Rodney Parade will be a police base during Nato event

Rodney Parade has been hired by police for the duration of the Nato Summit

Rodney Parade has been hired by police for the duration of the Nato Summit

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GWENT Police has confirmed the force has hired Rodney Parade for the duration of the Nato Summit.

The home of Newport Gwent Dragons, Newport County AFC and Newport RFC is in lockdown with no public access allowed.

The rugby and football clubs have had to close their ticket offices and shops for the duration, with County opening a temporary shop in the Kingsway Centre.

The lockdown period will end on September 7.

Previously, the Argus has only been able to report that the lockdown was a result of security operations surrounding the Nato Summit.

But we are now able to report that the police service has hired the venue from Rodney Parade's owners.

A Gwent Police spokesperson confirmed today: "To help ensure a safe and secure Nato Summit for those attending and for local residents, the police service will be using a number of local venues as part of the policing operation.

“One of these venues will be Rodney Parade. The venue will be used  for various activities including booking officers on and off duty, briefings, and canteen facilities to name but a few.

"Venues which are being used by the police service, such as Rodney Parade, are being paid for from the Nato security operation budget."

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7:45pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Mervyn James says...

Overkill springs to mind. What with Newport and Cardiff ringed with steel roads closed, clubs, shops, school shut down, hospital patients told to go elsewhere for the duration, its damned ridiculous, politicians are ten a penny, it is us who pay the real price.
Overkill springs to mind. What with Newport and Cardiff ringed with steel roads closed, clubs, shops, school shut down, hospital patients told to go elsewhere for the duration, its damned ridiculous, politicians are ten a penny, it is us who pay the real price. Mervyn James
  • Score: 0

7:54pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

'being paid for from the NATO security operation budget' = UK taxpayer...
'being paid for from the NATO security operation budget' = UK taxpayer... Dave on his Soapbox
  • Score: 17

8:08pm Wed 27 Aug 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

Quite agree, it's a load of nonsense just to protect a gang of politicos who seem to value their own security far more than that of the people they're paid to protect. The rumour is that the person most at risk (Obama) is going to sidetrack any risk at all by helicoptering in and out from offshore anyway.
The latest nonsense has been cleaning all the road signs around Newport - as if any visitors will need them. Just think what all this wasted money could have been used for by giving it to Newport and video-conferencing instead - no need for security either.
Quite agree, it's a load of nonsense just to protect a gang of politicos who seem to value their own security far more than that of the people they're paid to protect. The rumour is that the person most at risk (Obama) is going to sidetrack any risk at all by helicoptering in and out from offshore anyway. The latest nonsense has been cleaning all the road signs around Newport - as if any visitors will need them. Just think what all this wasted money could have been used for by giving it to Newport and video-conferencing instead - no need for security either. lowandhardandinthecorner
  • Score: 6

8:09pm Wed 27 Aug 14

GogExile says...

Mervyn James wrote:
Overkill springs to mind. What with Newport and Cardiff ringed with steel roads closed, clubs, shops, school shut down, hospital patients told to go elsewhere for the duration, its damned ridiculous, politicians are ten a penny, it is us who pay the real price.
The 'real price' could be the death of a democratically elected human being and anyone unfortunate enough to be in their proximity. All NATO member states are democracies. You've regularly cited the Chartists as a pro-protest example and yet the principle they died for is more than realised - one person, one vote, democracy. These leaders are the result of such struggles. Democratically elected regardless of gender or social standing. A brief period of disruption is our only price to pay to keep democratically elected people, and the rest of us, safe. You've cited the Chartists on other threads, I'd wager they'd baulk at your whining about being inconvenienced.
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: Overkill springs to mind. What with Newport and Cardiff ringed with steel roads closed, clubs, shops, school shut down, hospital patients told to go elsewhere for the duration, its damned ridiculous, politicians are ten a penny, it is us who pay the real price.[/p][/quote]The 'real price' could be the death of a democratically elected human being and anyone unfortunate enough to be in their proximity. All NATO member states are democracies. You've regularly cited the Chartists as a pro-protest example and yet the principle they died for is more than realised - one person, one vote, democracy. These leaders are the result of such struggles. Democratically elected regardless of gender or social standing. A brief period of disruption is our only price to pay to keep democratically elected people, and the rest of us, safe. You've cited the Chartists on other threads, I'd wager they'd baulk at your whining about being inconvenienced. GogExile
  • Score: 41

8:25pm Wed 27 Aug 14

smiffy76 says...

