A REQUEST for floodlights to be provided at a cost of £40,000 for evening play at Omagh Bowling Green has been turned down by Fermanagh and Omagh Council.
Officials from the local club want the lights to be installed to facilitate the playing of matches in the evening during April, May, August and September.
The proposal has been forwarded by officials from the club after it moved into a new league. Members are currently taking part in the Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling League, the Border Counties League, as well as various Cups and other competitions.
The hope is that the installation of the floodlights would enable the club to fulfil late evening fixtures in fading light during four months of the year.
But the Regeneration and Community committee was due to recommend last night (Wednesday) that the plan is refused.
An estimated 24 games annually would require the floodlights, but the council says that the installation of them would mean a considerable
increase in Omagh Bowling Club’s running costs.
The council also says that it is already subsidising bowling ‘considerably,’ with £16,000 annually to maintain the facilities with an income of £750 per year.
“Given the current income from bowling and the limited number of times that the floodlighting would be used, it is not possible to make a
business case on an economic basis,” the council report continues.
“In June 2016, the council received a request from the bowling club to provide lighting at the bowling green. However, it was agreed not to
progress the request as the overall cost of providing and maintaining floodlights outweighed the benefits of the short extension of the season.”
The report also states that any joint arrangement between the council and the bowling club would mean what is describes as a ‘considerable
increase’ in the club’s running costs.