Rodney Parade pitch work delayed

South Wales Argus: PITCH PROBLEMS: County chief executive Dave Boddy on the soggy surface at Rodney Parade earlier this year PITCH PROBLEMS: County chief executive Dave Boddy on the soggy surface at Rodney Parade earlier this year

WORK to improve the pitch at Rodney Parade won’t begin as planned on Monday, say Newport County AFC.

The Exiles, who share the ground with owners Newport RFC and Newport Gwent Dragons, had announced at their recent fans’ forum that the work would begin on May 12.

But the contractors have other commitments next week and won’t now be able to start on the Rodney Parade surface until some time in the week beginning May 19.

A club spokesman said the work would be finished in time for the prestige friendly with Carl Zeiss Jena on July 26 “unless there are any unforeseen circumstances.”

The £80,000 drainage improvement project, organised and paid for by County, was only partly completed last summer.

The plan was to install improved drainage along with a Dragons-funded £40,000 irrigation scheme. The latter was completed but contractors ran out of time to complete the former.

The main drainage channels running the length of the pitch were put in place but the sand and gravel slits that run across the pitch and tie the whole system together were only in place from the changing rooms end up to halfway.

That left the northern end of the pitch – traditionally the most troublesome end – at risk of flooding and it was that end that suffered so badly during one of the wettest winters on record.

County saw six home matches postponed in December, January and February and large parts of the northern end of the pitch have been covered in sand since then, making life difficult for Justin Edinburgh’s men.

Star striker Aaron O’Connor said: “Having a decent pitch will help us next season.

“We’ve been labelled as a kick it long team this season but it’s not been easy to get the ball down and play on that surface.

“A lot of footballing sides have come here and realised they can’t do that either and they’ve resorted to long ball football.

“It’s not what the fans want to see and it’s not what the players want either.

“Players don’t like doing it and it’s not pretty but we felt that was the best way to deal with it and get results.

“We want to play football,” he added. “We don’t want the ball in the air all the time. We were brought up playing football and we want that as much as the fans.

“Hopefully if the pitch gets sorted and we can look after it a little bit better we can play some good stuff next season.”

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11:06am Sat 10 May 14

Rodneyboy says...

Surely this job should have had priority after they failed to finish the job last summer.Sounds like a poor show to me.
Surely this job should have had priority after they failed to finish the job last summer.Sounds like a poor show to me. Rodneyboy
  • Score: 30

11:17am Sat 10 May 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

Hope this doesn't mean another botched job this year, they would have known of this commitment before now- typical ****-up.
Hope this doesn't mean another botched job this year, they would have known of this commitment before now- typical ****-up. lowandhardandinthecorner
  • Score: 25

11:35am Sat 10 May 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

bugger the contractors deadines, they didnt get it finished last year, not there are delays and possibly more delayes due to "unforseen circumstances"

get them on there now not leave it too late again , i know what contractors can be like i work for a buidling firm
bugger the contractors deadines, they didnt get it finished last year, not there are delays and possibly more delayes due to "unforseen circumstances" get them on there now not leave it too late again , i know what contractors can be like i work for a buidling firm COUNTYVOICE
  • Score: 13

1:43pm Sat 10 May 14

sooty001 says...

Not good enough they should be made to complete this job first, this was incomplete from last year so surely it should be a priority, can help but feel that the management are not being strong enough. We don't want anything to go wrong this time and I can't help feeling that maybe we got the wrong company in to do this job.
Not good enough they should be made to complete this job first, this was incomplete from last year so surely it should be a priority, can help but feel that the management are not being strong enough. We don't want anything to go wrong this time and I can't help feeling that maybe we got the wrong company in to do this job. sooty001
  • Score: 19

1:50pm Sat 10 May 14

Calon_Lan says...

Sounds like a typical NGD game plan to me. Start at the wrong end of the pitch, poor pre-planning, don't leave enough time to finish the job!
On the other hand NGD could now change their name and logo to "The Cabbage Patch Dolls".
Gareth if you're reading this I claim this one.
Sounds like a typical NGD game plan to me. Start at the wrong end of the pitch, poor pre-planning, don't leave enough time to finish the job! On the other hand NGD could now change their name and logo to "The Cabbage Patch Dolls". Gareth if you're reading this I claim this one. Calon_Lan
  • Score: -7

1:57pm Sat 10 May 14

Calon_Lan says...

