We are delighted to see that the Sports Hub is now open. The Bowls Club wishes every success for this enterprise.For the Bowls Club, the photograph in the article is particularly poignant in that it features the bowls pavilion and bowls green. The statements from officers of LB Hounslow and LB Ealing talk of delivering "important community, sports and leisure facilities for residents in the local area" and a vision for Gunnersbury Park "where local people can enjoy sport, beautiful green spaces and a rich local history long into the future.."Meanwhile, bowling in Gunnersbury Park is facing extinction after a history of 90 years. The Community Interest Company is bent on ensuring this fate through a policy of intentional neglect.Members and supporters of the Bowls Club have repeatedly been refused access to the site to carry out extremely urgent maintenance to the green. We learned yesterday that an expert and fully accredited third party has also been refused access by the CIC. This party had very kindly offered to carry out maintenance on behalf of the Bowls Club.The planning application from Putt in the Park has yet to be determined by Hounslow Planning Committee. We believe that by the time this decision is made, whether it is to refuse or to permit, the bowls green will be beyond repair.You may, as does the Bowls Club, wonder how it has been possible to arrive at this situation in what is, after all, a public park which was conceived to be for the benefit of the entire community.
Jim Storrar ● 185d3 Comments
It seems that this is being wilfully instigated by the CIC and without a demonstrable mandate as planning permission has not been approved and is actually been recommended for refusal twice.Having just read the LBH details, it seems the much maligned ( often by m,e Planning Officers have a very clear cut set of regulatory lines to lead to this .So who is pulling the strings here? The CIC or A. N. Other?Just why is Gunnersburys operations so secretive.It is after all a Public Park not a closed estate like Syon.
Raymond Havelock ● 185d
It’s a familiar tactic. Allowed to fall into a state beyond repair, then suddenly find something to go in its place. Warren Farm is a prime example. The Town Hall is another.
Simon Hayes ● 185d
Just why are both Hounslow and Ealing Councils, both of who have made much of their 'commitment to well being and affordable access for sport and recreation" and signed up the Mayor of London policies of the same which specifically mention small clubs not demanding an explanation of this CICs actions. The Bowls club is not the only thing to have been treated in such a way but clearly this is a shambolic and underhand, unprofessional treatment which is significantly laced with forms of prejudice anoints older citizens and those with lesser means.Is it closed ranks cronyism? Or poor stewardship? or pressure from faceless politicians? It all seems very dodgy.Very sad to see such bulling being given such creedence by ...well Bullies.
Raymond Havelock ● 185d