Fears of anti-social behaviour raised as Powys rugby club applies for new premises license for events at their ground
FEARS of anti-social behaviour have been raised in objection to a Powys rugby club’s plan to hold events at their ground.
Clwb Rygbi (correct spelling) Ystradgynlais Ltd lodged an application for a new premises licence with Powys County Council in June.
Next Wednesday, August 2 a meeting of the council’s licensing sub-committee will be held to decide the application.
The application encompasses Ystradgynlais rugby club’s (YRFC) clubhouse as well as all of the open playing field area which is off Ynyscedwyn road.
The rugby club want to be able to sell alcohol for both on and off the premises and be allowed to hold entertainment such as plays and films from 11am to 11pm.
They also want to be able to host live entertainment events and be able to serve “late night” refreshment up to 11pm.
Licensing officer, Martin Williams explained in his report that seven objections have been lodged against the application and five emails of support have also been received.
An objector identified as objector number two said: “As residents of Ynyscedwyn road we wish to object.
“For the last two years, under new management at YRFC residents have been subjected to noise and anti-social behaviour most weekends.
“In June last year residents were advised of a forthcoming music festival and that the event would be well managed.”
The objector claimed that the event was “completely mismanaged.”
Objector number two said: “Ystradgynlais already have a venue for these events, the Miners Welfare Hall.
“Events held at the hall are well managed and do not cause disruption to residents.
“Why is there a need for a second venue?”
Another objector, known as objector number three complained about the “unacceptable high level of noise” which caused: “11 hours of constant and absolute hell.”
Objector number three said: “It’s not even just a loud noise, but a constant pulsating thump of the electronic bass which was so loud the house walls sometimes vibrated.
“It can honestly drive a person up the wall.”
The application has also received backing from other nearby residents.
Supporter number two said: “I am a resident of Ynyscedwyn road, and I am totally behind the rugby club.
“The club do wonders for the community, especially grassroots rugby and families.”
Supporter number three said: “The rugby club has developed as a first class community facility and been at the centre of community development in Ystradgynlais for years.”
“Their events are very well run and managed professionally and provide excellent entertainment and well-being for the whole community.
“They also undoubtedly have an economic spin-off in the local economy as they attract people from far and wide that otherwise wouldn’t come to Ystradgynlais.”
In his report Mr Williams said that no objections had been received from “responsible authorities.”
If a new liced is granted the counsultees have asked for a number of conditions to be tagged onto it
These conditions include: that the number of annual events drop from five to three, are for one day only, and restricting them to 2000 people.
Dyfed Powys Police had also asked for a condition that the club to operate CCTV during any event.
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