Big screen switch off

This Is Wiltshire: Fans watching an England game at the Dolphin pub in Rodbourne Fans watching an England game at the Dolphin pub in Rodbourne

IT WAS announced yesterday that no matches from the World Cup will be shown on the big screen in Wharf Green this summer.

The decision has been made to both prevent trouble as well as help pubs in the town centre which will be showing the games.

The World Cup is due to be held in Brazil from June 12 until July 13, with interest from fans set to be high.

However, the decision has been taken that no match, regardless of which team is playing or kick-off time, will be shown and talks are still ongoing as to whether either the opening or closing ceremony will be shown.

InSwindon is the company responsible for controlling the screen and says as its funding comes from businesses in the town centre, it is important they are not seen to undermine them.

A spokesman said: “The decision has been taken that none of the matches will be shown on the big screen in Wharf Green.

“Historically we have taken advice from the police and concerns have been raised over possible trouble caused by fans gathering.

“We also have a responsibility not to take away trade from the pubs and bars in the town centre which will be showing the games.

“We are still in discussions on whether we will show the opening and closing ceremonies.

“Throughout the year there will be plenty of other live sport on the screens including the Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games.”

Fans will be able to watch many of the games at pubs in the town centre although there is confusion over some of the later kick-offs.

England’s match against Italy on June 14 is due to kick-off at 11pm meaning some pubs will need to extend their hours.

At the weekend, a government minister said because the World Cup was not a special event, licences were not going to be altered, but yesterday the Prime Minister said they would be relaxed for that game only.

Any pub wishing to extend their hours for any of the other games will need to apply for a temporary events notice. Police have said they will consider each application on a case by case basis but have promised every match will be adequately policed.

A spokesperson said: “Any premises wishing to stay open later than the operating hours set out in their licence for specific events must apply for a Temporary Event Notice.

"Wiltshire Police will only object to these notices on the grounds of crime and disorder. All large events are policed proportionately.”

Landlord Paul Mellor, of Yates, in the town centre, said: “It is a key event in the sporting calendar so we are hoping the government will allow us to show the games.

“We hope it will be a big event and we’ll certainly be showing all the England games, and most of the others.”

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6:08am Tue 4 Feb 14

mrwoo says...

what a f*ckin joke. Trouble is caused by rival fans.
what a f*ckin joke. Trouble is caused by rival fans. mrwoo
  • Score: -6

6:35am Tue 4 Feb 14

swindondad says...

With 11 pm kickoff's this was never going to be an option.
With 11 pm kickoff's this was never going to be an option. swindondad
  • Score: 11

6:49am Tue 4 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

agree dad and a sensible one too.
agree dad and a sensible one too. house on the hill
  • Score: 6

7:17am Tue 4 Feb 14

mrwoo says...

house on the hill wrote:
agree dad and a sensible one too.
backs to the wall!
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: agree dad and a sensible one too.[/p][/quote]backs to the wall! mrwoo
  • Score: -3

8:36am Tue 4 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

The matches are playing too late at night, maybe the council could record the matches and show them on the big screen with 12H delay.
The matches are playing too late at night, maybe the council could record the matches and show them on the big screen with 12H delay. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -14

9:10am Tue 4 Feb 14

Mushymushy says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
The matches are playing too late at night, maybe the council could record the matches and show them on the big screen with 12H delay.
Don't be a fool who would be bothered.
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: The matches are playing too late at night, maybe the council could record the matches and show them on the big screen with 12H delay.[/p][/quote]Don't be a fool who would be bothered. Mushymushy
  • Score: 1

9:31am Tue 4 Feb 14

Arrowfield says...

most events in Wharf Green are spoilt by chavy teens hanging about. Even the Xmas lights switch on was a bit edgy.
most events in Wharf Green are spoilt by chavy teens hanging about. Even the Xmas lights switch on was a bit edgy. Arrowfield
  • Score: 6

9:51am Tue 4 Feb 14

Davethered says...

