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Wrestling events set to come to seaside holiday park in Carmarthenshire

Pendine. Taken from Dolwen Point.

IMAGES of wrestling titans Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy were evoked at a council licensing meeting as the owners of a Carmarthenshire holiday park sought to vary their premises licence.

The gargantuan grapplers were cited by solicitor Jonathan Smith – representing the owners of Pendine Sands Holiday Park, Pendine – as the type of indoor wrestling proposed by the park’s owners Parkdean Caravan Parks Ltd.

Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy – real names Martin Ruane and Shirley Crabtree – entertained huge audiences with their televised tussles in the 1970s and 80s.

Mr Smith told the licensing sub-committee that the plan was for “theatrical, family wrestling” to be held rather than the Greco-Roman version or cage fighting.

Parkdean Caravan Parks also sought to add late-night refreshments to its pub and restaurant-bar at the resort but dropped controversial plans for outdoor areas to be incorporated within the licence.

Several Pendine residents had objected to the outdoor element of the licence variation application because they were worried about noise and anti-social behaviour. The county council’s environmental health department also objected but withdrew its opposition after Parkdean Caravan Parks said it no longer intended to include outdoor areas.

Mr Smith said this decision was due to a noise survey commissioned by the company being delayed by bad weather and that it didn’t want to do things in a “half-prepared way”.

Parkdean Caravan Parks already has a licence to serve alcohol at the holiday park from 10am to midnight Monday to Thursday and 10am to 1am on Friday and Saturday and Mr Smith said it was not seeking to extend the current opening hours or the sale of alcohol.

Councillors heard the company had an automatic entitlement to have live music and other forms of entertainment in outdoor areas up to 11pm, although the council could apply controls, and that it had also applied successfully for “temporary event notices” for themed movie nights under the stars.

Council licensing officer Emyr Jones said there was no formal requirement to publicise temporary event applications but people in the area would sometimes find out about them.

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Cllr Ken Howell said: “From reading the objections the feeling I get is the applicants do not communicate with local people at all.”

Mr Smith said Parkdean Caravan Parks would inform Pendine Community Council every time it applied for a temporary event licence from now on and also provide a phone number for the site’s security office.

Community council vice-chairwoman Sara Bruce-Goodwin said residents living above the holiday park had concerns about noise from guests leaving the two licensed venues. “It’s like an auditorium at night where sound carries up the hillside,” she said.

The meeting heard that residents could report nuisance noise to the county council but that it was only the latter which could collate the evidence.

One objector said in an email to the licensing department that he had lived in Pendine since 1957 during which time the holiday park had grown from a few caravans to a site which had “literally taken over the village”. Another said she understood the resort brought income to local businesses but that residents wanted to keep Pendine a pleasant place to live and work.

After hearing from objectors, council officers, and solicitor Mr Smith the sub-committee retired to consider its decision and then approved the licence variation, with a condition that boxing does not take place.