Rickmansworth Bowls Club has been the subject of controversy recently after Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) proposed to increase the cost of using the green from £4,500 per annum, to £20,000.
As reported in the last issue of RickyNews, club secretary Nick Bessent told us how the bowls club were now in danger of having to fold as results and the repercussions on their loyal membership base would be devastating.
Since last month’s issue, a spokesperson for TRDC said: “Each club (Rickmansworth and Mill End bowls clubs) has been paying a modest annual rental and the council has been paying for repairs, general maintenance, grounds maintenance, upkeep and utilities.
“The council costs in keeping the clubs and premises running has increased considerably over the years while the rental has remained static to the extent that the council costs now considerably exceed the rental received.
“The membership of the clubs is fairly modest and the council’s costs shortfall represents a considerable per member subsidy.”
Councillor Matthew Bedford, lead member for resources, said: “The council is keen to work with the clubs to find a way forwards that enables them to continue to operate and provide benefits to the local community, while at the same time, making sure the cost to taxpayers is affordable, more open and transparent.”
To see the full statement, head to threerivers.gov.uk/news/statement-concerning-bowls-clubs-in-three-rivers.