Pensioner worried Rugby Fanzone will disrupt life for residents nearby

Maureen Brown is worried about the noise and litter from the Fanzone which will be set up in September
Maureen Brown is worried about the noise and litter from the Fanzone which will be set up in September

A pensioner is ‘extremely concerned’ about the noise and litter the Rugby World Cup Fanzone could bring when it is set up next to her home.

Maureen Brown, who lives at Stanier Court on Railway Terrace, fears she will be kept up until the early hours of the morning by loud music and people drinking.

I just don’t think the organisers have showed any compassion for the people who will be right on the doorstep of this Fanzone

Rugby Borough Council was expected to approve plans for the Fanzone in Old Market Place, near the John Barford carpark, at a meeting last night (Wednesday).

The set up will include a giant television screen for fans to watch matches, a bar serving alcohol, merchandise on sale, chairs and tables, and space for performances. It will be free to enter.

But Mrs Brown is concerned that the large number of people expected to use the facility may bring trouble.

“I’m putting a cover over my car to prevent any damage as you know what can happen when people have had a lot to drink,” she said.

“I’m not against the idea in principal, I just don’t think the organisers have showed any compassion for the people who will be right on the doorstep of this Fanzone. There are at least five babies in this building - how will they sleep when there is music going on into the early hours?”

The council said most events will finish at 11pm but some will go on for longer.

The world cup runs from September 18 to October 31 and the Fanzone will be erected from September 11 to November 6.

Mrs Brown said: “It’s an awful long time to have something of that size right outside your bedroom window. There could be litter left behind each night, people urinating in the street, and there could be trouble if people have been drinking.”

Three neighbours have objected to the plans, stating that increased noise and traffic would be a problem and security levels had not been made clear.

Mrs Brown said: “I’m also very concerned about safety as people will have to get in and out of the John Barford car park using James Street and it’s very narrow and tight - someone could get hurt if they are walking past the entrance and exit.

“The idea of having 1,000 people, maybe even 2,000 people in one space is quite worrying.

The council said the Fanzone was the biggest opportunity to promote the borough on the world stage and having the venue in the town centre meant communities and businesses could benefit from the facility.