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Huddersfield's £35m sports centre will have indoor bowls - if it's in the budget

Uncertainty over indoor bowling provision three years after bowlers' bid for facilities

Indoor bowls facilities are still in Huddersfield’s £35m sports centre plans - but only if the budget is agreed.

Speculation was raised about indoor bowls provision at a council meeting.

Clr Cahal Burke, Lindley Lib Dem, asked Cabinet members if the new £35m sports centre at Springwood will still feature a dedicated indoor bowls facility when it opens.

Clr Jean Calvert, Cabinet member for communities, said: “Cabinet made a decision for a facilities mix within the new Huddersfield leisure centre and that mix still forms part of the overall design and officers are working to that decision.”


The Examiner asked Kirklees Council if indoor bowls remained part of the offer and a spokeswoman replied: “Yes at the moment, but this is pending final council budgets being agreed.”

Clr Burke said afterwards: “Residents are concerned that there will not be following discussions with Kirklees Active Leisure.”

Such a move to exclude bowls provision proved controversial in 2011 when Kirklees Council tried to cut facilities to save £1m.

Bowlers mounted a campaign - with a petition signed by more than 1,000 people. Kirklees Council eventually agreed to include indoor bowling.

They have also provided an indoor bowls facility at the Leeds Road playing fields complex.

The current sports centre on Southgate will be demolished to make way for a new Tesco, with the £35m replacement sport centre currently being built on the of the Spring Grove car park.

Work on the Springwood site is well under way - click on the gallery at the top of the page to see shots of the building being constructed.

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