Ty Newydd Development

The Chairman has made the following responses to concerns of local residents.

 

Club Response.

The Rugby Club has worked hard to reassure local residents that the ambitious plan for the development of a Community Centre with rugby playing facilities will be done in a way that is sensitive to local opinion. That is why we held two public consultation events at the Rugby Sports and Social Club in Vale Road; had a further consultation making use of the Communities First bus parked in the locality; carried out door to door questionnaires in the area; and leafleted local properties about these events. 

 

The project has to be done in phases; first of all to secure the site in accordance with the lease granted by Denbighshire County Council, and then to carry out the ground works to make the fields fit for purpose. 

 

As far as the fencing is concerned, the section along the southern pathway conforms to our Planning Permission and has been erected in consultation with our landlord, Denbighshire County Council. Any proposed future fencing behind the back gardens on the eastern side of the site would be no higher than 4 feet, which was agreed as a result of our extensive public consultation programme.

 

The Rugby Club proposes to invest heavily in the project but for the Community Centre to be built, it will need financial support through the Welsh Government’s Community Facility Scheme. As soon as the Club receives news of their application it will produce a newsletter for local residents. Regular updates will also be available through the Club’s website onhttp://rhylanddistrict.rfc.wales

 

CLUB RESPONSE 2

The Tynewydd Road playing field site has been a designated sports field for decades with rugby and football pitches for use primarily by the school, but also by other sporting organisations. In recent years such use has diminished and this led to discussions between Rhyl and District Rugby Club and the County Council that commenced some five years ago. In that time the school and the Lifelong Directorate of the Council declared the land surplus to requirements which meant that this asset had become a liability for the Council.

 

The Rugby Club then produced proposals to relocate its playing fields from Y Waen, some four miles to the south of Rhyl, to Tynewydd Road. The project would see the creation of a Community Centre on site to meet the currently unmet needs of the residents of south east Rhyl, as well as the provision of changing rooms for the use of the Rugby Club and other sporting organisationsThe public will of course have access to the Community Centre facilities. 

 

The proposals were subject to close scrutiny by the Council at both Planning Permission and Lease agreement stages. The proposals were also subject to statutory notices requirements as well as local consultation by the Council as the Planning Authority.

 

The Rugby Club has worked hard to reassure local residents that the ambitious plan for the development of a Community Centre with rugby playing facilities will be done in a way that is sensitive to local opinion. That is why we held two public consultation events at the Rugby Sports and Social Club in Vale Road; had a further consultation event making use of the Communities First bus parked in the locality; carried out door to door questionnaires in the area; and leafleted local properties about these events. 

 

The project has to be done in phases; first of all to secure the site in accordance with the lease granted by Denbighshire County Council, and then to carry out the ground works to make the fields fit for purpose. The Rugby Club proposes to invest heavily in the project but for the Community Centre to be built, it will need financial support through the Welsh Government’s Community Facility Scheme. As soon as the Club receives news of the outcome of their application it will produce a newsletter for local residents. Regular updates will also be available through the Club’s website onhttp://rhylanddistrict.rfc.wales

 

TY NEWYDD DEVELOPMENT TEAM

 

The development team for the new ground and clubhouse is made up as follows: 

 

Richard Greenwood​-​Chairman 

Meirion Hughes

David Owen

Iwan Prys Jones

Dai Roberts

Tony Evans

Simon Farrell

Lee Blackmore

David (DAJ) Jones

Bob Jones

Glyn Jones

Colin Hall snr

 

 
DRAFT LETTER TO ALL CLUB MEMBERS
 
Dear Member,
The Rhyl Rugby Project Team has just completed 12 months of extremely intensive, and, at the same time, productive activity, the principal reward of which has been the recently granted Planning Consent for the new Community Centre and Sports Complex at Tynewydd Field in Rhyl.
We have been magnificently supported by a wide range of local organisations, including Denbighshire County Council, Rhyl Town Council and an overwhelming majority of the local residents. In addition, we have received crucial levels of support from North Denbighshire Communities First, who have led our Community Consultation Programme, and from Chris Munro, the WRU Facilities and Investment Manager, who has guided us with great skill, expertise and patience through the complex procedures and processes of our various grant applications.
We have now submitted our application for a grant of £490,000 to the Welsh Government Community Facilities Programme and we stand on the threshold of making further grant applications to the WRU, Sport Wales, WREN and to the Gwynt-y-Mor Communities Fund. If all our applications are successful the total potential grant income will be in excess of £750,000. We are also actively marketing both our property assets, the Waen and the Sports & Social Club, the sales of which should bring us close to our required target. 
With the help of our counterparts in Denbighshire County Council, we are now close to finalising a preliminary 25 year Lease to enable us to proceed with phase one of the works outlined below. It is further agreed with DCC that, on completion of the building programme, this preliminary Lease will be replaced by a longer term Lease, which will contain an option for us to purchase the Tynewydd Field site.
The Project is designed to move forward in two phases. The first, which is scheduled for completion during the coming summer will consist of all the necessary ground works, including pitch preparation, drainage, infrastructure for electricity supply and practice floodlights, plus fencing to secure the site. The timing of the second phase is dependent on the success of our grant applications, but the construction of the Community Centre and Sports Complex is planned to commence in late 2016, or early 2017, and the projected date for completion, mid-way through 2017, should enable us to be in residence in time for the start of the season in September, 2017.
In the meantime, we have much work to do in preparation for the increased responsibility and work-load involved in running a community, social, commercial and sporting facility of the magnitude of the proposed development. Further details of these plans will be circulated in advance of the next Club AGM, which is due to take place in June.
Please don’t hesitate to contact any of us in the Project Team for clarification, or amplification of our plans, and please don’t hesitate to volunteer your services in any way you think appropriate – all are welcome to become involved and to make a positive contribution.
With best wishes
 
