A packed meeting in Caerleon Town Hall, organised by Councillor Paul Huntley and attended by Councillors Gail Giles and Cliff Suller, heard that Gwent Police hope to keep disruption for residents and local businesses to a minimum.
Inspector Mike Richards, from the local division, explained that they were expecting 150 VIPs, 5,000 delegates and 1500 media representatives – staying over a wide area – to attend the summit, and they were also preparing to deal with large scale protests.
It meant that more 8,000 police would be brought in from various parts of the UK to handle any disturbances. A security fence was being built around the site.
Until recently they had received very little information from the UK Government in London, but are now warning that although the only roads to be closed will be Bulmore and Catsash Roads (from August 31st) there will be severe delays on the M4 and other roads on the Thursday night and Friday morning of the summit. People travelling to work are advised to use public transport or share lifts.
The police will be staying on the USW campus at Caerleon, but there will be no parking restrictions in the town.Their presence will cover the two weeks before the event and possibly one week after. The public can phone 101 in the event of problems and there will be updates on https://www.gov.uk/nato-wales-local
Thirty eight schools throughout the region will be closed voluntarily.
Councillor Gilestold the audience that ( like the police) Newport City Council had had very little notice of the event, and local politicians had no control over how or where UK government money would be spent. Inspector Richards said that attempts were being made been to promote the local economy as a result of the summit coming to Newport.