That photo at the top is ideal for a caption competition. I'll start; "That is definitely rice I see growing there".
That photo at the top is ideal for a caption competition. I'll start; "That is definitely rice I see growing there". Calon_Lan
  • Score: 8

3:02pm Sat 10 May 14

JimMachen says...

I would be inclined to say "unbelievable" if it wasn't so believable. If I am honest, it was possibly even half expected.

I am sure that I read somewhere that the contractors had been paid in full for the work at an early stage, although I stand to be corrected if that is not the case.

I dealt with contractors for over twenty years before retirement and this whole saga demonstrates a level of commercial naiveté I have rarely seen.

Assuming that I am correct and the contractors have already been paid in full, why were there not staged progress payments, with part of the final sum to be paid on completion and a 5% retention for twelve months to ensure the contractors rapid response to rectify any problems?

Also why were no exploratory excavations (or core samples if you like) carried out to establish the state of the ground before work was commenced?

I am sure that as a builder, Howard Greenhaf, with over thirty years experience in construction and civil engineering, would never commence a project without establishing the nature of the ground he was using. A dozen or so golf ball sized holes in various parts of the pitch would have established that the under soil in various parts of the pitch was friable and would have determined the amount of work required, the amount of manpower and equipment needed and the level of preparation of the ground required before the slits could be successfully dug.

All fairly standard practice in contracts involving groundworks.
I would be inclined to say "unbelievable" if it wasn't so believable. If I am honest, it was possibly even half expected. I am sure that I read somewhere that the contractors had been paid in full for the work at an early stage, although I stand to be corrected if that is not the case. I dealt with contractors for over twenty years before retirement and this whole saga demonstrates a level of commercial naiveté I have rarely seen. Assuming that I am correct and the contractors have already been paid in full, why were there not staged progress payments, with part of the final sum to be paid on completion and a 5% retention for twelve months to ensure the contractors rapid response to rectify any problems? Also why were no exploratory excavations (or core samples if you like) carried out to establish the state of the ground before work was commenced? I am sure that as a builder, Howard Greenhaf, with over thirty years experience in construction and civil engineering, would never commence a project without establishing the nature of the ground he was using. A dozen or so golf ball sized holes in various parts of the pitch would have established that the under soil in various parts of the pitch was friable and would have determined the amount of work required, the amount of manpower and equipment needed and the level of preparation of the ground required before the slits could be successfully dug. All fairly standard practice in contracts involving groundworks. JimMachen
  • Score: 30

4:38pm Sat 10 May 14

displayed says...

Its simple , just do this ;
"Penarth’s Stanwell School is applying for planning permission to install a floodlit synthetic “multi sports” pitch within its existing campus .

The school has applied for planning permission to lay a 101 metre X 63 metre sand dressed synthetic grass pitch with 3 metre high perimeter fencing, floodlighting, access pathway and “ancillary features” including car parking.

The synthetic pitch will replace a currently “poorly drained” pitch of natural turf which is used for rugby"

Cant say it'll improve their playing, but it'll look good.........

Sorted!
Next!
Its simple , just do this ; "Penarth’s Stanwell School is applying for planning permission to install a floodlit synthetic “multi sports” pitch within its existing campus . The school has applied for planning permission to lay a 101 metre X 63 metre sand dressed synthetic grass pitch with 3 metre high perimeter fencing, floodlighting, access pathway and “ancillary features” including car parking. The synthetic pitch will replace a currently “poorly drained” pitch of natural turf which is used for rugby" Cant say it'll improve their playing, but it'll look good......... Sorted! Next! displayed
  • Score: -2

6:50pm Sat 10 May 14

displayed says...

"All fairly standard practice in contracts involving groundworks."
Obviously not with this co, bit like the council who love to waste money on "improvement projects, the pig, the train, the Ox, the human statues, the clock, bus station groundwork an ole uncle tom cobbley an all!

"The latter was completed but contractors ran out of time to complete the former."
£80,000 for what!
There avin a giraffe.............
..
"All fairly standard practice in contracts involving groundworks." Obviously not with this co, bit like the council who love to waste money on "improvement projects, the pig, the train, the Ox, the human statues, the clock, bus station groundwork an ole uncle tom cobbley an all! "The latter was completed but contractors ran out of time to complete the former." £80,000 for what! There avin a giraffe............. .. displayed
  • Score: 18

8:20pm Sat 10 May 14

County says...

displayed wrote:
"All fairly standard practice in contracts involving groundworks."
Obviously not with this co, bit like the council who love to waste money on "improvement projects, the pig, the train, the Ox, the human statues, the clock, bus station groundwork an ole uncle tom cobbley an all!

