Pensioner vows to boycott Rugby elections after Fanzone ‘nightmare’

Maureen Brown, studying a planning notice, had concerns before the Fanzone was erected
Maureen Brown, studying a planning notice, had concerns before the Fanzone was erected

A pensioner has vowed to never vote in an election again after the council ‘ignored her concerns’ about Rugby’s Fanzone.

Maureen Brown, who lives in Charles Warren Close off Railway Terrace, has written to the council and Rugby’s MP to complain about the ‘nightmare’ Fanzone.

The temporary structure was erected in September to help the birthplace of the game celebrate the Rugby World Cup and has now been dismantled.

But Mrs Brown said the Fanzone had made life ‘extremely difficult and uncomfortable’.

She said: “People were being sick right outside our window and the smell was horrendous.

“The rugby matches weren’t the problem, it was all the other events.

“The noise was awful and they kept opening the Fanzone doors, even though they said they wouldn’t, and it was so loud.

“I couldn’t open my windows because of the noise. I have lived in an atmosphere of electric fans for three months and this cost me money.”

Mrs Brown asked the council if she could have a discount on her council tax as compensation for the disruption, but this was refused.

She said there were numerous issues throughout the tournament and the Enjoy Rugby Festival, which ran alongside the World Cup.

“The noise created by the Mallory Knox concert was terrible,” she said.

“The noise was so bad it shook doors and windows within Stanier Court. The television was very hard to listen to and it was hard to concentrate on programmes.

“The empty beer barrels being moved about either late at night or early in the morning was a big problem and very noisy.”

Mrs Brown said she felt her concerns before the Fanzone was set up were not acknowledged by the council and that she had been ignored after complaining recently.

“Councillor are elected to represent the people of Rugby and I feel ignored by them. I will not vote in an election again. I have washed my hands of them,” she said.

Cllr Heather Timms, of Rugby Borough Council, said: “We were very aware of the potential for the Rugby Village to disturb its immediate neighbours and tried very hard to work with residents to minimise any nuisance as much as possible, for example by not using glass bottles, ending all live entertainment by 11pm, and by not re-stocking the bar after closing at night.”