Bowling club set to grow as council looks to buy it

Wymott Bowling Club

Wymott Bowling Club

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A bowling club could become a hub for the community thanks to a potential new owner.

Chorley Council is looking into buying the Wymott Bowling Club site, in Ulnes Walton.

Members of its executive cabinet approved a proposal to start negotiations to buy the site and lease it to the bowling club at a meeting on Thursday.

Coun Bev Murray, who oversees community development for the council, said: “This club is a focal point for the local area and as such provides a much-needed community facility which we don’t want to lose.”

The council has set aside £55,000 to buy the site and will give money left to the club as a grant for improvement works.

The club has a host of plans for the site, including the demolition of the former social club, which closed around five years ago.

“It will be such an asset for this community. Everybody is welcome. We want people to come and do things.”

Rita Kitching

They want to increase the number of bowlers and teams, hold large competitions and introduce other sports.

It is hoped that in future a new building could be erected on the site and used by the community for a wide range of activities.

Rita Kitching, club chairman, said she was “over the moon” that the council had decided to support the club and buy the site.

She said: “It will be such an asset for this community.

“Everybody is welcome. We want people to come and do things.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, which currently owns the site, said: “We have notified the local council of our intention to sell the Wymott Social Club and bowling green.

“This forms part of our programme to create a more efficient and effective prison estate, which will help us to deliver the best possible value for money for the taxpayer.”