Bowled over by flat bid

Whitecraigs Bowling Club, where members hope to sell the site at a profit.
Whitecraigs Bowling Club, where members hope to sell the site at a profit.

Residents in a southside suburb are pulling together in a Daniel versus Goliath fight — one, which they claim, is going to get messy.

Some of the homeowners, who live in the greenbelt of Broom Estate in Whitecraigs, are opposed to housing developer McCarthy & Stone buying the bowling club land and building retirement properties, which they claim there is no justification for.

The present members of Whitecraigs Bowling Club say they are being forced to sell up due to the club running out of money, however, a challenge to this argument was made by one resident who claims they closed the waiting lists four years ago, therefore it was a foregone conclusion they would run into financial difficulties.

One resident, Jack Irvine, whose property looks onto the club, said: “Now for a sackful of English gold the selfish members intend to fill their boots.”

The multi-million pound deal, if the Land Tribunal agree to change the terms of certain title conditions under ancient long-standing feudal laws, is set to net the remaining club members a substantial sum of money.

McCarthy & Stone had already applied to the Lands Tribunal for removal of these conditions but after legal opposition instructed by two other residents, they have now withdrawn their application and will focus on the grant of planning permission first.

Another resident who lives opposite the club said: “The development of a large retirement complex with all the associated traffic at the already heavily congested and indeed dangerous junction where Ayr Road, Broom Road and Sandringham Ave converge, all within a stone’s throw of a school, beggars belief.”

A spokesperson for McCarthy & Stone said: “We are consulting local people about a proposal to develop retirement apartments at the site of Whitecraigs Bowling Club, following a decision by the club over its future viability and potential closure.

“The consultation process, including a public exhibition later this month, will allow us to consider community feedback before submitting a planning application to the local council. The feedback will also be useful in helping us to address some of the issues raised from an earlier Lands Tribunal.”