09 May 2023

Unanimous support for community asset transfer to Fraserburgh West End Bowling Club

Fraserburgh West End Bowling Club has been successful in a community asset transfer of its outdoor bowling green and surrounding land.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Banff and Buchan Area Committee approved a 99-year lease at £1 per annum when it met on Tuesday (May 2).

Councils must agree community asset transfer requests unless there are reasonable grounds for refusal and councillors heard both the bowling club’s application and clear, robust business plan offered a strong basis for approval of the transfer.

Founded in 1925, the constituted, not for profit club operates a bowling green and clubhouse at the Union Grove annually from April to September.

With a strong membership of around 50 and offering all ages an opportunity to participate in the sport, the club took over maintenance of the grounds from Aberdeenshire Council in March 2020 and has significantly improved the playing surface.

Councillors heard that the club’s aim is to continue with the good work and investment already undertaken at the bowling green and to safeguard its future for the current membership and the wider community as a place to meet, socialise and enjoy the outdoor activity of lawn green bowls.

Committee chair Cllr Doreen Mair said afterwards: “I would like to commend the West End Bowling Club for maintaining this asset over the years having improved the buildings, the bowling green and the surrounding grounds. The club has done an excellent job in preparing such a strong asset transfer application which was unanimously supported by committee and being such a pro-active organisation I have every confidence it will continue its excellent work in our community. I wish the club all the very best for the future and its forthcoming centenary celebrations.”

Club secretary Steven Simpson said: “We are delighted to have been successful in our asset transfer of this land which will enable us to grow and develop in the future. We will continue with the work and support we provide ensuring that members and users do not suffer from social isolation and ensure that they always feel part of our bowling community.

“By encouraging people to play lawn green bowls and enjoy the social aspect that the club house facility brings, we will help them become more active and support them maintain and improve their mental and physical health.”