Bowl­ing goes on as club raises cash

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports -

AN An­gus bowl­ing club is vow­ing to play on, de­spite the dis­cov­ery of as­bestos in its roof space.

Ar­broath and Dis­trict In­door Bowl­ing Club is work­ing with An­gus Coun­cil to get funds to re­move the sub­stance and re­place its ceil­ing. How­ever, mem­bers have been as­sured there is no im­me­di­ate dan­ger and play will con­tinue while the com­mit­tee makes plans to be­gin work at the end of the 2018-19 sea­son.

It is thought re­mov­ing the as­bestos could cost as much as £60,000, with re­pair­ing or re­plac­ing the in­ter­nal ceil­ing likely to add thou­sands more to the bill.

Club pres­i­dent Lynn Kin­n­ear said air tests had been con­ducted at the premises in Cairnie Road and the build­ing had been deemed safe for mem­bers and vis­i­tors. The as­bestos was found by a con­trac­tor and the roof space has since been sealed up.

Mr Kin­n­ear said: “We’ve had to get firms to come in and give us a quote but we still don’t have the num­ber of es­ti­mates we re­quire.

“The ceil­ing has to come down and it will re­quire a new ceil­ing and any associated work with that and electrics. That is the other es­ti­mate we are wait­ing on.

“Air tests were con­ducted and there is no trace of as­bestos in the play­ing area, recre­ational area or of­fice. Every­thing con­tin­ues to work as nor­mal and the build­ing is ab­so­lutely safe.”

Mr Kin­n­ear said funds would have to be found to pay for the work but mem­bers were now fo­cus­ing on the end of the 2018-19 sea­son.

Ar­broath East and Lu­nan Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor Derek Wann said: “Ar­broath In­door Bowl­ing Club is more than just an in­door bowl­ing arena.

“It’s ac­tu­ally a com­mu­nity where peo­ple come to meet and blether, have lunch and the odd pint. They have 10 em­ploy­ees — full and part-time — and the club is a re­ally im­por­tant part of the com­mu­nity.”

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