Bowlers fail in legal bid to stop sale of club and green

Blakes Albion Bowling Club
Blakes Albion Bowling Club

Members of a troubled bowling club have failed in their bid to gain access to the green so that they can continue to play in the West Yorkshire league.

The latest twist in the long-running saga dispute between the committee of Blakeborough Social and Sports Club in Brighouse and members of Blakes Albion Bowling Club was a court hearing in Leeds last week.

An application was made to Leeds Chancery Court for an interim mandatory injunction to allow bowling club members access to the premises. The clubhouse stands locked and bowling members are unable to gain access to it.

The dispute has its origins in a decision by the committee of the main club in 2008 to sell the bowling club to help pay its mounting debts.

But bowling club members have been contesting the decision to sell and the dispute has rumbled on for many months.

Robert Armstead, who spoke for 11 named claimants, told Recorder Jonathan Klein that the decision was not in the best interests of the social club and should be revoked.

He said the lack of maintenance to the green and pavilion could cost between £5,000 and £10,000 to put right.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse), who has been attempting to mediate and was at the court hearing, said the judge, at the end of the hearing, decided that the committee of the main club had acted within the rule book when it decided to sell the bowling club.

Coun Stout said: “There has been a bowling club on the site since 1893 and it is still in jeopardy. Members are desperate to get access to the green so that they can carry on in the West Yorkshire league. But at the end of the day the judge came down in favour of the main club’s committee decision. It is my understanding that the bowling club can now apply to have it designated a community asset.”