Musicians throw weight behind bowling alley

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SUPPORTERS of a bowling alley which is set to close to make way for a housing estate have been given a boost by musicians.

AMF Bowling, in Bedhampton, will be bulldozed along with Homebase DIY store if developers get permission to build on land off Portsdown Hill Road.

The alley in Havant Retail Park is used by local schools, bowling leagues and several disabled groups.

So far there are more than 400 names on the petition.

And on March 2, three bands, The Five Beats, Fantastic Planet, and The Delicate Sound Of Floyd are throwing a concert to support the campaign.

Ray Tricker has organised the gig.

He said: ‘There has been a lot of talk about losing the bowling centre to development.

‘It is the only bowling venue around for some miles.

‘Some 400-plus people have already signed the petition to try to keep it open.

‘Apart from this being a great venue for music we thought it would be a good way of seeing just how much the bowling centre is supported.’

A Facebook page has also been set up to garner support.

Bowling fan Tom Chuter said: ‘I’ve known this centre for a number of years and loved bowling there every time.

‘It is well known amongst bowlers all around the country having held many major events there in its time, as well as being home to several league bowlers who started out at Havant.

‘The idea that it may close is disturbing as centres this good are difficult to come by.’

Linden Homes wants to build 86 homes on the land, which is classed as a brownfield site.

Havant Borough Council considers it a preferred site or housing and leisure services in its homes allocations plan but only for 33 homes. No formal planning application has been submitted to the council yet.

The concert starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £4 and can be bought from the venue.