Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has called on Brighton & Hove City Council to help save the annual Hove Open Bowls Tournament, which is under threat as a result of bowling green closures.
Mike has written to Penny Thompson CBE, Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove City Council, to requests that something is done to help save the tournament, which is held every July. Bowls clubs in Brighton & Hove have a long history, stemming from the end of the 19th Century.
In a letter to Chief Executive, Penny Thompson, Mike said: It has been brought to my attention that the annual tournament which is held in July is under threat, as plans for its venue are not yet in place. I understand that organisers are worried that Brighton & Hove City Council may not act in time, which could result in the tournament having to be cancelled. I should be extremely grateful if you would look into this matter, as I hope that council officers, in conjunction with local bowls clubs, will be able to come up with a way to ensure that this important tournament can continue.
Commenting, Mike said: Bowls in Hove have a proud and long history. It would be a great shame if this historic tournament was unable to take place, so I have written to the Chief Executive of the council to highlight the importance of finding a workable solution. I hope that council officials can come up with a fix in time to save this important tournament.