Local Member of the Welsh Parliament for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay, is urging the Welsh Government to permit the reopening of the David Broome Equestrian Centre in his Monmouth constituency as a matter to urgency so that events scheduled to take place this September may go ahead.
Speaking today Nick said: “I was contacted by the equestrian centre over a month ago and wrote to the First Minister in the hope that large outdoor sporting events of this kind would be possible by now.
“ Unfortunately, I have still not received a response to my letter, and have renewed my calls on the Culture Minister to look into this as a matter of urgency.
“ It will be a great shame if local jobs are lost as a result of the delay, especially when it seems that large scale car boot sales are being held outdoors but outdoor equestrian centres are unable to operate in Wales when they may do so across the border and in other European countries.
“ I hope the Welsh Government will look again at this urgently. The announcement last Friday that small trials were taking place in Wales before any further decisions about allowing outdoor sporting events on a larger scale could be made, implies that it may still be some time before the Welsh Government relaxes the rules further here. Sadly, time is not on the side of our local businesses which rely on the summer months for holding outdoor events.”