Bolton Bowling Green Concerns

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 10:15am

By Joseph Timan - Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to hand bowling greens over to users as part of council cuts have been met with fears of the impact on the elderly.

More than half of the comments on the council’s budget consultation were about the plans to review all 28 bowling greens.

Most were concerned that due to their age, users will not have the capacity to physically maintain the land or financially run it.

One respondent said: “We have neither the funds to buy and store essential equipment, nor the able-bodied manpower to use it.”

Some had tried and failed to obtain grants and some had obtained contractors quotes which were too expensive.

Many commented on the impact that closing bowling greens would have on social interaction, emotional support and the level of physical exercise.

One said: “The existence of these clubs save the NHS and supporting services money.”

A small number of bowlers offered to pay slightly higher fees rather than lose the service.

Changes to the budget as a result of the consultation will be announced on Monday.

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