professionals in areas such as conflict resolution.

But they added in hindsight this was “naive” and they had not foreseen the reaction.

The statement added “members of No Nato Newport immediately started some outreach in the Pill community to engage the residents in our plans. The fraction of the community we spoke to were positive about our plans.”

A central location was thought necessary “so it didn’t prove to be another lost economic opportunity for Newport, such as the Ryder Cup”, the statement said.

The spokeswoman said campaigners had reached a consensus on cancelling the Pill camp before at public meeting on Tuesday, but in the “heated atmosphere” they had not been able to read their statement.

Explaining the rationale for a ‘peace camp’ the statement claimed: "Nato is increasingly being viewed as a vehicle for US foreign policy into Europe and one that unsettles rather than keeps the peace.”

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10:27am Fri 15 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

It's getting to sound like a lot of pikeys saying they're going to land somewhere and the Council desperately trying damage limitation. Hope it works!
It's getting to sound like a lot of pikeys saying they're going to land somewhere and the Council desperately trying damage limitation. Hope it works! Dai Rear
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12:12pm Fri 15 Aug 14

welshmen says...

Good news for the people of Pill, just imagine if the people of Pill didn't complain, this Labour Council would have made their lives terrible for the duration of the peace talks, as for the unwashed at the Tredegar Park encampment, I hope it rains every day your there, at least some will get a wash....
Good news for the people of Pill, just imagine if the people of Pill didn't complain, this Labour Council would have made their lives terrible for the duration of the peace talks, as for the unwashed at the Tredegar Park encampment, I hope it rains every day your there, at least some will get a wash.... welshmen
  • Score: -8

12:33pm Fri 15 Aug 14

myopinion1988 says...

Not good for the children who can't play in their local park for the duration the camp is there for!!!
Not good for the children who can't play in their local park for the duration the camp is there for!!! myopinion1988
  • Score: 3

3:33pm Fri 15 Aug 14

-trigg- says...

Great news for residents of the Pill. Not so good for anyone living close to Tredegar Park...
Great news for residents of the Pill. Not so good for anyone living close to Tredegar Park... -trigg-
  • Score: 7

4:12pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Practicing Pragmatist says...

Not sure why protestors think they are entitled to free camping, perhaps all the trust fund crusties could contribute to pay for the cost of their 'basic' requirements rather than expect they people of Newport to cough up on their behalf? They are the first to mention that taxpayers are paying for the summit themselves, so this is typical hypocrisy from the anti-everything brigade.
Not sure why protestors think they are entitled to free camping, perhaps all the trust fund crusties could contribute to pay for the cost of their 'basic' requirements rather than expect they people of Newport to cough up on their behalf? They are the first to mention that taxpayers are paying for the summit themselves, so this is typical hypocrisy from the anti-everything brigade. Practicing Pragmatist
  • Score: 17

5:58pm Fri 15 Aug 14

smiffy76 says...

I know it's a bit of a mute point but don't the council need planning permission to park a indeterminate number of "protesters" on the local park?

If I am right that means that ether a the council have played a blinder in distracting us with plan Pill and slipping the paperwork for Treg park through or they are going to slip it in the 11th hour.
I know it's a bit of a mute point but don't the council need planning permission to park a indeterminate number of "protesters" on the local park? If I am right that means that ether a the council have played a blinder in distracting us with plan Pill and slipping the paperwork for Treg park through or they are going to slip it in the 11th hour. smiffy76
  • Score: -1

6:01pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Woodgnome says...

"In their statement, ‘No Nato Newport’ explained the initial decision for a camp in Pill saying they had been offered a venue in Cardiff Bay but they did not want Newport to “lose out”. "

Hands up those who thought Newport might lose out?
"In their statement, ‘No Nato Newport’ explained the initial decision for a camp in Pill saying they had been offered a venue in Cardiff Bay but they did not want Newport to “lose out”. " Hands up those who thought Newport might lose out? Woodgnome
  • Score: 4

6:09pm Fri 15 Aug 14

smiffy76 says...

Woodgnome wrote:
"In their statement, ‘No Nato Newport’ explained the initial decision for a camp in Pill saying they had been offered a venue in Cardiff Bay but they did not want Newport to “lose out”. "

Hands up those who thought Newport might lose out?
Think Newport will lose out by having the camp. A bunch of protesters who's organisers want to feed them (less for Newport shops) and who's camp will chew up out precious green space will no doubt discourage big money visits to Newport city center (not that Newport city center can't discourage high level visits without help)
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: "In their statement, ‘No Nato Newport’ explained the initial decision for a camp in Pill saying they had been offered a venue in Cardiff Bay but they did not want Newport to “lose out”. " Hands up those who thought Newport might lose out?[/p][/quote]Think Newport will lose out by having the camp. A bunch of protesters who's organisers want to feed them (less for Newport shops) and who's camp will chew up out precious green space will no doubt discourage big money visits to Newport city center (not that Newport city center can't discourage high level visits without help) smiffy76
  • Score: 7

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