"The latter was completed but contractors ran out of time to complete the former."
£80,000 for what!
There avin a giraffe.............

..
Time to call in Dominic Littlewood.
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: "All fairly standard practice in contracts involving groundworks." Obviously not with this co, bit like the council who love to waste money on "improvement projects, the pig, the train, the Ox, the human statues, the clock, bus station groundwork an ole uncle tom cobbley an all! "The latter was completed but contractors ran out of time to complete the former." £80,000 for what! There avin a giraffe............. ..[/p][/quote]Time to call in Dominic Littlewood. County
  • Score: 3

9:47pm Sat 10 May 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

hang on this is an episode of ANT N DEC's UNDERCOVER PROGRAM that explains alot........oops sorry not this is for real . county board kick some ****
hang on this is an episode of ANT N DEC's UNDERCOVER PROGRAM that explains alot........oops sorry not this is for real . county board kick some **** COUNTYVOICE
  • Score: 2

2:55pm Sun 11 May 14

MX47 says...

I can't what difference a week is going to make..... they only gotta do half the pitch lol!!!
I can't what difference a week is going to make..... they only gotta do half the pitch lol!!! MX47
  • Score: -4

3:01pm Sun 11 May 14

sooty001 says...

MX47 wrote:
I can't what difference a week is going to make..... they only gotta do half the pitch lol!!!
A week can be a long time in grass growth, the longer the seeds are down the deeper and stronger the roots become.
[quote][p][bold]MX47[/bold] wrote: I can't what difference a week is going to make..... they only gotta do half the pitch lol!!![/p][/quote]A week can be a long time in grass growth, the longer the seeds are down the deeper and stronger the roots become. sooty001
  • Score: 6

6:02pm Sun 11 May 14

Foxyboy3rd says...

It all depends on whether they do start the following week or have a "delay" .
Why in the first instant do the bad end first . Obviously not well co-ordinated.
It all depends on whether they do start the following week or have a "delay" . Why in the first instant do the bad end first . Obviously not well co-ordinated. Foxyboy3rd
  • Score: 6

9:32pm Sun 11 May 14

MX47 says...

sooty001 wrote:
MX47 wrote:
I can't what difference a week is going to make..... they only gotta do half the pitch lol!!!
A week can be a long time in grass growth, the longer the seeds are down the deeper and stronger the roots become.
C'mon can't see it taking too long..... surely not gonna re-seed the whole of the "bad" end again!!!!!

A lot of the work has already been done when they carried out repairs during the season so the only bits that need re-seeding will be the bits where they work on. I can see that only being a fraction of the work done last year, so not gonna take too long.

Just hope it works, but the pitch is never gonna be perfect with 2 rugby teams playing on it as well.
[quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MX47[/bold] wrote: I can't what difference a week is going to make..... they only gotta do half the pitch lol!!![/p][/quote]A week can be a long time in grass growth, the longer the seeds are down the deeper and stronger the roots become.[/p][/quote]C'mon can't see it taking too long..... surely not gonna re-seed the whole of the "bad" end again!!!!! A lot of the work has already been done when they carried out repairs during the season so the only bits that need re-seeding will be the bits where they work on. I can see that only being a fraction of the work done last year, so not gonna take too long. Just hope it works, but the pitch is never gonna be perfect with 2 rugby teams playing on it as well. MX47
  • Score: -2

9:32pm Sun 11 May 14

MX47 says...

sooty001 wrote:
MX47 wrote:
I can't what difference a week is going to make..... they only gotta do half the pitch lol!!!
A week can be a long time in grass growth, the longer the seeds are down the deeper and stronger the roots become.
C'mon can't see it taking too long..... surely not gonna re-seed the whole of the "bad" end again!!!!!

A lot of the work has already been done when they carried out repairs during the season so the only bits that need re-seeding will be the bits where they work on. I can see that only being a fraction of the work done last year, so not gonna take too long.

