Allander Indoor bowlers vent their anger at ballot box

BEARSDEN, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 12: Volunteers observe the ballot count from the UK general election in East Dunbartonshire on December 12, 2019 in Bearsden, Scotland. East Dunbartonshire is the seat held by Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson. Current Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the first UK winter election for nearly a century in an attempt to gain a majority to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit.  The election results from across the country are being counted overnight and an overall result is expected in the early hours of Friday morning. (Photo by David Cheskin/Getty Images)
BEARSDEN, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 12: Volunteers observe the ballot count from the UK general election in East Dunbartonshire on December 12, 2019 in Bearsden, Scotland. East Dunbartonshire is the seat held by Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson. Current Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the first UK winter election for nearly a century in an attempt to gain a majority to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit. The election results from across the country are being counted overnight and an overall result is expected in the early hours of Friday morning. (Photo by David Cheskin/Getty Images)

Bearsden indoor bowlers and their supporters vented their anger at last week’s general election over their eviction by the Lib Dem/Tory controlled East Dunbartonshire Council.

Members of the 300-plus 
Allander Indoor Bowling Club turned their backs on Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson at the 
ballot box.

Honorary President John Harvey said: “As predicted Jo Swinson loses her seat, as a consequence of decisions taken by the local Lib Dem councillors”.

He added: “Roll on the local elections”.

Club secretary Sandy Torrie told the Herald: “As a club we did as much as we could to try to reverse the decision of the East Dunbarton Council”.

This included a petition to the council signed by more than 2,300 supporters.

In September, Lib Dem/Tory administration voted against including the indoor bowling hall in the replacement £33 million Allander Leisure Centre, despite an original pledge that it would remain.

This has left bowlers with nowhere to go. They accused the council of “stringing them along” with a promise of “like for like” facilities.

The club’s 300-plus members and their supporters were furious when office bearers relayed “the responsibility of Lib Dem councillors” in voting against the indoor hall.

A club official said this 
local decision played a part in Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson’s defeat. She lost by just 149 votes.

In response, Joint Council leader Vaughan Moody (Bearsden South) said: “I am happy along with my fellow councillors in the Lib Dem/Conservative Administration to bring forward the building of a new Allander which will replace the present one in two 
years.

“The bowling club membership has dropped from over 700 in 2005 to 300 now. The new Allander should last at least 50 years. Your readers can draw their own conclusion as to why the bowling club hall was not included in the new building.”