Save the greens

First published in Letters

CAERPHILLY council intends to close six bowling green’s which are Oakdale, New Tredegar, Ynysddu, Senghenydd, Machen and Penyrheol. This would save the council £100,000. Local bowling clubs provide exercise, social contact and friendship for every member of the community which include the retired members. Age Concern Cymru encourages OAPs to get out more and socialise. With these closures there would be an extra stretch on social services with more cases of loneliness.

Closure would be a devastating blow to the community and the council need to look at alternative ways of saving money. These clubs do a lot of work with the young and old in the community which would be lost if they shut. Still the council can afford the living wage for its staff.

Andrew Nutt Heolddu Road Bargoed

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11:51am Tue 15 Jul 14

Gez Kirby says...

Not for the first time, Mr Nutt is plain wrong - this time to claim that "CAERPHILLY council intends to close six bowling greens".

In fact, closure of bowling greens is one of many *possible* proposals for savings yet to be considered by scrutiny committees and full Council. Every Caerphilly councillor will have a chance to influence decisions over where savings must be made. Every Caerphilly resident will have a chance to influence their local councillor.

I hope Mr Nutt wil share his concerns with his local councillor.
Not for the first time, Mr Nutt is plain wrong - this time to claim that "CAERPHILLY council intends to close six bowling greens". In fact, closure of bowling greens is one of many *possible* proposals for savings yet to be considered by scrutiny committees and full Council. Every Caerphilly councillor will have a chance to influence decisions over where savings must be made. Every Caerphilly resident will have a chance to influence their local councillor. I hope Mr Nutt wil share his concerns with his local councillor. Gez Kirby
  • Score: -2

1:14pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

How many people use these bowling greens on an average week?
How many people use these bowling greens on an average week? Bobevans
  • Score: -2

1:59pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Maybe the silver tops can contribute to the facilities, like football clubs charge subs'?
Maybe the silver tops can contribute to the facilities, like football clubs charge subs'? Good Job No Kids
  • Score: -4

10:50pm Tue 15 Jul 14

pwlldu says...

It is one of six earmarked for closure in 2015-16 and 2016-17 by officials in a report. The others under threat are at Oakdale, New Tredegar, Ynysddu, Senghenydd and Machen.

The proposals were due to be considered at a meeting of the council’s Special Regeneration and Environment Scrutiny Committee on Monday but the meeting has now been postponed to July 30.
Only the Labour councillors in those wards and the Plaid group will vote against the closures. Just like the open cast will get the go ahead overlooking Deri and Fochriw.
It is one of six earmarked for closure in 2015-16 and 2016-17 by officials in a report. The others under threat are at Oakdale, New Tredegar, Ynysddu, Senghenydd and Machen. The proposals were due to be considered at a meeting of the council’s Special Regeneration and Environment Scrutiny Committee on Monday but the meeting has now been postponed to July 30. Only the Labour councillors in those wards and the Plaid group will vote against the closures. Just like the open cast will get the go ahead overlooking Deri and Fochriw. pwlldu
  • Score: 3

10:29am Wed 16 Jul 14

pwlldu says...

Bobevans says... More people than you think.
Good Job No Kids says... why not close all swimming pools, some say Wales got far to many rugby clubs and the WRU could save some money if some clubs joined together. I say local clubs whatever sport is played are the social hub for local people. Welsh lottery money spent on the London O. Games could have been spent on providing sporting areas for all ages. Now there is going to more OAP's reduced to living a more lonely life. All councils and Welsh government in Cardiff are just paying lip service to sport.
Bobevans says... More people than you think. Good Job No Kids says... why not close all swimming pools, some say Wales got far to many rugby clubs and the WRU could save some money if some clubs joined together. I say local clubs whatever sport is played are the social hub for local people. Welsh lottery money spent on the London O. Games could have been spent on providing sporting areas for all ages. Now there is going to more OAP's reduced to living a more lonely life. All councils and Welsh government in Cardiff are just paying lip service to sport. pwlldu
  • Score: 5

9:47pm Wed 16 Jul 14

scraptheWAG says...

why are the council subsidising bowling greens
why are the council subsidising bowling greens scraptheWAG
  • Score: -4

9:54am Thu 17 Jul 14

pwlldu says...

OAP's are the biggest voting group, beware the grey voter.
scraptheWAG says...why are the council subsidising bowling greens, just like councils subsidising parks, swimming pools, rugby and football pitches. To keep the council tax payer healthy and encourage healthy living. A healthy mind, body and spirit is less likely to visit the doctor or other departments of the NHS. Why should the council give something back to the OAP's, many of whom have had very hard lives.
OAP's are the biggest voting group, beware the grey voter. scraptheWAG says...why are the council subsidising bowling greens, just like councils subsidising parks, swimming pools, rugby and football pitches. To keep the council tax payer healthy and encourage healthy living. A healthy mind, body and spirit is less likely to visit the doctor or other departments of the NHS. Why should the council give something back to the OAP's, many of whom have had very hard lives. pwlldu
  • Score: 4

8:38pm Thu 17 Jul 14

pwlldu says...

Bowlers pay a membership and when they play for their club they also got to pay a fee for the day. All payments go to the council. Any visitors wishing to play also need to pay a hourly fee.
Bowlers pay a membership and when they play for their club they also got to pay a fee for the day. All payments go to the council. Any visitors wishing to play also need to pay a hourly fee. pwlldu
  • Score: 5

11:34am Thu 24 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

pwlldu wrote:
Bobevans says... More people than you think.
Good Job No Kids says... why not close all swimming pools, some say Wales got far to many rugby clubs and the WRU could save some money if some clubs joined together. I say local clubs whatever sport is played are the social hub for local people. Welsh lottery money spent on the London O. Games could have been spent on providing sporting areas for all ages. Now there is going to more OAP's reduced to living a more lonely life. All councils and Welsh government in Cardiff are just paying lip service to sport.
In the end someone has to pay for this facilities and it is not unreasonable that the bulk o the cost fall on those that use them. Remember as well councils are overspending so what would you suggest be cut instead?
[quote][p][bold]pwlldu[/bold] wrote: Bobevans says... More people than you think. Good Job No Kids says... why not close all swimming pools, some say Wales got far to many rugby clubs and the WRU could save some money if some clubs joined together. I say local clubs whatever sport is played are the social hub for local people. Welsh lottery money spent on the London O. Games could have been spent on providing sporting areas for all ages. Now there is going to more OAP's reduced to living a more lonely life. All councils and Welsh government in Cardiff are just paying lip service to sport.[/p][/quote]In the end someone has to pay for this facilities and it is not unreasonable that the bulk o the cost fall on those that use them. Remember as well councils are overspending so what would you suggest be cut instead? Bobevans
  • Score: 0

7:59pm Thu 24 Jul 14

bugsy93 says...

Many bowling clubs have been around for nearly a hundred years and the Councils have had no problems in maintaining all these greens during this time, despite many recessions in the past.
These failing councils is a result of gross incompetence at the top... Far too many overpaid fatcats bleeding the public resources into desperate measures such as maintaining these sports pitches.
This is a common factor with all our failing public funded bodies,but what is anyone with any common sense going to do about it??
Many bowling clubs have been around for nearly a hundred years and the Councils have had no problems in maintaining all these greens during this time, despite many recessions in the past. These failing councils is a result of gross incompetence at the top... Far too many overpaid fatcats bleeding the public resources into desperate measures such as maintaining these sports pitches. This is a common factor with all our failing public funded bodies,but what is anyone with any common sense going to do about it?? bugsy93
  • Score: 0

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