Eviction of Abbots Langley bowls club would be a 'dreadful and enormous loss'

Eviction of Abbots Langley bowls club would be a 'dreadful and enormous loss'

Eviction of Abbots Langley bowls club would be a 'dreadful and enormous loss'

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

The loss of the bowls club in Abbots Langley would be a "dreadful and enormous loss" to the community, according to a senior club official.

Abbots Langley Bowling Club have been playing at Langley Road for 79 years, but after failing to agree a new lease with Abbots Langley Parish Council , the club have been told that they will have to "evict the premises as soon as possible."

But the parish council has agreed to wait until the end of the bowls season before asking the bowls club to leave the premises. The two parties now have until September to agree a new deal and John Sutton, honorary secretary at the club believes that negotiations are proceeding.

The current lease ran out in May and after seeking legal advice, the council were told that a possession order should be made. 

An un-named council source told the Watford Observer that negotiations for a new lease had been going on for well over a year.

John Sutton, honorary secretary at the club said: "As far as we are concerned, things are proceeding, we don't like to receive a letter to say we need to get out, but having spoke to the clerk, we are still negotiating the lease.

"It would be dreadful. Bowls is one of those sports that elderly people can take part in.

"It is a very sociable game. Bowls is a game that can be played at all sorts of levels. You can have a friendly, or as we call it, a roll up and have a cup of tea afterwards. Or you can play it at international level, at the Commonwealth Games as you are seeing on television screens at the moment.

"But personal views aside, the loss to the community would be enormous."

The parish council is responsible for the maintenance of the green and buildings on the site after they bought the land from the club for one shilling in 1960.

Tim Perkins, clerk to Abbots Langley Parish Council also reiterated that discussions are still taking place.

He said:"The Parish Council have been in negotiations with the bowls club for some time about a new long term lease, the current arrangement expired earlier this year.
  
"The parish council is hopeful that a new arrangement can be reached on terms that are satisfactory to both the bowls club and the parish council. The parish council has to be mindful of its wider responsibility to ensure that the terms of all leases to our sports club tenants are equitable and do not represent a cost burden on our residents". 

"The Parish Council is very keen that the sport of bowls continues on the green in Langley Road, but a new lease will need to be in place for that to happen beyond the end of this bowls season."

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3:47pm Sat 2 Aug 14

oldgold says...

As someone who was an Abbots Langley councillor, and a member of Leisure Committee, before returning to Hull, I can reveal that Abbots L Bowls Club was antagonistic towards their landlords, and uncooperative too.

It saddens me to learn that matters have deteriorated so far that ALPC feel that there is no alternative but to consider the non-renewal of the lease. I hope that the club (in particular, Mr Sutton) will see sense and accept that the Council Taxpayers of the Civil Parish cannot be expected to indulge the bowlers, financially.

If the bowlers remain recalcitrant, I have little doubt that another bowls club will be happy to apply for a lease - and promise to support the local community, without greed.

David White
As someone who was an Abbots Langley councillor, and a member of Leisure Committee, before returning to Hull, I can reveal that Abbots L Bowls Club was antagonistic towards their landlords, and uncooperative too. It saddens me to learn that matters have deteriorated so far that ALPC feel that there is no alternative but to consider the non-renewal of the lease. I hope that the club (in particular, Mr Sutton) will see sense and accept that the Council Taxpayers of the Civil Parish cannot be expected to indulge the bowlers, financially. If the bowlers remain recalcitrant, I have little doubt that another bowls club will be happy to apply for a lease - and promise to support the local community, without greed. David White oldgold
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3:52pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Sara says...

The Parish Council are not considering not renewing the lease. The lease is ready to sign when the Bowls Club choose to sign it.
The Parish Council are not considering not renewing the lease. The lease is ready to sign when the Bowls Club choose to sign it. Sara
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5:56pm Sun 3 Aug 14

cgpc Rob says...

What are the details, how much were they paying, how much is now being asked, when are rent reviews, every how many years, how many members, remember these people also have the vote.

How much does the clerk earn?

How much does it cost residents to finance ALPC?

Does it serve the community?
What are the details, how much were they paying, how much is now being asked, when are rent reviews, every how many years, how many members, remember these people also have the vote. How much does the clerk earn? How much does it cost residents to finance ALPC? Does it serve the community? cgpc Rob
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5:57pm Sun 3 Aug 14

cgpc Rob says...

What will ALPC do with the premises if evicted!
What will ALPC do with the premises if evicted! cgpc Rob
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6:22pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Sara says...

There is no wish to evict the Bowls Club from the premises.
There is no wish to evict the Bowls Club from the premises. Sara
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