How pathetic , they might as well take that thing down and throw it on a skip. Get a life who ever decides these things to watch. I don't think people are going to turn out in their thousands to watch a match in the town centre when they can watch it at home. It's just something for the bored husbands to do while their wives are shopping
How pathetic , they might as well take that thing down and throw it on a skip. Get a life who ever decides these things to watch. I don't think people are going to turn out in their thousands to watch a match in the town centre when they can watch it at home. It's just something for the bored husbands to do while their wives are shopping Davethered
  • Score: 10

9:56am Tue 4 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

Does anyone look at that thing anyway?
Seems a waste of time it being there
Does anyone look at that thing anyway? Seems a waste of time it being there Davey Gravey
  • Score: 4

10:01am Tue 4 Feb 14

Wildwestener says...

Take it down. What's the point of having it. Someone remind me why most of us actually pay Council Tax?
Take it down. What's the point of having it. Someone remind me why most of us actually pay Council Tax? Wildwestener
  • Score: 10

10:13am Tue 4 Feb 14

umpcah says...

Wildwestener wrote:
Take it down. What's the point of having it. Someone remind me why most of us actually pay Council Tax?
What's the point of having it ? Tricky question ! Anyone in the know ?
[quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: Take it down. What's the point of having it. Someone remind me why most of us actually pay Council Tax?[/p][/quote]What's the point of having it ? Tricky question ! Anyone in the know ? umpcah
  • Score: 7

11:09am Tue 4 Feb 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

With an 11PM kick off this would be a non starter.
It was originally paid for by SBC as part of the BBC big screen project there are a number of other sites around the UK,
Manchester showed the FIFA computer game finals to a massive crowd like many things it is what you make of it large public space farmers markets, expo`s, sporting events and commercial site are all things this site has been used for. When the olympic games were on I saw groups of people watching the screen.
Communal areas are needed where people can mix.
"Potential trouble caused by fans gathering" Every weekend then? any pub showing sport potentially will have fans gathering.
With an 11PM kick off this would be a non starter. It was originally paid for by SBC as part of the BBC big screen project there are a number of other sites around the UK, Manchester showed the FIFA computer game finals to a massive crowd like many things it is what you make of it large public space farmers markets, expo`s, sporting events and commercial site are all things this site has been used for. When the olympic games were on I saw groups of people watching the screen. Communal areas are needed where people can mix. "Potential trouble caused by fans gathering" Every weekend then? any pub showing sport potentially will have fans gathering. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 3

12:23pm Tue 4 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
With an 11PM kick off this would be a non starter.
It was originally paid for by SBC as part of the BBC big screen project there are a number of other sites around the UK,
Manchester showed the FIFA computer game finals to a massive crowd like many things it is what you make of it large public space farmers markets, expo`s, sporting events and commercial site are all things this site has been used for. When the olympic games were on I saw groups of people watching the screen.
Communal areas are needed where people can mix.
"Potential trouble caused by fans gathering" Every weekend then? any pub showing sport potentially will have fans gathering.
not at 11pm at night though Badger, it is the timing that would cause the problem as a lot would have been drinking through the evening already. And as others have said, why wuod you want to be there when you can watch it at home and I see the PM is asking for the licencing of pubs to open to be looked at again too,
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: With an 11PM kick off this would be a non starter. It was originally paid for by SBC as part of the BBC big screen project there are a number of other sites around the UK, Manchester showed the FIFA computer game finals to a massive crowd like many things it is what you make of it large public space farmers markets, expo`s, sporting events and commercial site are all things this site has been used for. When the olympic games were on I saw groups of people watching the screen. Communal areas are needed where people can mix. "Potential trouble caused by fans gathering" Every weekend then? any pub showing sport potentially will have fans gathering.[/p][/quote]not at 11pm at night though Badger, it is the timing that would cause the problem as a lot would have been drinking through the evening already. And as others have said, why wuod you want to be there when you can watch it at home and I see the PM is asking for the licencing of pubs to open to be looked at again too, house on the hill
  • Score: 0

12:35pm Tue 4 Feb 14

swindondad says...

As for watching the "big Screen" at all.

