Comment by Observer
Uckfield Bowls Club’s future must be in some doubt now that a proposed move to Ridgewood Rec is no longer possible.
The new town council withdrew the “approval in principle” for a new green in the face of opposition from local residents.
It will have been a bitter pill for the club to swallow having spent months and months working on this plan to transfer from Oaklea Way.
However, as the scale of the project became apparent and how much of the Rec would be affected; opposition mounted.
Frankly, the town council had little choice.
So what to do?
The spotlight swings back on Wealden District Council which wants the bowls club off the land at Grants Hill House, presumably so it can build state-of-the-art homes for elderly people.
It is hard to argue against the district’s aspiration.
Bowls club or specialist housing for old people?
Does it have to be a choice or could a way for both to co-exist on the land?
To me, the most obvious solution to the conundrum is for the bowls club to have a new green and club area on the site of 1,000 homes to be built at Ridgewood Farm.
Surely, on such a massive area a suitable piece of land can be found and Wealden come to arrangement with the developers to transfer the land in lieu of some section 106 money.
A bowls green would also be an excellent leisure asset for the new community AND the whole town.
Or is Observer being too optimistic and a naive in hoping such an agreement is possible.