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A project to turn playing fields into a new community sports hub for Rhyl has been given the go ahead.
Rhyl & District Rugby Club have been granted planning permission to build a new £1.25 million venue on Tynewydd Road, which will include mixed-use pitches and a clubhouse and community centre.
The Swalec League club will also use the facilities as their home ground, replacing the current pitch at Y Waen, near Rhuddlan, and the social club on Vale Road – both will be sold off to help fund the new clubhouse, which will house a gym, changing rooms, bars and private function & meeting rooms.
The fields are owned by Denbighshire County Council, who have also granted an immediate lease for the next 25 years and a full 125 year lease. The club has tried to secure the site since 1999 – at one point, the fields were considered for building a new school, but those plans were later scrapped.
Club chairman Richard Greenwood, a former England flanker and one-time captain, said: ”We are very excited at the prospect of bringing 20 community groups from the rugby club to the new site, along with important developments from Communities First, who we have been working with, and we will be working with CAIS to create a drop-in centre with training and instructional courses.”
”This will be a community facility in a location that isn’t very well served – the big focus for us all on this project is the reduction of poverty, improvement of job prospects and the health and well-being of our younger residents.”
A public consultation on the plans was held by Rhyl Rugby Club last November. They are still looking for grants from other funding sources, including the WRU, Sport Wales, and the Welsh Government, to support the development.