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Decision due on future of Mapperley bowling green


A highly anticipated decision on the future of a bowling green in Mapperley will be made today (Thursday).

It is hoped that a decision, to be made by councillors from Gedling Borough Council, will be put the matter to bed after months of protests and action by residents fighting the decision to sell-off the land to developers.

They are determined to keep the land on Haywood Road as they say it is “the only remaining green space left” in their area.

Planning officers from Gedling Borough Council have called on councillors to accept the proposals to sell a large portion of the land in order to raise £300,000.

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The decision will be made at the council’s cabinet meeting later today.

The remainder of the land around the site’s community centre would remain, but the bowling green area would go.

The sale could raise around £300,000 for Gedling Borough Council who say they have a funding gap caused by years of Government cuts.

Last week campaigners called on the council to delay a decision on the future of the site.

A spokesman for the Save The Haywood Road Green campaign group said: “We think at the very least there should be a delay to the proposals there has not been a sufficient consultation period or sufficient opportunity to fundraise to enable the community to buy the space.”

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But leader of the council, Cllr John Clarke said that a decade of funding cuts meant the council now had to make tough decisions to help balance the books.

“I’ve no doubt that some residents will be disappointed with any loss of the bowling green but I hope it is recognised that the Council has made a genuine effort to strike the right balance between preserving community services and at the same time balancing our books.”

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