I fail to see the point as the conference is in Cardiff in all but name.
Still at least the police may spend money in Newport. Hope Asda have ordered in enough donut.
I fail to see the point as the conference is in Cardiff in all but name. Still at least the police may spend money in Newport. Hope Asda have ordered in enough donut. smiffy76
  • Score: -31

8:42pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

Strange as it seems but Cardiff doesn't have a facility suitable for this type of conference and the security it needs. The Celtic Manor can be isolated and has good communications. The only alternative near Cardiff is down the Vale of Glamorgan. We are going into lock down yes and I agree it's a bit OTT but they won't be there long then we can return to our hum drum little lives.
Strange as it seems but Cardiff doesn't have a facility suitable for this type of conference and the security it needs. The Celtic Manor can be isolated and has good communications. The only alternative near Cardiff is down the Vale of Glamorgan. We are going into lock down yes and I agree it's a bit OTT but they won't be there long then we can return to our hum drum little lives. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 27

8:52pm Wed 27 Aug 14

gmc says...

Keep your size thirteens off our lovely pitch!
Keep your size thirteens off our lovely pitch! gmc
  • Score: 8

8:54pm Wed 27 Aug 14

VoiceOfDaPort says...

Aren't the owners of the Rodney Parade Newport Council? More money in Newport's coffers, but probably still get a 6% rise next year.

The police have got to be based somewhere, the stadium makes sense.

They have a couple working dinners in Cardiff but the bulk of the summit is in Newport, hence why it's a 'Wales' summit and not Newport.

As for the president and his travel and accommodation plans, well nobody knows, like it matters, and even after there will be half a dozen differing stories of where and how.
Aren't the owners of the Rodney Parade Newport Council? More money in Newport's coffers, but probably still get a 6% rise next year. The police have got to be based somewhere, the stadium makes sense. They have a couple working dinners in Cardiff but the bulk of the summit is in Newport, hence why it's a 'Wales' summit and not Newport. As for the president and his travel and accommodation plans, well nobody knows, like it matters, and even after there will be half a dozen differing stories of where and how. VoiceOfDaPort
  • Score: -19

9:05pm Wed 27 Aug 14

GogExile says...

VoiceOfDaPort wrote:
Aren't the owners of the Rodney Parade Newport Council? More money in Newport's coffers, but probably still get a 6% rise next year.

The police have got to be based somewhere, the stadium makes sense.

They have a couple working dinners in Cardiff but the bulk of the summit is in Newport, hence why it's a 'Wales' summit and not Newport.

As for the president and his travel and accommodation plans, well nobody knows, like it matters, and even after there will be half a dozen differing stories of where and how.
Where on earth did come up with the idea that Newport Council own Rodney Parade? They categorically don't. Apart from that, I totally agree with everything else you say.
[quote][p][bold]VoiceOfDaPort[/bold] wrote: Aren't the owners of the Rodney Parade Newport Council? More money in Newport's coffers, but probably still get a 6% rise next year. The police have got to be based somewhere, the stadium makes sense. They have a couple working dinners in Cardiff but the bulk of the summit is in Newport, hence why it's a 'Wales' summit and not Newport. As for the president and his travel and accommodation plans, well nobody knows, like it matters, and even after there will be half a dozen differing stories of where and how.[/p][/quote]Where on earth did come up with the idea that Newport Council own Rodney Parade? They categorically don't. Apart from that, I totally agree with everything else you say. GogExile
  • Score: 26

9:22pm Wed 27 Aug 14

polly12 says...

