Kirsten hosts meeting on bowling club future

Kirsten Oswald - Whitecraigs Bowling Club
Kirsten Oswald - Whitecraigs Bowling Club

Further pressures are being brought to bear on Whitecraigs Bowling Club over its plans to close and sell up to a building developer.

Feelings are running high in the local community, with accusations being made that club members are out to make a fast buck at the expense of Whitecraigs residents,

Local MP Kirsten Oswald held a meeting of local residents, elected representatives and local and national sports bodies to discuss the future of the club.

The plans for 28 luxury flats have been approved by the club’s committee and a planning application is currently with East Renfrewshire Council.

The meeting was attended by representatives of Sports Scotland, Bowls Scotland, East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure Trust and Whitecraigs Tennis Club.

Councillors McAlpine and Swift joined residents to consider how to retain a viable bowling club if the development is rejected.

The bowling club committee was invited to attend the meeting but declined, sending apologies via top law firm, Brodies.

Kirsten said: “I was pleased to convene a positive and constructive meeting on the future of Whitecraigs Bowling Club. It was useful to have input from the sports bodies alongside the views of local residents and elected members.

“The community is determined to secure a sustainable future for the club and I want to do what I can as their MP to assist in preserving recreational space.

“It is disappointing the bowling club chose to correspond via its lawyers.

“However, if planning consent for the housing development is not granted, I hope it will recognise the benefits of joining future meetings to engage with the local community.”