Clubs step in to save under-threat greens

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A South Yorkshire sports stadium and four bowling greens which were threatened with closure have been saved.

However, one bowling green is to close.

Rotherham Council announced the possible closure of Herringthorpe Stadium and five bowling greens because of budget cuts in February and put the plans out to public consultation.

Four of the bowling greens – Valley Park, Barkers Park, Greasbrough Park and Maltby Coronation Park – have been saved after bowling clubs and Maltby Town Council agreed to maintain the greens.

However, no-one came forward to take over the bowling green in Bradgate Park, which will close.

Herringthorpe Stadium is to remain open – at times of peak demand – for a 12-month trial period.

Coun Amy Rushforth, Rotherham Council cabinet member for culture and tourism, who approved the plans, said: “I am delighted these bowling greens and the stadium will continue to be available for people to enjoy.

“These are difficult times, but this shows what can be achieved when people rise to the challenges presented by budget reductions.”