Richard Greenwood    -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A MESSAGE FROM RICHARD GREENWOOD

The Rhyl Rugby project to relocate all our activities to the Tynewydd Field Site in Rhyl has now reached a very exciting phase. The Club has recently reached agreement with Denbighshire County Council for a 125 year lease on the site and there is considerable positive interest in the purchase of both our ground at the Waen and the Sports and Social Club on Vale Road, Rhyl.
In addition to any income generated by these sales, we have grant applications either in place, or pending to the tune of some £750,000. We have planning permission for a community facility and multi-sports centre on Tynewydd Field and we will shortly be going out to tender for the construction phase of the project. When the result of the tender process is known, we will also find out just how much more money we will need to raise to complete our ambitious programme.
We are also working closely with Rhyl High School and the WRU to employ a full-time Rugby Hub Officer at the school, and this is where today’s fund-raising Golf Challenge comes in. We are committed to a £2,500 contribution for each of the next 3 years, as part of a £24,000 total package. So, every penny raised today will go towards that goal, which will cement the Club’s relationship with the High School and with its junior feeder schools. This has the potential to dramatically increase our junior playing base and, along with our commitment to providing a full range of community and sporting activities at the new facility, will put us at the forefront of Rhyl’s regeneration programme.
Our thanks to each and every one of you for supporting us today – may you drive every fairway, hit every green and sink every putt!

Richard Greenwood    -    Project Chairman and fellow golfer.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE FOR RHYL JOURNAL

 

RHYL RUGBY DRIVES FOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNGSTERS


Rhyl & District Rugby Club, supported once again by Thorncliffe Building Supplies Ltd, is working flat out to reposition itself among the top flight of rugby in North Wales. 

In association with the Wales Rugby Union, a Rugby Hub Officer has been appointed at Rhyl High School. Alessandra Lewis, a highly experienced rugby player and coach in her own right, has been engaged, not only to increase participation in the sport (both men’s and women’s rugby), but also, through the medium of rugby, to re-engage those pupils in danger of losing their way in the educational system. Led by Claire Armitstead, the dynamic Head Teacher of Rhyl HS, the Rugby Hub Officer and the Rugby Club will work in close liaison with the school to bring the maximum health and well-being benefit to the youngsters of Rhyl, both girls and boys. 

Much work has already been done this summer in collaboration with North Wales Police and the WRU/RGC, with a weekly programme of rugby taster sessions on the Ysgol Bryn Hedydd campus involving over 60 boys and girls. Allan James, the local WRU Regional Co-ordinator writes, “the link between Rhyl & District RUFC and the community is vital for the development of the game in the local area.To do this by engaging with the children on their own patch is key, providing more opportunities for more children, raising the enjoyment levels and giving these young people an opportunity to engage in life-long participation can make a real difference.”  

Pre-season training is also well under way at Senior, Youth, Junior and Mini Rugby levels, with Junior and Mini Registration Day taking place at Rhyl Rugby’s current ground, the Waen, from 10.00 am on Sunday 4th September. There are teams at every age group from Under 16 down to Under 7, and this coming season there will be a Mini Dragons team for the Under 6s. For further details, please contact Iwan Prys Jones on 07796 930180, or iwanprysjones@aol.com .

Orchestrated by Phil Blakoe, the newly appointed Director of Rugby, the Rugby Club’s newly appointed young coaches, Dale Blackmore and Jack Hughes, are putting the players through their paces with most encouraging results. Levels of physical fitness are improving rapidly, the senior players have given a very good account of themselves in a series of pre-season friendlies and the squad is looking forward to making its mark in the revamped North Wales 2nd Division. 

For further information contact Richard Greenwood, Club Chairman on 07860 206608, or jrhgreenwood@btinternet.com .