What Next for Bowling Green?
The former bowling green and clubhouse in Alexandra Park, which was home to the Alexandra club for well over a century (and, in recent years, to Clive Vale bowls club too) is up for rental from Hastings Borough Council.
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic the council had already resolved to cease paying for the upkeep of the green in its 2020/21 budget. It has been maintained by the park contractors Idverde over the past two summers as a standard grass area. However, in recent weeks the council has undertaken a low profile promotion asking for ‘expressions of interest’ to be submitted by commercial or community concerns who may put forward alternative uses. These should come within the general F2 Local Community use introduced by the Business & Planning Act 2020, which entails recreational and sporting use or the supply of “essential” goods; otherwise planning permission for a change would be required.
CREDIT: Felix Sullivan
The single storey clubhouse offers a large main room, kitchen and changing room below a pitched roof and attractive clock tower. The commercial viability of the site appears clearly diminished by a stipulation that there is to be no public provision of tea, coffee, soft drinks, ice creams or light snacks, which would compete with a kiosk already rented out at one end.
According to the council estates office, there have been two ‘expressions of interest’ received, but it would not comment on the nature of them as they are “commercially sensitive”.
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