Pill residents want answers over Nato peace camp plans

Pill residents want answers over Nato peace camp plans

Pill residents want answers over Nato peace camp plans

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PILL residents are demanding answers as to why Pill Park was chosen to house the NATO peace camp without consulting them.

A public meeting has been called following a decision to allow a peace camp on playing fields next to Pillgwenlly Millennium Centre while the Nato summit takes place.

Courtybella Terrace resident, Sally Wallis, said that she would be attending the public meeting at Pill Millennium Centre, 8pm, tomorrow night to get answers.

She said: “Residents feel that they have been left completely in the dark and were not consulted on the issue before a decision was made.

“We don’t know how many people are expected to turn up, it will be noisy for residents, nobody knows where they will park their cars and people are scared that it will attract some trouble makers.”

Dates for the camp are yet to be finalised but it is understood that it will operate from August 27 to the weekend following the summit.

Mrs Wallis said that the field is well used by children using it to play, people walking their dogs, and by sports teams, who will be unable to use it while the protestors are there.

“There are other more suitable areas that are not in the middle of a residential estate. It is their right to protest but it is our right to say we do not want it here,” she added.

Also attending the meeting is Pill Harriers RFC chairman Brian Cromwell who said that he was only made aware of the arrangement on Friday.

He said: “This could affect our club in a big way so we should have been consulted so I want to know why we weren’t before a decision was made.

“We train almost every night, which we pay the council for, so we will have to find an alternative site while the protestors are there, but we have a game on September 6 and we will need the pitch up to standard.”

Speaking previously a spokeswoman for Newport City Council said they have met Pillgwenlly community leaders to discuss the plans.

She added as no alternative sites were offered, partner agencies are attempting to work with the protestors to minimise the potential impact as much as possible.

Discussions regarding funding for services provided for the camp are continuing as are talks with the protestors.

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Newport West, Nick Webb, has written a letter to Newport Council leader Bob Bright, asking who was consulted before a decision was made, are there any requirements for the protestors to clean up when they leave and the estimated cost to Newport City Council in funding for the camp.

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1:02pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Paxman's Army says...

Apparently the Manor's golf course wasn't suitable.
Apparently the Manor's golf course wasn't suitable. Paxman's Army
  • Score: 9

1:08pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Evil Flanker says...

Protesting about protesting, kinda ironic aint it.
Protesting about protesting, kinda ironic aint it. Evil Flanker
  • Score: 12

1:11pm Mon 11 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

Why not the university campus at Caerleon? Students all on vacation, loads of self catering accommodation, a fully equipped gym, cafe and bar etc....... AND easy marching distance to NATO. They could call round Rosemary Butler's for cupcakes, coffee and the Guardian.
Why not the university campus at Caerleon? Students all on vacation, loads of self catering accommodation, a fully equipped gym, cafe and bar etc....... AND easy marching distance to NATO. They could call round Rosemary Butler's for cupcakes, coffee and the Guardian. KarloMarko
  • Score: 30

1:14pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Peace on our time;)
Peace on our time;) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 4

1:22pm Mon 11 Aug 14

welshmen says...

Give the Peace protesters a run out the proposed new traveller site at Ringland, see what the Ringland C/Taxpayers are to expect when our Council fork out £5 Million + for anyone from anywhere to live amongst them....
Give the Peace protesters a run out the proposed new traveller site at Ringland, see what the Ringland C/Taxpayers are to expect when our Council fork out £5 Million + for anyone from anywhere to live amongst them.... welshmen
  • Score: 6

1:25pm Mon 11 Aug 14

john.hall1000 says...

How long has Newport council known about nato coming to Newport, and whats wrong with shaftsbury park, iit's big enough, not houses all around it unlike pill!. Why do the council treat their residents like mushrooms, keep them in the dark and feed them s#!t.
How long has Newport council known about nato coming to Newport, and whats wrong with shaftsbury park, iit's big enough, not houses all around it unlike pill!. Why do the council treat their residents like mushrooms, keep them in the dark and feed them s#!t. john.hall1000
  • Score: 11

1:39pm Mon 11 Aug 14

disgruntled taxpayer says...

seeing as the Nato Summit is being held in the " VALE OF USK " and not NEWPORT , may i suggest a Suitable site should be found for the " PEACE CAMP " in the " VALE OF USK " as well . if Mr Matthews wants the prestige of having the nato summit at his leisure resort , who are we to deny him the right of having the peace camp as well .
seeing as the Nato Summit is being held in the " VALE OF USK " and not NEWPORT , may i suggest a Suitable site should be found for the " PEACE CAMP " in the " VALE OF USK " as well . if Mr Matthews wants the prestige of having the nato summit at his leisure resort , who are we to deny him the right of having the peace camp as well . disgruntled taxpayer
  • Score: 15

3:07pm Mon 11 Aug 14

-trigg- says...

