LETTERS From A. Reeder, Newport:
CAN I assure Mr Wilkins (CP, letters, 09-11-12) that I, for one, as a resident, was certainly not swayed by the sop of two free tickets to the IW Festival.
Looking at the facts, I would rather have three days’ wages for my wife and myself than two tickets to see the likes of Neil Young.
We had to queue up in the rain this year with proof of who we were, like naughty little children, to see if the person waiting was indeed the home owner who had been granted the two free tickets.
Anyone wanting to then sell them and go on holiday with the profits would have been sadly unable to go anywhere.
In any case, would you consider two free tickets adequate to make you keep quiet about people using your doorstep as a toilet, dealing drugs outside your front window and being kept awake all night by the noise, not to mention the disruption?
I, for one, have never sold my tickets but have given them away to people more needy than myself.
I would rather not have the tickets and have some transparency about what is actually going on, especially after this year’s fiasco.
Generally, I am in favour of the IW Festival, but I feel that it is now too large for the location.
I really can’t wait to see how the grass is to be cut on that land next year with all the stones and gravel that has gone down.
I like the comments by Graham and Susan Perks about getting interested parties around a table to discuss the way forward, but am not holding my breath.