Winning end for new bowls club
MORE than £200,000 of taxpayers' cash is to be spent replacing a town's bowling green.
Biddulph has been without a green for bowlers since the demolition of the town's Labour club to make way for the new Sainsbury's supermarket in 2010.
Bowlers have since campaigned for a replacement facility somewhere in the town.
Now Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is to spend £130,000 on the new artificial green and £80,000 on a clubhouse, including a changing room, toilets and a kitchen.
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The new Biddulph Bowling and Recreation Club will be built on overgrown tennis courts off Congleton Road.
Stoke-on-Trent District League president Graham Swift, aged 74, of Brown Lees, who has campaigned for the replacement green, said: "It has been a long time since we lost our bowling green and we had to find new clubs which would accept us.
"I am highly delighted that the funding application has been accepted.
"It will be one big family in a fantastic venue that should put Biddulph on the map.
"We are looking forward to inviting people to join, but fees still have to be decided."
Bowlers in Biddulph have had to travel to clubs in Congleton, Knypersley and further afield to play the sport since the demolition of the Labour club.
Alsager Institute Bowling Club secretary Roy Cowden said: "While bowling is a minority sport compared to football and cricket, in this area it has strong roots and is enjoyed by many of all ages.
"Bowls played in league matches is a competitive game within all the local leagues."
The bowling green plan forms part of the overall Biddulph Sports Village Project which is also improving sports facilities elsewhere in the town at Halls Road and at Mill Hayes.
Council executive director Andrew Stokes said: "The site at St Lawrence Recreation Ground has been found to be a potentially suitable location for a new bowling green.
"This green is required to accommodate the bowlers who have had to leave the town to bowl since the loss of the green at the Labour club when the new Sainsbury's development took place.
"A group of local bowlers have constituted themselves into a club and the council is working with them on a development plan to ensure maximum potential usage of the proposed new facility."