Just hope it works, but the pitch is never gonna be perfect with 2 rugby teams playing on it as well.
[quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MX47[/bold] wrote: I can't what difference a week is going to make..... they only gotta do half the pitch lol!!![/p][/quote]A week can be a long time in grass growth, the longer the seeds are down the deeper and stronger the roots become.[/p][/quote]C'mon can't see it taking too long..... surely not gonna re-seed the whole of the "bad" end again!!!!! A lot of the work has already been done when they carried out repairs during the season so the only bits that need re-seeding will be the bits where they work on. I can see that only being a fraction of the work done last year, so not gonna take too long. Just hope it works, but the pitch is never gonna be perfect with 2 rugby teams playing on it as well. MX47
  • Score: -2

9:22am Mon 12 May 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

I like that game so I'll go with - I know my contact lenses are around here somewhere but I'll be damned if I can see 'em.
I like that game so I'll go with - I know my contact lenses are around here somewhere but I'll be damned if I can see 'em. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 0

10:04am Mon 12 May 14

JimMachen says...

MX47 wrote:
sooty001 wrote:
MX47 wrote:
I can't what difference a week is going to make..... they only gotta do half the pitch lol!!!
A week can be a long time in grass growth, the longer the seeds are down the deeper and stronger the roots become.
C'mon can't see it taking too long..... surely not gonna re-seed the whole of the "bad" end again!!!!!

A lot of the work has already been done when they carried out repairs during the season so the only bits that need re-seeding will be the bits where they work on. I can see that only being a fraction of the work done last year, so not gonna take too long.

Just hope it works, but the pitch is never gonna be perfect with 2 rugby teams playing on it as well.
But the grass won't grow any quicker just because only half/part of one end of the pitch will be reseeded.
[quote][p][bold]MX47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MX47[/bold] wrote: I can't what difference a week is going to make..... they only gotta do half the pitch lol!!![/p][/quote]A week can be a long time in grass growth, the longer the seeds are down the deeper and stronger the roots become.[/p][/quote]C'mon can't see it taking too long..... surely not gonna re-seed the whole of the "bad" end again!!!!! A lot of the work has already been done when they carried out repairs during the season so the only bits that need re-seeding will be the bits where they work on. I can see that only being a fraction of the work done last year, so not gonna take too long. Just hope it works, but the pitch is never gonna be perfect with 2 rugby teams playing on it as well.[/p][/quote]But the grass won't grow any quicker just because only half/part of one end of the pitch will be reseeded. JimMachen
  • Score: 1

4:25pm Mon 12 May 14

Caerleonboy says...

The pitch use to be excellent until Newport County started playing on it, they cut the grass too short now so the pitch just cuts up
The pitch use to be excellent until Newport County started playing on it, they cut the grass too short now so the pitch just cuts up Caerleonboy
  • Score: 1

11:21pm Mon 12 May 14

llandaff says...

I have only just got up to speed on this. At first I thought I was reading an article from 2013! Tell me this is not happening. Where is the accountability here? Just beyond belief. It would have been better if County had demanded a portion of the money back last year and employed someone more reliable to finish off the work now. Precipice management!
I have only just got up to speed on this. At first I thought I was reading an article from 2013! Tell me this is not happening. Where is the accountability here? Just beyond belief. It would have been better if County had demanded a portion of the money back last year and employed someone more reliable to finish off the work now. Precipice management! llandaff
  • Score: 5

11:57pm Tue 13 May 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

Quite a bit of the wet half of the pitch has good grass on it so it will be stripped off and relaid when the drainage work is completed. There are two or three poor patches that will need reseeding. This can be stored outside the ground near the club house and relaid after it is complete. Say a week to strip three or four weeks to complete the drainage work and a week to relay the turf and seed the poor bits. The job should take no more than five or six weeks and allow four weeks for it to knit together again and it will be ready to play on. The pitch will be ready for the friendly games by both the County and Rugby. By the way the way the fixtures are set out only two teams normally play each week on the pitch during the wet season and the pitch looks very good now with all three teams having completed their fixtures after the wettest winter since records began.
Quite a bit of the wet half of the pitch has good grass on it so it will be stripped off and relaid when the drainage work is completed. There are two or three poor patches that will need reseeding. This can be stored outside the ground near the club house and relaid after it is complete. Say a week to strip three or four weeks to complete the drainage work and a week to relay the turf and seed the poor bits. The job should take no more than five or six weeks and allow four weeks for it to knit together again and it will be ready to play on. The pitch will be ready for the friendly games by both the County and Rugby. By the way the way the fixtures are set out only two teams normally play each week on the pitch during the wet season and the pitch looks very good now with all three teams having completed their fixtures after the wettest winter since records began. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 1

11:44am Fri 16 May 14

-trigg- says...

My caption suggestion:

"I knew it was a mistake offering to share the pitch with the water polo team"
My caption suggestion: "I knew it was a mistake offering to share the pitch with the water polo team" -trigg-
  • Score: 0

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