It looks as though an Eastbourne bowling club is to shut, after it was decided the site would be put to better use as a medical centre.
Planners at the Borough Council looked into proposals for Victoria Drive Bowling Club in Old Town last night (13 December), and despite hearing from two objectors and a petition, signed by almost 500 people, chose to go in favour of the plans.
The committee, which voted 5-0 to pass the outline application with two councillors abstaining, believed the new medical centre would benefit thousands of people, with the potential relocation of the Green Street and Grove Road GP surgeries to the site. Dr Mike Gaffney from Green Street Clinic spoke out in support for the scheme.
Speaking after the decision, Brian Henty, Chairman of Victoria Drive Bowling Club said, “We’re all aware there is a need for a medical centre in the Old Town area. Unfortunately, our lease has come to an end, so everyone zeroed in on our ground rather than the developer giving us another lease. We are well aware that there are other opportunities to build this health centre, one of which is the abandoned church 200 yards up the road, which would be an even better site, because it’s out of the congested junction area. It seems planning officers are prepared to put a cross through green areas when it suits them.”
However, planners stated that with several other bowling clubs in Eastbourne, one wouldn’t be missed, but stressed there is a real need for more medical centres to be opened in the town.