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Council won’t sell Louth bowling green despite lying unused

The Charles Street Bowls Green in Louth.

The Charles Street Bowls Green in Louth.

A COUNCIL-owned bowling green in Louth will not be sold despite lying effectively unused since last year.

The Charles Street Bowling Club, who were housed at the Charles Street green, disbanded last year after East Lindsey District Council pulled their provision of greens stewards and equipment.

The elderly nature of members and a lack of manpower meant the club were unable to carry out maintenance and transport equipment, and thus went their separate ways.

Yet the council continue to cut the greens on a regular basis, something deemed a ‘waste of money’ by a member of the public at a council commitee meeting in November last year.

Former secretary of the bowling club, Pam Clapp, said: “It’s a great shame to see the building being unused.

“We had no alternative but to disband, we had no greens stewards and no way of carrying out maintenance and lugging our equipment when we played.

“We felt very pushed out at the time, we went into our winter break but sadly never began playing again in 2011.

“It’s a shame that that had to happen, especially when so much is being spent on the Meridian Centre.”

ELDC confirmed to the Leader that the building will not be sold on, despite the current predicament, and said they hoped to revisit the situation with the bowling club in the future.

Portfolio holder for leisure at the district council, Coun Adam Grist, said: “Charles Street recreational ground is not for sale and is intended to remain as recreational and in the longer term.

“The council continues to cut the greens on a regular basis to maintain the quality in the hope that the club can regenerate itself and re-form for the benefit of the bowls community in Louth and surrounding area.”

The situation was discussed at a Louth Area Committee meeting last year, after a member of the public suggested that the land could serve better use used as a long-stay car park.

They said the bowling green was ‘not regularly used’ and considered the maintenance of it to be ‘a waste of money’.

What do you think should happen to the bowling club site? Should it now be sold on? Email your views to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.

 

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