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Slashing support for Bowling Clubs is misguided – William Powell AM

November 26, 2012 2:54 PM

Plans currently being worked up by Powys County Councils to slash its support for Bowling Clubs in Mid & South Powys have been described as 'misguided and a seriously false economy' by William Powell, Chair of National Assembly for Wales' Cross Party Group on Sport.

William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales and County Councillor for Talgarth was speaking in support of Liberal Democrat Council Group Leader, Cllr John Morris, who has roundly condemned the proposals.

Cllr John Morris, a qualified sports & leisure tutor himself, urged the Cabinet to rethink its proposals:

"What is deeply alarming in these proposals is that there are no costings indicating the impact on the Adult Social Care budget, if Bowling Greens such as those in Crickhowell, Talgarth & Ystradgynlais were to close and older people thus not benefit from the physical & social well-being currently on offer."

Cllr William Powell strongly endorsed this view, voicing concerns that the proposed funding regime could signal the end for several bowling clubs in the County.

"While Clubs have increasingly been reaching out to younger bowlers & the social disadvantaged, the majority of stalwarts count amongst the older members of the sporting community who benefit from the aspects of physical and social well-being on offer."

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Group in County Hall is united in challenging the logic of Powys County Council's Cabinet. They're recommending the rejection of the proposal and maintenance of support at current levels.