Bowls club calls on council to revamp untidy pavilion

Members of Belmont Bowling Club in Fleetwood are calling on Wyre Council to help with renovation costs for the club's delapidated pavilion.'Outside the pavilion are members Dave Wright, Eileen and Tom Fullalove.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-10-2015
Members of Belmont Bowling Club in Fleetwood are calling on Wyre Council to help with renovation costs for the club's delapidated pavilion.'Outside the pavilion are members Dave Wright, Eileen and Tom Fullalove. PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-10-2015

A long-established bowling club in Fleetwood is appealing to Wyre Council to repair or even replace its dilapidated wooden pavilion.

Both the bowls green and the pavilion at Belmont Bowling Club, on the seafront close to the Marine Gardens, are owned by the council and the club members pay rent to the authority.

The club’s committee says it has asked Wyre many times to renovate the pavilion, which is an old portable cabin which originally came off a building site.

Members say the club house is important to the bowlers because it houses club records and fixture lists for Belmont’s 13 teams and it also has a kitchen for hot drinks and a toilet

But over the years its condition has worsened and now members regard it as eyesore which is letting down the rest of the seafront - especially in light of the £1.5m Five for Fleetwood initiative.

The club says it cannot afford to carry out the work itself and insists it is the council’s responsibility.

Tom Fullalove, club secretary, said: “Unfortunately our club house pavilion is a blot on the seafront landscape.

“It is used by many local people and also used in the Fleetwood Bowling Festival, but I’m sure it doesn’t create a very good impression.

“We have worked hard over the years to improve the green and keep the surrounding area looking well kept.

“Spending money on the club house would enhance the new surroundings and finish off the work already undertaken.

“We have a good membership - over 90 members - but we do not have the means for repairs.”

David Wright, chairman of Belmont Bowling Club, said: “The pavilion really needs replacing but we do realise that these are difficult times for funding that kind of work. But it does need sprucing up at least.”

A Wyre Council spokeswoman said: “We are in discussions with the club and considering options for the clubhouse.”