Row over 'rubbish' Darwen bowling green

Blackburn Citizen: A bowling green looking its best A bowling green looking its best

BOWLERS have reacted angrily to claims from a councillor their green is ‘rubbish’.

Tory Alan Cottam made the comment about Whitehall Bowling Club during Thursday’s full council forum meeting at Blackburn with Darwen Council.

But club member Patricia Turner said his comments were ‘unfair’ at such an early stage in the season.

The controversy started during a discussion on bowling greens in the borough which, as of last season, have to be maintained by members with just a £1,000 grant towards upkeep from Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Whitehall councillor Karimeh Foster had said how good the greens were looking.

But Livesey with Pleasington councillor and deputy mayor Coun Cottam, who is also a keen bowler, said: “I played there recently and I can tell you the greens are rubbish compared to what they used to be.”

Mrs Turner said the club pays £2,500 a year to a private firm which comes in to look after the green.

She said: “We have a professional green keeper who comes in now.

“The green is not perfect but it is fine and we have only been open three weeks after a really wet off-season.

“It just isn’t growing weather at the minute because of all the rain. Give us a chance!

“For him to say that is very unfair. I think it is an awful thing for him to say.

“I think a lot of the time at these big meetings some councillors just say things for effect.

“They are certainly not rubbish as we are looking after them.

“We also have a team of volunteers who work on the gardens around the green.”

Mrs Turner said the club was very well used, with 10 teams playing out of it.

She said: “On some Wednesdays we have matches on all day as we have so many teams.

“The club is so accessible being right off the main road so we do get a lot of people using the green.”

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5:39pm Sat 26 Apr 14

denidenideni says...

What a load of bowls
What a load of bowls denidenideni
  • Score: 7

6:10pm Sat 26 Apr 14

supertrooper says...

Well, it looks green and flat whats the problem?
Well, it looks green and flat whats the problem? supertrooper
  • Score: 7

6:27pm Sat 26 Apr 14

POW WOW says...

So why is he an elected councilor if he doesn't share the views of the very people who elected him ?????
So why is he an elected councilor if he doesn't share the views of the very people who elected him ????? POW WOW
  • Score: 10

8:36pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Darrens Delivery Service says...

I walk past this bowling green on most days when I take my dog in the park.
It looks darn fine to me.
I walk past this bowling green on most days when I take my dog in the park. It looks darn fine to me. Darrens Delivery Service
  • Score: 8

7:08am Sun 27 Apr 14

woolywords says...

Visitor: I didn't know that this a Crown Green club...

Member: It isn't. The hump, is where we buried that gobby Councillor.
Visitor: I didn't know that this a Crown Green club... Member: It isn't. The hump, is where we buried that gobby Councillor. woolywords
  • Score: 9

9:58am Sun 27 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

Stock photograph of A blowing club for a local news article. Any old photo of any old bowling club, eh, LT? Lazy journalism. Yet again. If you can't be bothered sourcing a photograph of THE bowling club in the article, omit the photograph.
Stock photograph of A blowing club for a local news article. Any old photo of any old bowling club, eh, LT? Lazy journalism. Yet again. If you can't be bothered sourcing a photograph of THE bowling club in the article, omit the photograph. happycyclist
  • Score: 12

1:48pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Angusam says...

Its great to see that our tax payers money that pays our councillors salaries are being spent so wisely and that they have time to sit around and discuss bowling greens when there are so many more important things going on in Darwen that should be being delt with.
Its great to see that our tax payers money that pays our councillors salaries are being spent so wisely and that they have time to sit around and discuss bowling greens when there are so many more important things going on in Darwen that should be being delt with. Angusam
  • Score: 2

11:50pm Mon 28 Apr 14

CapitaBackHander says...

Angusam wrote:
Its great to see that our tax payers money that pays our councillors salaries are being spent so wisely and that they have time to sit around and discuss bowling greens when there are so many more important things going on in Darwen that should be being delt with.
Like what???? Parks e.t.c. are very important part for the council instead of giving i.e. (guessing) giving £2.5k to kershaws per green! The green looks perfect to me and I am sure many bowlers are happy - maybe this bowler prefers the grass to be cut to a shorter (pro?) level. What a load of bowls.
[quote][p][bold]Angusam[/bold] wrote: Its great to see that our tax payers money that pays our councillors salaries are being spent so wisely and that they have time to sit around and discuss bowling greens when there are so many more important things going on in Darwen that should be being delt with.[/p][/quote]Like what???? Parks e.t.c. are very important part for the council instead of giving i.e. (guessing) giving £2.5k to kershaws per green! The green looks perfect to me and I am sure many bowlers are happy - maybe this bowler prefers the grass to be cut to a shorter (pro?) level. What a load of bowls. CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 0

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