Bowling lights are “blinding”

Clayton-le-Woods Community Bowling Club on Back Lane in Clayton-le-Woods which has applied for permission to extend the dates floodlights can be used
Clayton-le-Woods Community Bowling Club on Back Lane in Clayton-le-Woods which has applied for permission to extend the dates floodlights can be used

Bowlers hope they will not be left in the dark after a neighbour complained she was dazzled by their floodlights.

Clayton-le-Woods Community Bowling Club, off Back Lane, wants to turn on the lights for an extra six weeks each year to enable them to play games in the dark.

They submitted a planning application to Chorley Council and a decision will be made today.

But a woman living in nearby Lords Croft has written a letter of objection, claiming the lights are in her direct line of vision and she cannot stand at the kitchen sink because she is “blinded” by them.

Her letter also said the lights stream into the bedroom and that she cannot sit in the garden when they are on.

A petition signed by 32 members of the bowling club has also been sent to the council and the plan has the support of Clayton-le-Woods Parish Council.

Council officers have recommended the planning application is approved.

Ron Gates, club treasurer, said the lights are being pointed downwards and a hood would be fitted to reduce the impact on neighbours.

He added: “There are 20 or so bowling greens in the district of Chorley and the vast majority have got floodlights.

“This will give us the opportunity to make sure that league matches against other clubs don’t have to be finished before it goes dark.”

The club can currently use the lights between 5pm and 10pm in the last two weeks of March, first two weeks of April and in September.

They also want to use them for the whole of April, the first two weeks in May and the last two weeks of August.