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Row over changes to Bank Park bowling green
6:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
BOWLERS are being called on to add their support to keep one of the two bowling greens on Bank Park as a natural turf pitch.
There was confusion after Warrington Borough Council had unveiled its vision for Bank Park last month.
In two different parts of the consultation on the plans it said the two pitches would be turned into artificial pitches and then later said one or both would be turned into all-weather playing surfaces.
But now the council says it is looking at having both pitches turned into the artificial pitches and is waiting for responses from its consultation before deciding otherwise.
Ian Johnson disagrees though.
He said: “I personally would strongly object to both traditional turf greens being dug up by the council, but shall clearly support there being one of each with floodlights to both.
“The historic game like many other sports is an outdoor and turf surface game.
“I have no evidence of poor drainage or similar on the traditional turf greens, and so one could easily be used traditionally for team play,lessons, town matches and bowling mains between March until mid to end of October annually.
“Victoria Park has some floodlit games during late winter and winter play can be sustained on a turf green so long as adequate autumn preparation and a short rest is allowed, play does not take place in ridiculous weather conditions, that there is a two or three week rest of the green before summer play and that maintenance such as slitting or spiking is correctly done in proper ground conditions during autumn and winter.”
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