Rickmansworth Bowls Club has been a mainstay of the community for 116 years, but now faces a big challenge to stay open after the council have proposed to increase the cost of using the green from £4,500 to £20,000.
The club has a loyal membership base, and particularly attracts the older demographic, but they may now face losing the historic club.
There have been claims from the club and individual councillors, that Three Rivers District Council are not being co-operative during the discussions, and stalling in supplying accurate new figures to determine whether a new agreement can be reached
Speaking to RickyNews, club secretary Nick Bessant has told us how frustrating the situation is.
He said: “There’s a good chance we’ll have to fold, how can we possibly agree to a new lease if we don’t know the fees. Members at the club feel this is a vindicative vendetta against the club.
“The council say they want to promote sport and a healthy lifestyle, we have members in their nineties in this club who would lose their main social activity if we were to fold. The repercussions of it would be devastating.”