When it used to show the news I would watch that whilst waiting for my daughters to finish shopping in town but now I just sit in the coffee shop and watch / read it on my phone.
As for watching the "big Screen" at all. When it used to show the news I would watch that whilst waiting for my daughters to finish shopping in town but now I just sit in the coffee shop and watch / read it on my phone. swindondad
  • Score: 7

1:03pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

house on the hill wrote:
Badgersgetabadname wrote:
With an 11PM kick off this would be a non starter.
It was originally paid for by SBC as part of the BBC big screen project there are a number of other sites around the UK,
Manchester showed the FIFA computer game finals to a massive crowd like many things it is what you make of it large public space farmers markets, expo`s, sporting events and commercial site are all things this site has been used for. When the olympic games were on I saw groups of people watching the screen.
Communal areas are needed where people can mix.
"Potential trouble caused by fans gathering" Every weekend then? any pub showing sport potentially will have fans gathering.
not at 11pm at night though Badger, it is the timing that would cause the problem as a lot would have been drinking through the evening already. And as others have said, why wuod you want to be there when you can watch it at home and I see the PM is asking for the licencing of pubs to open to be looked at again too,
No way the gov will refuse the extra taxes lots of tax money.
Totally agree there will be drunken idiots out but they are there every week.

When the world cup was held in South Korea and Japan I lived away but many people had house parties and outdoor gatherings with little or no issues.
I am not sure that it would be a bad idea to show live sport, it can have a fantastic affect on people and something to get behind, with all recent blame games and back biting I think some togetherness would be a good thing for the country or is the real issue that people cannot be trusted?
A few years ago I was at a music festival and an England match was shown it was an amazing atmosphere with people of different nationalities.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: With an 11PM kick off this would be a non starter. It was originally paid for by SBC as part of the BBC big screen project there are a number of other sites around the UK, Manchester showed the FIFA computer game finals to a massive crowd like many things it is what you make of it large public space farmers markets, expo`s, sporting events and commercial site are all things this site has been used for. When the olympic games were on I saw groups of people watching the screen. Communal areas are needed where people can mix. "Potential trouble caused by fans gathering" Every weekend then? any pub showing sport potentially will have fans gathering.[/p][/quote]not at 11pm at night though Badger, it is the timing that would cause the problem as a lot would have been drinking through the evening already. And as others have said, why wuod you want to be there when you can watch it at home and I see the PM is asking for the licencing of pubs to open to be looked at again too,[/p][/quote]No way the gov will refuse the extra taxes lots of tax money. Totally agree there will be drunken idiots out but they are there every week. When the world cup was held in South Korea and Japan I lived away but many people had house parties and outdoor gatherings with little or no issues. I am not sure that it would be a bad idea to show live sport, it can have a fantastic affect on people and something to get behind, with all recent blame games and back biting I think some togetherness would be a good thing for the country or is the real issue that people cannot be trusted? A few years ago I was at a music festival and an England match was shown it was an amazing atmosphere with people of different nationalities. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 5

1:12pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

mrwoo wrote:
what a f*ckin joke. Trouble is caused by rival fans.
1 out of every 14,000 I would guess (havent got the figures) that arrest figures are a higher ratio on any weekend around the UK
https://www.gov.uk/g
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[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: what a f*ckin joke. Trouble is caused by rival fans.[/p][/quote]1 out of every 14,000 I would guess (havent got the figures) that arrest figures are a higher ratio on any weekend around the UK https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/uploads/sy stem/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/248740 /Football_Arrest_BO_ Statistics_2012-13.p df Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

1:12pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

mrwoo wrote:
what a f*ckin joke. Trouble is caused by rival fans.
1 out of every 14,000 I would guess (havent got the figures) that arrest figures are a higher ratio on any weekend around the UK
https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/uploads/sy
stem/uploads/attachm
ent_data/file/248740
/Football_Arrest_BO_
Statistics_2012-13.p
df
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: what a f*ckin joke. Trouble is caused by rival fans.[/p][/quote]1 out of every 14,000 I would guess (havent got the figures) that arrest figures are a higher ratio on any weekend around the UK https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/uploads/sy stem/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/248740 /Football_Arrest_BO_ Statistics_2012-13.p df Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -1

1:15pm Tue 4 Feb 14

swindondad says...