What a bloody joke newport may as well lose it's doors to everyone over the couple of days
What a bloody joke newport may as well lose it's doors to everyone over the couple of days polly12
  • Score: -15

9:23pm Wed 27 Aug 14

polly12 says...

polly12 wrote:
What a bloody joke newport may as well lose it's doors to everyone over the couple of days
Close it's doors
[quote][p][bold]polly12[/bold] wrote: What a bloody joke newport may as well lose it's doors to everyone over the couple of days[/p][/quote]Close it's doors polly12
  • Score: -12

9:48pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Frankfurt says...

I hope that the police are paying a good fee to hire RP and that this will help Newport Rugby's finances and Newport County's too.
I hope that the police are paying a good fee to hire RP and that this will help Newport Rugby's finances and Newport County's too. Frankfurt
  • Score: 18

10:29pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

Frankfurt wrote:
I hope that the police are paying a good fee to hire RP and that this will help Newport Rugby's finances and Newport County's too.
Rodney Parade Limited is wholly owned by Newport RFC. Newport RFC is owned by shareholders, mostly Martyn Hazell.
[quote][p][bold]Frankfurt[/bold] wrote: I hope that the police are paying a good fee to hire RP and that this will help Newport Rugby's finances and Newport County's too.[/p][/quote]Rodney Parade Limited is wholly owned by Newport RFC. Newport RFC is owned by shareholders, mostly Martyn Hazell. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 8

12:51am Thu 28 Aug 14

sam tyler says...

Thomas O'Malley wrote:
Frankfurt wrote:
I hope that the police are paying a good fee to hire RP and that this will help Newport Rugby's finances and Newport County's too.
Rodney Parade Limited is wholly owned by Newport RFC. Newport RFC is owned by shareholders, mostly Martyn Hazell.
I think you mean Tony Brown
[quote][p][bold]Thomas O'Malley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frankfurt[/bold] wrote: I hope that the police are paying a good fee to hire RP and that this will help Newport Rugby's finances and Newport County's too.[/p][/quote]Rodney Parade Limited is wholly owned by Newport RFC. Newport RFC is owned by shareholders, mostly Martyn Hazell.[/p][/quote]I think you mean Tony Brown sam tyler
  • Score: 1

6:34am Thu 28 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Amazing, you don't see a sole police officer on the beat for 20 years along Corporation Road and then all of a sudden 20,000 turn up!;)
Amazing, you don't see a sole police officer on the beat for 20 years along Corporation Road and then all of a sudden 20,000 turn up!;) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 16

7:13am Thu 28 Aug 14

artsfan says...

GogExile wrote:
Mervyn James wrote:
Overkill springs to mind. What with Newport and Cardiff ringed with steel roads closed, clubs, shops, school shut down, hospital patients told to go elsewhere for the duration, its damned ridiculous, politicians are ten a penny, it is us who pay the real price.
The 'real price' could be the death of a democratically elected human being and anyone unfortunate enough to be in their proximity. All NATO member states are democracies. You've regularly cited the Chartists as a pro-protest example and yet the principle they died for is more than realised - one person, one vote, democracy. These leaders are the result of such struggles. Democratically elected regardless of gender or social standing. A brief period of disruption is our only price to pay to keep democratically elected people, and the rest of us, safe. You've cited the Chartists on other threads, I'd wager they'd baulk at your whining about being inconvenienced.
The 'real price' could be death many of us in Newport from a terrorist action causing brought about by this event being hosted here. And while you're talking about Chartists, don't forget they fought for MP's wages and look how that has been abused. That would make them turn in their graves, as well as the more than a third of a million pounds spend on security for each 'protected person'.
[quote][p][bold]GogExile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: Overkill springs to mind. What with Newport and Cardiff ringed with steel roads closed, clubs, shops, school shut down, hospital patients told to go elsewhere for the duration, its damned ridiculous, politicians are ten a penny, it is us who pay the real price.[/p][/quote]The 'real price' could be the death of a democratically elected human being and anyone unfortunate enough to be in their proximity. All NATO member states are democracies. You've regularly cited the Chartists as a pro-protest example and yet the principle they died for is more than realised - one person, one vote, democracy. These leaders are the result of such struggles. Democratically elected regardless of gender or social standing. A brief period of disruption is our only price to pay to keep democratically elected people, and the rest of us, safe. You've cited the Chartists on other threads, I'd wager they'd baulk at your whining about being inconvenienced.[/p][/quote]The 'real price' could be death many of us in Newport from a terrorist action causing brought about by this event being hosted here. And while you're talking about Chartists, don't forget they fought for MP's wages and look how that has been abused. That would make them turn in their graves, as well as the more than a third of a million pounds spend on security for each 'protected person'. artsfan
  • Score: -7

