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Council meeting will discuss proposed bowls and Pudsey Park cuts

The Outer West Community Committee are holding a specially arranged meeting to discuss cuts surrounding outdoor bowls and visitor facilities at Pudsey Park.

The committee is made up of councillors from three wards – Pudsey, Calverley & Farsley and Farnley & Wortley – and is inviting contributions from the public.

The meeting – on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 10am – will include the usual open forum at the start, before moving onto specific agenda items.

As the meeting will be held virtually because of the Coronavirus pandemic it can be viewed online here. Anyone wanting to contribute to the debate should contact the community committee by e-mailing communitycommitteefunding@leeds.gov.uk.

Earlier this week council chiefs launched two public consultations – one into the future of Pudsey Park’s visitor centre, the other into halving the number of local authority bowling greens in Leeds.

Under threat: West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre. © Copyright Betty Longbottom and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence

Cash-strapped Leeds City Council plans to axe the West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre in its current form and replace it with a cafe in Pudsey Park. Proposals also include the demolition of the glass house housing exotic plants next door and moving the popular play park to the former glass house site.

Have your say on the proposals online via https://surveys.leeds.gov.uk/s/FXQFS6/. The consultation closes on 14 December.

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Pudsey Park has a thriving bowling club. Photo: West Leeds Dispatch

Leeds City Council is also consulting on closing half of the city’s council-maintained bowling greens.

consultation document states that one of the proposals to help plug the authority’s projected £118m budget gap for next year is to close 50 percent of all public greens maintained by the council in order to save around £83,000 a year.

The council wants to reduce the number of bowling greens managed and maintained by them from 62 to 31. 

In West Leeds, greens can be found in Armley Park, Bramley Park, Stanningley Park, Calverley Victoria Park, Farsley Westroyd Park, New Farnley Park, New Wortley Recreation Ground, Western Flatts Park in Wortley, Burley Park, Pudsey Park and Tyersal Park.

The consultation over bowling clubs can be found here.

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