Rugby club sounds cost warning over noise appeal

Scarborough RUFC U-18s v Driffield U-18s is the first floodlit game at Scarborough's new Silveroyd ground.  091342j'in Sport      25/03/09    pic by Andrew Higgins
Scarborough RUFC U-18s v Driffield U-18s is the first floodlit game at Scarborough's new Silveroyd ground. 091342j'in Sport 25/03/09 pic by Andrew Higgins
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A long-running noise spat could culminate in Scarborough Council shelling out thousands of pounds in taxpayers’ money to the town’s rugby club.

The Scarborough News can exclusively reveal that should the council lose an upcoming appeal, the cash-starved authority could end up paying out thousands of pounds to cover the club’s spiralling legal costs.

A public enquiry scheduled for June 6 is expected to finally bring to an end the ongoing wrangle between the council and the rugby club.

In a statement, the Silver Royd-based club confirmed that should it be victorious in overturning the council’s decision to block any ‘volume controlled’ and ‘limited’ jingles at certain events, including children’s rugby tournaments, then it would look at having all of the club’s costs fully reimbursed.

It is not yet known how much the rugby club would seek from the authority should it win, although it is claimed that the cost to the taxpayer could be “substantial”.

However, we can exclusively reveal that the council is negotiating with Barratt Homes Yorkshire to lower a claim for £25,000 in costs, after the company won its appeal regarding its development in West Garth, Cayton.

In a statement released by the rugby club this week, it says it is “optimistic” it will win the appeal. As of going to press, Scarborough Council has yet to comment.

But, should Scarborough Rugby Club choose to chase the council for the cash, the costs would include the rugby club’s legal fees, as well as additional experts hired by the council, which could include a barrister and a sound consultant.