Moves to class an indoor bowls club site in New Earswick as a community asset have been discussed at the city’s latest Community Conversation meeting in Huntington and New Earswick ward.
The club is concerned that the site is protected against future redevelopment and following public discussion of the issue with council leader Coun. James Alexander and deputy leader, Coun. Tracey Simpson-Laing at the meeting earlier this month, the council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance, Coun. Dafydd Williams, has invited club officials to apply for community asset status.
“Any type of building or venue that serves a purpose in its community can apply for community asset status to seek retention of that building for community use. There is a set of criteria against which any application would be judged but if the bowls club site continues to hold value to the local community then I would urge the club to apply”.
The council has a legal obligation to comply with the Localism Act 2011, which provides for the registration of community assets, while the Assets of Community Value (England) Regulations 2012 require councils to maintain a register of assets of community value situated within their area.
Recent applications include the Fox pub in Holgate ward and The Mitre in Skelton, Rawcliffe and Clifton Without ward.