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Indoor Bowls Club (LLE6)

Core Offer

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This core offer includes services that the council is legally obliged to provide. The link below provides detailed information about what is included.

Link: LLE6 - Indoor Bowls Club



Keywords: voluntary sector VCS

Related FAQs

What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

We fully support the work of our voluntary sector partners and hope to continue to work with them in the future. However, the financial situation is such that the Council is not able to continue funding these organisations at current levels. The likely impact of the budget proposals on these organisations is currently being identified, following discussions with the organisations most affected. We hope that they are able to continue their work by looking at where they can make further cost and efficiency savings, but we appreciate that in some cases this may not be possible and it will therefore mean a reduction in the support they can offer to the residents of Darlington.  It could lead to the closure of organisations if they are unable to make the necessary changes for them to be sustainable, which will be very regrettable. We want to avoid this happening and we will support organisations making grant applications where we can. We will also be undertaking work to understand the impact of any reductions in service on individuals accessing them. 

Why are we funding the Indoor Bowls Club?

Why are we funding the Indoor Bowls Club?

There are around 300 members of the bowls club, most of them elderly. It's a very valuable service that helps keep them active and prevents isolation. The Council part funds the Bowls Club as a result of a long standing contractual arrangement with Morrisons that dates back to the opening of the supermarket when Morrisons built the bowling facility.
The Council has the primary lease with Morrisons and we sub-lease to the Bowls Club to which we give some financial support and the club pays the rest.
The agreement dates back to 1981 and the former local borough council, and runs until 31 May 2041. We have worked with the club over a number of years to assist it in reducing its costs with some success, but it could not be reduced further. If the club closed, the Council would be liable for the full costs of the lease. 

Your Say

1 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal


Core LLE6 (Indoor Bowls Club)
Core LLE2 (Libraries Service)

This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: Can you justify the 60 year PFI agreement with the bowls clubs at Morrisons? That money would be better spent keeping The Bridge or the library open. It seems that the Council is wasting money. What about the Head of Steam which has very few visitors? Surely that money should be spent on the library where the footfall is much higher?

A: The bowls club is not a PFI agreement. The £25,000 a year gives 300 people, many of whom are elderly, a hobby and friendship and I think it is very good value. The agreement was reached 25 years ago when the supermarket was built and when the decision was made not one voice objected.