Efforts to save Mount Florida Bowling Club moves foward

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A community’s efforts to save a bowling club on the south side from being turned into homes has taken a step forward.

Mount Florida Community Trust has submitted a planning application to Glasgow City Council, requesting permission to turn Mount Florida Bowling Club into a sports facility, with a garden.

The plan would see the club used for a variety of activities, including tennis, bowling and a children’s play area.

It comes as part of a campaign to preserve “the only greenspace at the heart of Mount Florida” after the bowling club indicated it intended to sell the land for property development.

“Our plan is to repurpose the existing bowling club and reduce this to one green for bowling and develop the other green for tennis and community use,” the application states.

The clubhouse would be rented out for functions as well as providing changing rooms for the tennis and bowling clubs.

The Trust intends to make an application to the Scottish Land Fund to potentially take initial ownership of the land and buildings.

“We intend to pursue a buy option from the members of the bowling club thus ensuring the long standing history of forming part of the neighbourhood’s amenity is preserved for all generations to enjoy,” a planning report states.

“The opportunities for the community are endless. We have also been in consultation with Mount Florida Primary School who have shown a keen interest in working with us to give the school a green safe place for the children to play.

“The bar area we would like to retain for functions and possibly other occasions as a revenue stream, not necessarily for football days at Hampden but this is a possible revenue stream, if adequately managed with the surrounding community.”

The plan states the clubhouse could also be used by local clubs, such as art, dance and Yoga classes.