Clapham Common Westside Bowling Green Closure

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LineBall Tennis/Siva
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Clapham Common Westside Bowling Green Closure

Postby LineBall Tennis/Siva » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:14 pm

Some local residents may be aware that Lambeth Council and its stakeholders are primarily considering alternative uses of the referenced bowling greens. Currently, Lambeth Council manage the bowling green and tennis facility (which is now awaiting Cabinet approval for transferring management to GLL - Better, a not-for-profit outsource company), but have now indicated bowling green is too costly and only had revenues of £3,000 last year. The dedicated up-keeper / groundsman of the greens has also been retired.

This bottom-line rationale is a poor reason for closing a local municipal facility, that is especially valuable for elderly people, and young summer revellers alike. Also for the ambience around Clapham Common Westside. The provincialism known as "gentrification" of inner London means such facilities are INDEED recognisable to residing youngsters and the existing elderly residents etc for use. Lambeth Council will have closed ALL its bowling greens with this venue's closure - though the land is in the Planning Permission domain of Wandsworth Council. The other Wandsworth Common has thriving bowling greens.

This closure would also be a reflection of poor politics as Tory-run Wandsworth Council thriving but Labour-run Lambeth struggling to manage and fund facilities / services. Closure is an indictment of the Labour management. 

I have written to the Management Advisory Committee of Clapham Common as a committee member for continuity of a bowling green (as attached below). I am hoping local interested residents will also concisely write to: sports@lambeth.gov.uk protesting.

Thank you,
Krishna Siva

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Re: Clapham Common Westside Bowling Green Closure

Postby juliantenniscoach » Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:29 pm

I agree wholeheartedly with what you've written here.  It's a reflection of over a decade of lack of vision, ambition and investment in what should be a showcase of a public sporting facility.  The bowls itself has declined as the popularity of the resident bowling clubs failed to replace members.  Perhaps there is only the need for one well maintained bowls green?  But throughout last summer it was always well used by young people throughout the weekend and there is surely demand to support one green.

For the other green, some of us have repeated suggested that it be converted to an all weather surface which could be used by Playball during the day, thus freeing up 2 sometimes 3 tennis courts for hire.  Then they could be for other sports such as hockey, mini-tennis, touchtennis all of which could be used to raise income.  One point is that the ten's of thousands of pounds raised in tennis court fees have not been ringfenced, and disappear into Lambeth somewhere.  You only need to take a look at the pavilion and toilets to see that investment has been miserly at best.

Please support the CCMAC in securing the future of a bowling green and a positive, planned future for the facility as a whole.
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Re: Clapham Common Westside Bowling Green Closure

Postby LineBall Tennis/Siva » Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:39 am

Thank you for your support on the matter of saving the CC Westside bowling green. You've made excellent additional points about ringfencing revenue, state of toilets & revenue-raising. I will convey ideas to CCMAC if you haven't already.

If we fail to act on a local loss of conservatorship we might as well forget bigger global issues like loss of environment & climate.

Again thanks.
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Re: Clapham Common Westside Bowling Green Closure

Postby HeathHeise » Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:22 pm

Running past the Clapham Common bowling greens, it saddens me that these now lay fallow. I was interested to see your messages in April of 2019. Does anyone have a current update on their status or proposed future? Thanks much
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