Protesters not bowled over by price hike

PUBLISHED: 18:18 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 26 October 2009

The members of Parkside Bowls Club

The members of Parkside Bowls Club

ANGRY bowlers turned up en masse to get support for the future of their club – only to be snubbed in their efforts by the councillors who represent them. Members of Parkside Bowls Club, whose home is at King George V Playing Fields in WGC, are up in arms

ANGRY bowlers turned up en masse to get support for the future of their club - only to be snubbed in their efforts by the councillors who represent them.

Members of Parkside Bowls Club, whose home is at King George V Playing Fields in WGC, are up in arms over planned increases to their seasonal fees.

But after taking their case - and a full band of unhappy bowlers - to Monday night's full meeting of Welwyn Hatfield Council, they were left reeling when their case was dismissed by council leader John Dean.

Club member Cliff Rogers told the meeting how Finesse Leisure was hiking up prices for the use of the pavilion at the bowls club base - a club which includes many pensioners.

After putting their arguments across, Cllr Dean briefly replied by saying: "I will be replying to your question soon."

When pushed for an immediate answer they were told that it was not possible, resulting in a mass exodus from club members.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Rogers told the WHT: "All of us at the meeting were just disgusted by the treatment we received. It seemed like they just didn't care.

"What's more some of us are pensioners and need support.

"It is appalling.


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