8:31am Thu 28 Aug 14

Roger Elliot says...

I live near Rodney Parade and on the weekend I saw a blatant transgression of traffic regulations- one of he frequent illegal right turns by the old Art College which frequently endanger pedestrians. This was different though as it was a heavy transport vehicle and a litter of policeman stood meekly by. I questioned one of them on this and he said something about how it was a military presence prescribed for NATO. In other news I have heard that the mochyn have threatened the landlord of a local hostelry where NO NATO meetings were allegedly taking place. Democracy much? They are supposed to protect us all not just the Masters of War!
I live near Rodney Parade and on the weekend I saw a blatant transgression of traffic regulations- one of he frequent illegal right turns by the old Art College which frequently endanger pedestrians. This was different though as it was a heavy transport vehicle and a litter of policeman stood meekly by. I questioned one of them on this and he said something about how it was a military presence prescribed for NATO. In other news I have heard that the mochyn have threatened the landlord of a local hostelry where NO NATO meetings were allegedly taking place. Democracy much? They are supposed to protect us all not just the Masters of War! Roger Elliot
  • Score: -9

9:31am Thu 28 Aug 14

OldSlugs says...

Hardly breaking news. This was the reason the Dragons warm up match Vs Northampton on Friday was moved to Ebbw Vale, so was really announced back in June or July?

Another thing, anyone around Cwmbran seen the 50 or so black or silver Mercedes people carriers around Oakfield Road and the industrial estate. Place was swarming with them yesterday. Someones on a nice little earner hiring them till next week end.
Hardly breaking news. This was the reason the Dragons warm up match Vs Northampton on Friday was moved to Ebbw Vale, so was really announced back in June or July? Another thing, anyone around Cwmbran seen the 50 or so black or silver Mercedes people carriers around Oakfield Road and the industrial estate. Place was swarming with them yesterday. Someones on a nice little earner hiring them till next week end. OldSlugs
  • Score: -1

9:54am Thu 28 Aug 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Roger
I assume you are referring to online rumours about the Pen and Wig. The pub has denied that any such thing has happened.

OldSlugs
We haven't described this story as 'breaking news'. We have reported on the Rodney Parade lockdown many times. Yesterday was the first time we were able to expand on the reasons for it.
Roger I assume you are referring to online rumours about the Pen and Wig. The pub has denied that any such thing has happened. OldSlugs We haven't described this story as 'breaking news'. We have reported on the Rodney Parade lockdown many times. Yesterday was the first time we were able to expand on the reasons for it. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 6

10:09am Thu 28 Aug 14

Stevenboy says...

OldSlugs wrote:
Hardly breaking news. This was the reason the Dragons warm up match Vs Northampton on Friday was moved to Ebbw Vale, so was really announced back in June or July?

Another thing, anyone around Cwmbran seen the 50 or so black or silver Mercedes people carriers around Oakfield Road and the industrial estate. Place was swarming with them yesterday. Someones on a nice little earner hiring them till next week end.
Someones on a nice little earner hiring them till next week end.'