Whilst I might say up to watch the first England group game (as its on a Saturday) there is no way I will be staying up / let alone going out to watch the other two as I have to be up for work in the Morning.
Whilst I might say up to watch the first England group game (as its on a Saturday) there is no way I will be staying up / let alone going out to watch the other two as I have to be up for work in the Morning. swindondad
  • Score: 2

1:25pm Tue 4 Feb 14

SlantedView says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Does anyone look at that thing anyway? Seems a waste of time it being there
They should loop e-fits from the weeks criminals. The way things are going in this town, there won't be time to show football matches!
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Does anyone look at that thing anyway? Seems a waste of time it being there[/p][/quote]They should loop e-fits from the weeks criminals. The way things are going in this town, there won't be time to show football matches! SlantedView
  • Score: 6

3:41pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Sir Fawn Maker says...

swindondad wrote:
Whilst I might say up to watch the first England group game (as its on a Saturday) there is no way I will be staying up / let alone going out to watch the other two as I have to be up for work in the Morning.
not a bad call but the other 2 group games are 8.00 and 5.00 kick offs

not sure about knockout round games after that but doubt our group of primadonnas will get that far anyway
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: Whilst I might say up to watch the first England group game (as its on a Saturday) there is no way I will be staying up / let alone going out to watch the other two as I have to be up for work in the Morning.[/p][/quote]not a bad call but the other 2 group games are 8.00 and 5.00 kick offs not sure about knockout round games after that but doubt our group of primadonnas will get that far anyway Sir Fawn Maker
  • Score: 0

3:49pm Tue 4 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Mushymushy wrote:
A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
The matches are playing too late at night, maybe the council could record the matches and show them on the big screen with 12H delay.
Don't be a fool who would be bothered.
would it not be better to watch the games in the afternoon sunshine rather than late at night in the cold?
[quote][p][bold]Mushymushy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: The matches are playing too late at night, maybe the council could record the matches and show them on the big screen with 12H delay.[/p][/quote]Don't be a fool who would be bothered.[/p][/quote]would it not be better to watch the games in the afternoon sunshine rather than late at night in the cold? A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 0

7:14pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Foxhill says...

And for all those of us who live within 100m of the Big Screen can I just say GOOD.
After years of having to deal with the noise that the great big waste of space causes late at night, and after all the problems with the volume (where it's sometimes left on all night long) - I hope they burn it.
And for all those of us who live within 100m of the Big Screen can I just say GOOD. After years of having to deal with the noise that the great big waste of space causes late at night, and after all the problems with the volume (where it's sometimes left on all night long) - I hope they burn it. Foxhill
  • Score: 2

8:51pm Tue 4 Feb 14

GalaxyMan says...

Football. Big screen. Both an equal waste of time.
Football. Big screen. Both an equal waste of time. GalaxyMan
  • Score: 2

8:59pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Ellofolks says...

Take it down. Raffle it. Whoever gets it can fit it to the wall of their living room and once on they will never need to put their heating on again. An environmental solution. All assuming the TV is big enough for some, which it clearly won't be.
Take it down. Raffle it. Whoever gets it can fit it to the wall of their living room and once on they will never need to put their heating on again. An environmental solution. All assuming the TV is big enough for some, which it clearly won't be. Ellofolks
  • Score: 1

10:25pm Tue 4 Feb 14

semitonic says...

Why can't people watch it at home, on their own tellies.
Why can't people watch it at home, on their own tellies. semitonic
  • Score: 2

4:39pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
mrwoo wrote:
what a f*ckin joke. Trouble is caused by rival fans.
1 out of every 14,000 I would guess (havent got the figures) that arrest figures are a higher ratio on any weekend around the UK
https://www.gov.uk/g

overnment/uploads/sy

stem/uploads/attachm

ent_data/file/248740

/Football_Arrest_BO_

Statistics_2012-13.p

df
Did you actually follow the link or just mark it down?
opinions are great when you can just make them blindly without any support or source.....still saves having a thought out reasoned opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: what a f*ckin joke. Trouble is caused by rival fans.[/p][/quote]1 out of every 14,000 I would guess (havent got the figures) that arrest figures are a higher ratio on any weekend around the UK https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/uploads/sy stem/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/248740 /Football_Arrest_BO_ Statistics_2012-13.p df[/p][/quote]Did you actually follow the link or just mark it down? opinions are great when you can just make them blindly without any support or source.....still saves having a thought out reasoned opinion. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

10:06am Thu 6 Feb 14

PaulD says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
The matches are playing too late at night, maybe the council could record the matches and show them on the big screen with 12H delay.
perhaps they could show them 12H earlier instead?
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: The matches are playing too late at night, maybe the council could record the matches and show them on the big screen with 12H delay.[/p][/quote]perhaps they could show them 12H earlier instead? PaulD
  • Score: 0

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