Bowls club celebrates its £30,000 upgrade

Dukes Park Bowls Club preidsent Gordon Scorrah, secretary Ray Wardill and Alan Bambrook, club captain.
Dukes Park Bowls Club preidsent Gordon Scorrah, secretary Ray Wardill and Alan Bambrook, club captain.

Dukes Park Bowling Club is celebrating after receiving £30,000 towards the cost of major improvements to its club house and bowling green.

The money has been handed over by council developers, who have built a new housing estate on the north side of the town.

Coun Andy Burton, portfolio holder for planning, highways and transportationat East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “After 90 years of use, the club’s premises were clearly in need of a major upgrade and modernisation.

“The works funded by the commuted sum included the erection of an undercover area for members and the public to shelter in, and a range of improvements to the clubhouse.

“The green itself now has green edge boards and the banking around the perimeters has been improved.

“In addition, a much needed brick-built building has been constructed to store the machinery and tools.”

East Riding of Yorkshire Council requires developers to provide outdoor playing space as part of all new substantial residential developments.

This space should be available for sport, recreation or children’s play, must be of a suitable size and nature for its intended purpose, and must be safely accessible and available to the general public.

When a developer cannot provide this within the development itself, a sum of money known as a commuted sum may be paid in lieu of this.

The commuted sum must be used for specific purposes and is held by the council until an appropriate project is identified.

In this case, the £30,000 has been generated from the housing development on Nostell Way in the town, built by the council itself.