You have a problem with someone's successful business? By the cringe.
[quote][p][bold]OldSlugs[/bold] wrote: Hardly breaking news. This was the reason the Dragons warm up match Vs Northampton on Friday was moved to Ebbw Vale, so was really announced back in June or July? Another thing, anyone around Cwmbran seen the 50 or so black or silver Mercedes people carriers around Oakfield Road and the industrial estate. Place was swarming with them yesterday. Someones on a nice little earner hiring them till next week end.[/p][/quote]Someones on a nice little earner hiring them till next week end.' You have a problem with someone's successful business? By the cringe. Stevenboy
  • Score: 6

11:57am Thu 28 Aug 14

Roland Thompson-Gunner says...

Anyone with half a brain could work out what the "lockdown" would be all about as soon as it was announced. But isn't the fact that the Argus was barred from reporting the reason until now just a tad worrying?
Anyone with half a brain could work out what the "lockdown" would be all about as soon as it was announced. But isn't the fact that the Argus was barred from reporting the reason until now just a tad worrying? Roland Thompson-Gunner
  • Score: 1

1:00pm Thu 28 Aug 14

throwy1 says...

Well I for one am all in favour of N.A.T.O. and all it stands for. its rather amusing that since its formation the number of World wars stands at "0"
Well I for one am all in favour of N.A.T.O. and all it stands for. its rather amusing that since its formation the number of World wars stands at "0" throwy1
  • Score: 7

4:12pm Thu 28 Aug 14

GT Squash says...

In addition to the County and the Dragons being affected, this will be the first time that Newport Squash Rackets Club (based within the ground) will have shut its doors since 1967.

I am really disappointed that no prior consultation took place between either Rodney Parade Limited or Gwent Police and the club's Committee Members.

I really hope they will be compensated or, at the very least, acknowledged in this whole affair.
In addition to the County and the Dragons being affected, this will be the first time that Newport Squash Rackets Club (based within the ground) will have shut its doors since 1967. I am really disappointed that no prior consultation took place between either Rodney Parade Limited or Gwent Police and the club's Committee Members. I really hope they will be compensated or, at the very least, acknowledged in this whole affair. GT Squash
  • Score: -4

6:45pm Thu 28 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

when you say the police have hired it argus .you really mean the tax payer dont you ?
when you say the police have hired it argus .you really mean the tax payer dont you ? jimmysmith
  • Score: 2

2:20pm Fri 29 Aug 14

OldSlugs says...

jimmysmith wrote:
when you say the police have hired it argus .you really mean the tax payer dont you ?
Oh yes, its us thats paying, and no Stevenboy, got nothing against anybody running their business, no criticism at all of the guys who are doing this, but again its us who's paying for their nice little earner!
[quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: when you say the police have hired it argus .you really mean the tax payer dont you ?[/p][/quote]Oh yes, its us thats paying, and no Stevenboy, got nothing against anybody running their business, no criticism at all of the guys who are doing this, but again its us who's paying for their nice little earner! OldSlugs
  • Score: 0

9:23am Sat 30 Aug 14

DGee123 says...

I'm all for curbing spending where possible, but if you want nice things - like a democracy, and international organisations formed for mutual protection - then you have to pay for them. It costs money to run a business, it costs money to run a country and it costs money to hold a summit.

Next time, someone else will be footing the bill, but this year, it's our round - so how about we do the classy thing and stand it like everyone else... without whining that Obama's asked for a double gin and we're only drinking pints, or whatever.
I'm all for curbing spending where possible, but if you want nice things - like a democracy, and international organisations formed for mutual protection - then you have to pay for them. It costs money to run a business, it costs money to run a country and it costs money to hold a summit. Next time, someone else will be footing the bill, but this year, it's our round - so how about we do the classy thing and stand it like everyone else... without whining that Obama's asked for a double gin and we're only drinking pints, or whatever. DGee123
  • Score: 1
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