Cider festival moves to Hafodyrynys due to noise worries

CIDER MAKERS: Andy Hallett and Rachel Matthews, of Blaengawney Cider, promote the annual Welsh Perry and Cider Festival

CIDER MAKERS: Andy Hallett and Rachel Matthews, of Blaengawney Cider, promote the annual Welsh Perry and Cider Festival

First published in Gwent news South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A CIDER and perry festival has moved from a rugby club to a farm after council officials raised worries over noise.

Welsh Perry and Cider Society had hoped to hold its annual festival at Ynysddu RFC this weekend, but it will now take place at Blaengawny Farm in Hafodyrynys.

Concerns were expressed by Caerphilly council officials that the event, which will include live music and camping space, would have a significant impact on residents.

But the society's Cressida Slater said people living in Ynysddu supported the event Ms Slater, society development officer, said the group was working with the council's safety advisory group to work towards getting a temporary event notice, but that Caerphilly environmental health raised concerns on the basis of noise.

She said that at the last minute the society had to move the festival to the farm.

Ms Slater says that she the national perry and cider championships due to take place meant the festival had to go ahead.

"It's a prestige event - this is the 11th year. We couldn't even consider cancelling it," she said.

Andrew Long, a Ynysddu RFC committee member, said the club was disappointed with the council.

He said: "It would have brought a lot of tourism to the area. I'm absolutely gutted for the cider festival organisers."

A spokesman for CCBC said: "It was felt that the proposed location of the festival, with live music across the Bank Holiday weekend, would have had a significant impact upon nearby residents, with noise being the biggest concern.

"In light of these observations the organisers decided not to proceed with the event at this site."

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