TRIBUNNEWS.COM, MADRID- Gareth Bale’s plans to open a business also sparked controversy.
Gareth Bale plans to open a golf bar business in Bristol.
Although Bristol City Council had granted Gareth Bale’s company permission to open an indoor golf bar in the city centre, their idea was opposed by neighbors and raised police concerns.
Those opposed to the plan argue that opening another bar in the Cumulative Impact Area (CIA) in the city center will only increase antisocial behavior and noise in the area.
However, Bale True Swing Bristol company lawyer Roy Light stressed that their intention was to promote activities other than drinking.
“One of the directors who wasn’t here today was an avid golfer, a famous footballer and a non-drinker,” Light was quoted as saying by Marca.
“He wanted to try to promote places where people could come where drinking wasn’t the main thing when you went out for a night.”
“These places are not alcohol bars, they are not clubs. They are primarily indoor adventure golf centers.”
“The power of a local feeling is recognized by applicants. They believe this place can run successfully without causing problems for residents or increasing problems in the area and will be a positive addition to Bristol city centre.”
Although Bale’s company first applied for the bar to be open until 1.30am from Thursday to Saturday and close an hour early the rest of the evening, they reached an agreement with police and neighbors to reduce it by one hour and consider Thursday a workday.
“The business True Swing wants to run is not purely a golf entertainment venue but another late-night drinking spot in an already saturated area,” said Hotwells & Harborside neighborhood board member Alex Hartley.
“Initial plans had a clear focus on golf but are now a side attraction”.
“It’s a densely populated area with hundreds of flats. It’s already experienced massive antisocial behavior, and the opening of a new bar will increase this.”
The Real Madrid forward opened his own golf course inside the Cardiff nightclub last month.