Tynewydd Field Project Progress Report.
We are still waiting for the much delayed decision from the Welsh Assembly Government on our Community Facilities Grant application, upon which the major construction phase of the Tynewydd Field Project depends. In the meantime, however, there is progress to report.
It has not escaped notice that the site has been securely fenced along the line of the pathway on the southern boundary of the field. This has been an essential first step, as, on the completion of our lease with Denbighshire County Council, the full responsibility for the site falls on to the shoulders of Rhyl & District RFC Ltd. We now have full Public Liability Insurance in place and we are in process of completing a full site survey to determine the extent of tree maintenance work required to ensure that there is no danger to the future users of the facility.
In addition, our plans are well advanced to bring the playing surface up to the standard required for the projected multi-activity use. The primary use will be for rugby to accommodate not only our Senior, Youth, Junior, Mini and Ladies’ rugby programmes, but the site will also be used for as wide a range of other sporting and outdoor activities as possible – Rugby Union, Rugby League, archery, rounders, athletics, sports summer schools and al fresco barbecues all spring to mind.
Courtesy of grants from Sport Wales, Wales Rugby Union, and a recent application for funding to WREN, we are on track to begin the first phase of the Project in late Spring this year. This will involve the stripping of all vegetation from the entire area and the re-laying of the main and secondary pitches, along with the two Junior pitches. The playing surfaces will be raised by a foot, or so, to bring the level above the water table, and the whole area will be graded and re-seeded. The pitches will then be allowed a period to fully establish themselves, with the aim of them being fully operational in the late Summer of 2018.
We are excited by the potential which will be realised as the Project takes shape, and we look forward to issuing regular progress reports in the coming weeks and months.
Richard Greenwood - Club Chairman
The Chairman has made the following responses to concerns of local residents.
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 on: http://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 organisations. The 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:
Iwan Prys Jones
David (DAJ) Jones
Colin Hall snr
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 email@example.com .
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