Hopes for bowling centre are dashed

The new owners of the indoor bowling centre in Minnigaff will not be keeping it open for bowling.

A letter to Dumfries and Galloway Council planners, dated September 13, from solicitors Gillespie, Gifford & Brown on behalf of Alpha Insight Global Limited, the purchaser, states: “The premises are to be used for storage” and “the storage is intended to be of motor vehicles”.

A further letter dated 
October 24 from estate agents G M Thomson & Co to the planning department adds: “The owner of the building intends to use the existing bowling hall to be a storage facility for his own use so movements will be minimal. The remainder of the building will be turned over for community use by various groups.”

Alistair Gowan for GM Thomson & Co told the Gazette that the new owners had “a local representative based in the area” although Alpha Insight Global Limited is not listed at Companies House. He added that they were open to suggestions from community groups as how best the rest of the centre could benefit them.

Mr Gowan said: “It’s really about what the community need. Although the main area 
will be used by the owner to store his private collection of vehicles, there is a facility for serving coffee and tea and space for holding meetings or perhaps for a creche. We would like to hear the thoughts of different groups.”

Earlier this year, the Newton Stewart Community Indoor Bowling Club tried to raise the cash to buy the building to save around 200 bowlers in Galloway having to make a round trip trip to Ayr to play. On Wednesday, their president Alistair McMillan, said the fight would go on. “We are very disappointed how it has turned out. We plan to object to the proposals to see if we can keep it going for bowling.”

Last year, Newton Stewart businessman Chris Cadman Goodwin, a director of Alpha Max Systems Limited, tried to buy the bowling centre for storage and office space but the purchase fell through. When asked by The Galloway Gazette if he was behind 
Alpha Insight Global Limited, Mr Cadman Goodwin replied: “Nothing to do with me.”