A senior councillor has said there may only be ‘one solution’ to the loss of two facilities for indoor bowls in Kirklees.

And Clr Peter O’Neill , the man charged with finding answers to questions posed by angry bowlers, insisted the sportsmen and women may have to get involved.

He said there would not be scope to have facilities in both south and north Kirklees.

Huddersfield bowlers are set to lose a place to play indoor bowls when the current sports centre closes and a new one opens next year.

Hundreds use the rinks at the existing Huddersfield Sports Centre but they were told in August there will be no facility at the new £35m Leisure Centre taking shape in Springwood.

And it was revealed this week that replacement facilities for Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre in Cleckheaton will not include indoor bowls either.

The news has led to bowlers asking where they can play each week once both centres close.


They are planning a meeting in the next few days with councillors and officials.

Clr O’Neill said: “I meet with officers every week and we are pursing avenues that may provide a solution for both Huddersfield and Whitcliffe Mount bowlers.

“There’s likely to be only one solution for both groups given our financial constrains, cuts of £152m by the coalition government, therefore it’s important for the bowlers themselves to play their part and collaborate in finding a solution.

“We need to work in partnership.”

He added that there will be short mat bowls available in the new leisure centre, which he said was “suitable for most bowlers”.

Clr Cahal Burke, Lindley Lib Dem, had asked for an update from the council, adding: “You gave commitment to the bowlers on many occasions and some of them think you’re not sticking to that now.”

The hundreds of bowlers will now pin their hopes on talks with Kirklees Council about some future provision.

One idea that has been mooted is to look at some provision in the “Dome” at Leeds Road playing fields, which currently houses crown green bowling.