The Gunnersbury Park Community Interest Company has refused to grant access by the Bowls Club to the bowls green to carry out urgent maintenance work.Some readers may wish to sign this petition:https://petitions.hounslow.gov.uk/GPBowlsClub/Our request is that all councillors, whether members of the Planning Committee or not, should seek to use their good offices to persuade the CIC to allow the Bowls Club access to the bowls green.Gunnersbury Estate (2026) Community Interest Company (the CIC) is responsible for the management of Gunnersbury Park on behalf of the joint owners, the London Boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing.In April 2020 a planning application was refused for the conversion of the bowls clubhouse to a cafe/restaurant. In January 2021, a decision on a further, almost identical, planning application was deferred by Hounslow Planning Committee. This proposal would lead to the re-purposing of the bowls green as a mini-golf facility which would mean the end of bowls in Gunnersbury Park after 90 years.In deferring their decision, the Planning Committee wished to have more time to consider all of the relevant facts, including the consideration of alternative sites for the mini-golf facility.The Bowls Club and volunteers from the wider community have been refused access by the CIC to carry out urgent maintenance work. Without this work the bowls green will rapidly deteriorate to a condition beyond repair and this will mean that the Planning Committee will be faced with a situation where bowls is no longer a viable use for the site of the bowls green.The Bowls Club is not opposed to the establishment of a mini-golf facility in the Park. Indeed, it supports the principle of this important source of revenue for the CIC but not at the expense of the bowls green and the Bowls Club itself.
Jim Storrar ● 226d14 Comments
Property developers and corporations seem to have pivotal people in their pockets at all levels.Look at how many planners and regeneration executives end up moving across to work for them- usual after the damage is done getting projects built.Do they make donations one way or another to any political party or have any particular political leanings? I very much doubt it. I suspect 'donations' are made to the principal group in charge.But they also have a trend for sitting on local authority advisory groups and being given more than a say on issues than local residents ever do.This is very much part of why we have a morally corrupt system that is not working as it ought.
Raymond Havelock ● 206d
Could Putt in the Park be Labour party donors? I've long held the suspicion that St George's are as they are Ealing councils first stop for developing anything that moves. I've lived in the borough all my life and these no marks seemingly have more sway locally than me!
peter king ● 207d
A takeover implies selling out to a rival.The Bowls club is not, I understand a business but a public amenity club that in the case of Gunnersbury has been self sufficient for decades. Not cost the council or CiC a penny. It's underhand and unfair to target such clubs as these are part of the fabric of our society and community.This is not a takeover it's a hijack with the help of officials in the shadows and no negotiations.The reports in various media in the localities concerned seem to indicate the same sort of undermining of these clubs.It ought to be investigated. If Councillors have a hand in this too then that would really be a disgrace. But several have been rather aloof who ought not to be.I'm sure those involved know more than I on this.
Raymond Havelock ● 207d
It is obviously part of their business plan to identify bowls clubs for takeover. Nothing wrong with that if it is don't consensually.What links do local councillors have with Putt in the Park?
Mark Evans ● 207d
Take a look at the links Putt in the Park seem to have with senior officers and various councillors - from Colchester and Wandsworth to Ealing and Hounslow.Same names keep popping up.Seems the same thing keeps happening.
Raymond Havelock ● 207d
We have been told that members of the angling club were clearing out the pond yesterday. They were apparently out in boats and using all sorts of equipment. We are sure that the angling club's activities are being overseen by a qualified team of marine salvage experts, scuba divers, and lifeguards. Their activities are clearly much less dangerous than those of volunteers on the bowls green using garden trowels, rakes, and domestic lawnmowers.Our petition, which requested access to the bowls green, closed on 19 March. We are delighted, and very pleasantly surprised, to have received 619 signatories. Many thanks to all the signatories.We are sure that many of the signatories would wish to join the Bowls Club and to see it thrive in the future. However, it is just possible that some may have taken the opportunity to express a general dissatisfaction with the current governance arrangements for Gunnersbury Park.In view of the urgency of the situation, we have requested LB Hounslow to provide a speedy response to our petition. We will seek to ensure that all signatories are given a full account of the response.To reiterate, we are not opposed to the principle of hosting Putt in the Park, but not at the expense of the Bowls Club. A petition opposing a similar planning application on bowls greens at Clapham Common attracted 3,000 signatories. This application was refused by Wandsworth Planning Committee, with 0 votes for, 8 against, and 2 abstentions. Putt in the Park have lodged an appeal and the decision is awaited.
Jim Storrar ● 209d
I understand that is why the windbreak poplars were all chopped down.Again like most things going on at Gunnersbury, it's all behind closed doors with arrogance and deception all the way and no one gives a hoot about a little community club.Which is a victim of constant gerrymandering by the Bulling culture at the CiC and certain parts of Ealing and Hounslow Councils. Quite shameful, ageist and appalling really.
Raymond Havelock ● 213d
I was in the park yesterday and it struck me that the Sports Hub building takes away much of the natural light from the bowling green. Would this make the maintenance of surface of the necessary quality impossible?
Mark Evans ● 214d
We can't thank you enough if you have already signed our petition. We have now received 420 signatures.Please help us to maintain the momentum by adding your name to the list of signatories -https://petitions.hounslow.gov.uk/GPBowlsClub/
Jim Storrar ● 221d
No, that information isn’t on there.But little wonder they want to increase revenues at the park.
Simon Hayes ● 223d
The accounts filed with company house show that staff salaries in 2018-19 were £500,000 on a turnover of about £1.4million.Make of that what you will.
Simon Hayes ● 223d
Having a Crazy Golf and Pizzeria is fine ( albeit rather questionable given the issues with obesity and lack of active well being that permeates)But surely not in an already existing dedicated facility for a proper sport?How can that be justified? How dare beancounters place final values on dedicated and established sites artificially?Are the salaries of this CIC published anywhere? Is it yet another Public Service executive gravy train? Certainly seems like it. Maybe that's why even it's website is only open to those who fully agree to it's cookie terms without options to opt out.A bit like how East Germany was run.
Raymond Havelock ● 223d