It was right to act and ban the ball

PUBLISHED: 11:20 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 14:49 12 May 2010

I HAVE been reading the comments on the postponement of the Balearic Ball at the Heath Sports Centre, Royston. I can understand the disappointment of Matt Gypps, but I believe that the heath is for the use of family activities only. I was alarmed by the

I HAVE been reading the comments on the postponement of the Balearic Ball at the Heath Sports Centre, Royston.

I can understand the disappointment of Matt Gypps, but I believe that the heath is for the use of family activities only.

I was alarmed by the advertisement for the event. It promised a 15K sound system, and some Ibiza hedonism.

If we need this entertainment, we can visit Ibiza without it coming into our bedrooms in the small hours.

Also promised in the advertisement was an Afterparty for anyone left standing, after 1am.

This follow-up was, I am told, to take place in the town centre at a night club. Alcohol would have been freely flowing.

It was noticed that this event wasn't freely advertised in the local press, or around the centre of the town. But it was advertised nationally on the Tri-Funks website, which is nationwide. For people who wanted to go clubbing. How then, can the numbers be controlled.

I support the actions of the police fully.

They have to cope with any problems that occur, so they should have the powers to cancel anything that could lead to trouble affecting the local neighbourhood. That is their job.

This function should have been fully advertised weeks before the event. Then the police could have taken earlier action.

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IT seems a great shame that when someone actually attempts to organise an event in Royston it ends up being banned.

I do not know the reason behind having to postpone the event, but it does appear that a lot of effort went into producing something different.

And it was aimed at entertainment for youngsters.

Youngsters have, themselves, said there is nothing to do and now when the opportunity is there it is simply denied them.

It appears that it was the police who decided the event could not take place because there were concerns about alcohol-related crime.

But that worry, I believe, should have been raised with the organisers of the Balearic Ball at an earlier opportunity and there could have at least been discussions on the matter.

That may have solved a problem - and allowed the event to take place.

Instead, our youngsters were denied an evening which seemed to be professionally organised with all proper measures taken.

After all, it was not one of those illegal raves we are told about which do cause problems.

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WHAT is happening to this town of ours?

Why are the authorities, whether elected or appointed, intent on reducing us to a dormitory town with a growing population and ever reducing facilities?

We have already lost the cinema and the outdoor swimming pool (a very different facility to an indoor pool) and on a summer such as we have enjoyed this year.

We have seen short-term parking charges rise to ridiculous levels.

In the latest instance we have seen a ticketed event organised by the Heath Sports Club cancelled at the last minute.

Why? Residents? Councillors? Police?

Are we really intent on ensuring that anyone who wants entertainment has to go out of town?

A sorry state of affairs which looks as though it can only continue while present attitudes prevail.

JOHN DAVIES

Royston

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