How big is Bob Bright's back garden?
How big is Bob Bright's back garden? -trigg-
  • Score: 6

3:34pm Mon 11 Aug 14

DavidMclean says...

I'll bet the shops in Pill are rubbing their hands in glee at all that business heading their way! After all, the protesters will all need to eat and drink. And I dare say the pubs in the area are going to benefit as well.

As an aside, if this is the NATO Peace Camp, I assume the Celtic Manor is hosting the NATO War Camp.

I find it amusing how the people actually bringing the disruption and expense - NATO - are being defended by people and preferred over protesters who don't want them here. I guess some people will always be cap-doffers to 'the man' and puppets of government regardless of what it costs them.
I'll bet the shops in Pill are rubbing their hands in glee at all that business heading their way! After all, the protesters will all need to eat and drink. And I dare say the pubs in the area are going to benefit as well. As an aside, if this is the NATO Peace Camp, I assume the Celtic Manor is hosting the NATO War Camp. I find it amusing how the people actually bringing the disruption and expense - NATO - are being defended by people and preferred over protesters who don't want them here. I guess some people will always be cap-doffers to 'the man' and puppets of government regardless of what it costs them. DavidMclean
  • Score: -4

4:16pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Bobevans says...

Whilst people have a right to protest peacefully they do not have a right to cause an obstruction or to camp on public land. You can pretty much guarantee that a significant number of criminal offences will take place at this camp and that they will be ignored by the police & the council

Don't pay your council tax on time though and they will be thre4ating you with legal action within days. Priorities are very wrong
Whilst people have a right to protest peacefully they do not have a right to cause an obstruction or to camp on public land. You can pretty much guarantee that a significant number of criminal offences will take place at this camp and that they will be ignored by the police & the council Don't pay your council tax on time though and they will be thre4ating you with legal action within days. Priorities are very wrong Bobevans
  • Score: 3

4:39pm Mon 11 Aug 14

bodlondon says...

DavidMclean wrote:
I'll bet the shops in Pill are rubbing their hands in glee at all that business heading their way! After all, the protesters will all need to eat and drink. And I dare say the pubs in the area are going to benefit as well.

As an aside, if this is the NATO Peace Camp, I assume the Celtic Manor is hosting the NATO War Camp.

I find it amusing how the people actually bringing the disruption and expense - NATO - are being defended by people and preferred over protesters who don't want them here. I guess some people will always be cap-doffers to 'the man' and puppets of government regardless of what it costs them.
Wrong.
The protestors have said they are going to a cash & carry

Nobody in Pill is rubbing their hands at the enforced loss of a public amenity - it's not as if the area is over-run with opportunities for enjoyment
It has nothing to do with being cap doffers and everything to do with objecting to a group of middle class do-gooders turning up and trashing the only area available for the residents
[quote][p][bold]DavidMclean[/bold] wrote: I'll bet the shops in Pill are rubbing their hands in glee at all that business heading their way! After all, the protesters will all need to eat and drink. And I dare say the pubs in the area are going to benefit as well. As an aside, if this is the NATO Peace Camp, I assume the Celtic Manor is hosting the NATO War Camp. I find it amusing how the people actually bringing the disruption and expense - NATO - are being defended by people and preferred over protesters who don't want them here. I guess some people will always be cap-doffers to 'the man' and puppets of government regardless of what it costs them.[/p][/quote]Wrong. The protestors have said they are going to a cash & carry Nobody in Pill is rubbing their hands at the enforced loss of a public amenity - it's not as if the area is over-run with opportunities for enjoyment It has nothing to do with being cap doffers and everything to do with objecting to a group of middle class do-gooders turning up and trashing the only area available for the residents bodlondon
  • Score: 9

6:36pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Paxman's Army says...

And as of 6:30, hackers have broke into Pippa Bartolotti's webpage. Wow. . .wot damage!
And as of 6:30, hackers have broke into Pippa Bartolotti's webpage. Wow. . .wot damage! Paxman's Army
  • Score: 0

6:39pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Paxman's Army says...

Whoops. I take that back. It's not her real webpage. Great stuff though.
Whoops. I take that back. It's not her real webpage. Great stuff though. Paxman's Army
  • Score: 0

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