Frustration on lack of decision over Go Bowling in Fareham

Al Ashby, treasurer for the Youth Bowling Club, pictured in April before the alley closed

Al Ashby, treasurer for the Youth Bowling Club, pictured in April before the alley closed

Hannah Eade (14) and Marianne Osman (14).

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  • Supporters of Go Bowling, in Fareham, are unhappy with the lack of information on the unit’s future
  • The alley has been closed since May but the council is still yet to decide on it Matalan can take over
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DELAYS over a decision on the future of a former bowling alley have been branded a farce.

Supporters of Go Bowling in Fareham are frustrated at the lack of information after a planning application, which could see the unit turned into a Matalan, is yet to go before the council.

The application, submitted by Eskmuir Securities, was due to be considered by Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee in June.

But three months later, a decision on the unit’s change of use from leisure to retail is yet to be made.

Dan Statham, who set up the Save Fareham Go Bowling Facebook page, said: ‘It is a farce.

‘No-one knows what’s going on except that the decision was delayed for four weeks in June.

No one knows what’s going on except that the decision was delayed for four weeks in June.

Dan Statham

‘Since then, we have no idea what’s happening.

‘The whole point of me setting up the Facebook page was so people could be kept in the loop and updated, but I am not getting any information either.’

The bowling alley, at Collingwood Retail Park, off Newgate Lane, has been closed since May after Go Bowling had to shut following financial difficulties.

Since its closure, a number of the groups and leagues that bowled there have moved to Eastleigh or Chichester.

Dan added: ‘People had to rush to find new places to bowl and many did it on a whim.

‘But now it’s been closed and empty for three months, they could have used that time to carry on using it and find new alleys without rushing.

‘The closure has been a big loss and I know people who have stopped playing altogether as they cannot afford to travel to Chichester or Eastleigh.’

Al Ashby, who is secretary for the Youth Bowling Club, said it was a shame to see the unit changing.

‘There are some big red doors on it now and the sign has come down. It is a shame and I know a lot of people have given up now with the decision taking so long.’

A spokesman from the council said the application was following normal planning procedure and a decision would be made when the application was ready.

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