Negotiations are making good progress over a fight against plans for a Leamington park to be used for caravans to park during bowls events each summer.
Warwick District councillors have voted to further investigate the necessity to set aside a large chunk of Victoria Park for the parking of cars and caravans during national bowls championships for 36 days during the summer from next year.
At the full council meeting at Leamington Town Hall last Thursday, the campaign group Friends of Victoria Park handed in a 1,500-signature petition against the plan.
District councillor Bill Gifford, who represents the Milverton area, sponsored and introduced the petition. Speaking at the meeting, he said: The petition is about cars in a park. The Friends of Victoria Park are in favour of Bowls England. They just want to see cars moved out of the park. The two things are not incompatible.”
David Adams of the Friends group said: “It is one thing to expect park users to tolerate car parking on the park for two weeks of the year, as happens currently, and quite another to tolerate cars and caravans across the whole of the school holiday.”
Councillors voted for the petition be passed onto the council’s executive committee for further discussion.
Bridget Rendell of the Friends said afterwards: “We are grateful to the council for taking this encouraging step. The positive vote formalises the work that is now underway to investigate alternative sites for car parking.”