Louth Town Councillors were divided over the Charles Street bowling green controversy at their latest meeting on Tuesday April 14.
As reported previously, many members of the public were furious after Louth Men’s Shed members dug up part of the bowling green, adjacent to their base at the Charles Street Pavilion, to create a wild flower garden.
The ground will be reinstated. Magna Vitae and the Mens’ Shed are currently working together to achieve this.Mark Humphreys
Men’s Shed chairman Greg Gilbert told the Leader that there had been a verbal agreement with Magna Vitae which would allow the Men’s Shed to use the bowling green to create the flower garden.
Magna Vitae hit back, stating that no such permission had been granted in their written licence.
At the Town Council meeting, Coun Horton criticised the Men’s Shed for “quite openly bragging about the destruction of the bowling green”, adding that local residents had complained that it was pure vandalism or even criminal damage.
Coun Horton added that Mark Humphreys, the Managing Director of Magna Vitae, had not responded to his latest email about the matter which had been sent two weeks previously.
Coun Watson said that the issue was a “serious mistake” but added that it would be put right by the Men’s Shed.
She said: “I don’t think the policies were in place properly... these are volunteers who didn’t understand that you can’t just go and do that, and we can’t really blame them.
“Let’s just put it down to a lesson learnt and hope that they don’t move elsewhere.”
Coun Pocklington, a member of the Men’s Shed, said that if the group had not moved into the pavilion then it would have probably been destroyed, and that ELDC had not appeared to show any concern about this.
He criticised the “shrill voices” around the issue and stated that he had not seen anybody play bowls on the bowling green in the past three years, adding that the bowling was not “some sacrosanct piece of land... it’s a piece of grass.”
Last week, Mark Humphreys told the Leader: “The ground will be reinstated. Magna Vitae and the Mens’ Shed are currently working together to achieve this. I have already confirmed this to Councillor Horton.”
Mr Humphreys added that he hopes any repair costs can be avoided, as the Men’s Shed members give their time voluntarily.