Bowlers threaten to boycott green over safety fears
A BOWLING club is threatening to boycott a green unless security is improved.
The Mail first highlighted concerns over vandalism at Princess Elizabeth Bowling Club, off Beverley Road, last autumn.
A 5ft fence costing £9,000 was put up around the green at the insistence of the club's 25 members.
But it has done little to quell problems.
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In fact, Dave Broadley, the club's secretary, says the problem has worsened with the club house now coming under attack.
He said: "Most of our members are retired people from the north Hull area. This green is convenient for them.
"But if problems persist, we will have no choice but to leave and find an alternative venue.
"Bricks have even been kicked out of the club house."
Vandals are able to squeeze through gaps in the fence, says Mr Broadley, a retired police inspector.
The green has also been repeatedly dug up, he said.
"It's got to the point where we never know what we are going to face when we arrive for a game," said Mr Broadley.
"Some days, we are having to spend the first 30 minutes of our session filling in holes the vandals have dug in the green."
Following complaints to the Northern Neighbourhood Committee, repair work was carried out this week to the club house.
Gaps in the fence are also due to be repaired.
But Mr Broadley said his members have heard promises before and now want action.
"We would like to see extra patrols in the area," he said.
"Our members all pay their annual fee. They should be able to bowl without having to worry about vandalism.
"Often, we lock ourselves in for games, not that it keeps out those who want to get in.
"We are constantly having to keep one eye on our possessions.
"If problems continue, we may be forced to look elsewhere – Pearson Park or East Park maybe, but it's not what we want."
Ward councillor Terry Geraghty said the Northern Neighbourhood Committee would do it could to help the bowling club.
He said: "We are disappointed to hear of the further criminal activity at the bowling green, bearing in mind the council awarded almost £9,000 for a new high standard fence when we could have gone for a cheaper option.
"Hull City Council is currently carrying out work to make the fence more secure.
"It will be easier to monitor the bowling green once Thomas Ferens Academy is open with additional security measures."
He said, in the meantime, the local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be monitoring the area.
Anyone with information about who is responsible for the vandalism should call the council on 01482 300300 or police on 101.
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