Golfers get the birdie in noise row

Justine Bailey

The Visitor

March 26th 2002

Golfers enduring noisy motorcyclists, who have been disrupting games for several months, have the backing of their local politician.

Members of Abergele golf club have been annoyed that the bikers are roaring along side the lane alongside the course at Tan Y Gopa. The Club has recently invested 500,000 on improving the course in the hope of attracting more visitors, but the fear the bikers could jeopardise all this.

In September last year, they were left fuming after youngsters on motorcycle bikes interrupted their annual show, which attracts over 1,500 golfers. They were concerned it would deter visitors from returning this year, ruining what is always a successful event.

'Our worry is that the numbers of motorcyclist will increase as the summer season comes along and school holidays occur, making the situation even worse.' Said Chris Langdon, Club Secretary.
'We have invested a lot of money in the club and are concerned about these motorcyclists affecting business.'

When the Visitor contacted Conwy Council in September, it said it had no legal right to stop the bikers as the land they are using is owned by an American businessman, Nick Tavaglione, who doesn't line in the area.

However on a resent visit to the club, Clwyd west AM, Alun Pugh, were shocked by what the golfers are having to endure he plans to contact the council to see whether he can help in anyway.

' The club is very happy to allow ramblers, dog owners and cyclist to use their lane, but trail motorbike's are very noisy and fast and they seriously disrupt people's enjoyment of the golf course,' Said Mr Pugh.

'I will be investigating this matter to see if there are any actions the local authority can take to allow members and tourists to enjoy a game of golf without wearing ear plugs.' The grounds of Gwrych Castle have been a firm favourite for the golfers for some time.

Their argument is that if an alternative venue was available there would be no need to use the Castle grounds. However Mark Baker, who has been campaigning to save the Castle for several years, has in the past expressed his concern at the danger these bikers are putting themselves in.
Tow of the Castles towers have recently crumbled and Mr Baker fears an accident could prove fatal unless the bikers keep their distance.