Loud par­ties, greens ru­ined – game up for bowls club

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

‘‘We’re not proud of it.’’

That’s the mes­sage from mem­bers of a bowl­ing club that’s be­ing evicted af­ter com­plaints about drunken par­ties and al­low­ing the fa­cil­ity to fall into dis­re­pair.

The Al­bert Eden Lo­cal Board has ended the Eden­dale Bowl­ing Club’s lease at Grib­ble­hurst Park in San­dring­ham.

The club has been there since the 1930s. But mem­ber­ship is down to less than 20 and it does not have the re­sources to fix main­te­nance is­sues, a re­port to the board says.

In 2012 the club was put on six months’ no­tice af­ter nu­mer­ous com­plaints were re­ceived from neigh­bours about noisy par­ties, people caus­ing a nui­sance, po­ten­tial breaches of liquor li­cense.

The greens have also been used in­ter­mit­tently as a and

its stand-in rugby league pitch and are in a poor state.

‘‘The re­moval of the club is a sad day, but it is now but a shadow of its for­mer self,’’ board chair­man Peter Haynes says.

‘‘It is not pos­si­ble to play bowls on some of the greens.’’

‘‘The club’s grounds were no longer be­ing used for the pur­poses of their lease, amongst other mat­ters, so we re­ally had no other op­tion but to take this step.’’

An in­spec­tion in March re­vealed prob­lems.

Is­sues in­cluded toi­lets be­ing ‘‘very dirty with the ma­jor­ity out of or­der’’, blocked fire ex­its, ex­posed wiring and rot.

Club mem­ber Alan Taki says news of the ter­mi­na­tion is dis­ap­point­ing.

‘‘We’re not proud of Ev­ery­one is up­set about he says.

Bowlers won’t be dis­ad­van­taged by the loss of the club, Auck­land Bowls gen­eral man­ager Phil Vyver says.

‘‘There are 51 bowls clubs in the re­gion so there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to play else­where.’’

It’s not yet known what the fa­cil­ity will be used for but some funds have been set aside by the board for the re­moval of the green.

it. it,’’

Mov­ing out: The Eden­dale Bowl­ing Club will have to leave Grib­ble­hurst Park af­ter breach­ing its lease.

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