I was invited to my second meeting of Hundens Bowls Club this morning, in my capacity of Cabinet Member for Health and Leisure, to review progress regarding the keeping of the greens.
I first went back in the summer, when there was a lot of dissatisfaction from bowlers regarding various matters, including the state of the greens and the problems the various clubs around the town were having in attracting new members, and so ensuring that the sport does not die out.
A lot of the concern was directed at the way in which StreetScene had been rolled out in the parks, which it was felt had reduced the skilled attention required by bowls players. Today's meeting had a much more positive feel to it, with bowls players from around the town confirming that StreetScene managers now had a good grasp of the needs of the greens, and were listening closely to club members. There are still a number of points which I need to follow-up, however.
I promised to return at the start of next year's season, a critical time as far as green maintenance is concerned, to review developments once more.