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You should be aware that Brentwood Borough Council will be going to take part of the parking area at the lodge for the next two seasons, at least, due to the Cross Rail Project.

They require a minimum of twelve spaces, from 6.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, for people working in the Burrows Building who have lost their spaces in the Friars Ave Car Park.   These people pay for a season ticket for parking at a rate in excess of £1000.00/annum.

The parking restrictions will start in June and the car park will be managed by parking wardens.  It will therefore be essential that all members of the Club display their parking permit or they will be fined.  We have asked for parking permits for social members and visitors from other clubs and are awaiting a reply. The only alternative parking is in Poplars Drive which does have parking restrictions but only from 10.00am to 11.00am Monday to Friday.

Although the parking will not be restricted on the weekend it will affect games throughout the week.  This will obviously reflect on the Club as a whole and we would like members to contact their councillor and/or the Gazette either by phone, letter or e-mail and suggest that due to all the inconvenience that a reduction in the season ticket cost to Club Members should be considered by the Council.

Also members of the Club are encouraged to object to the Parking Order which is displayed on the gate to the green and the tree near the Lodge. Replies to the Council are required by 24th April.

Dress Code

Dress code has been changed following the a vote at the A G M, to play in leagues, Friendly's and most club completion’s you will need a club polo shirt

Contact Mike Murphy to order yours 01277 231500

See full details of dress code from this link


Many congratulations to our Basildon "A" Team on gaining promotion from Division 3 to Division 2 of the Basildon and District Association League with a match to spare. It is 6 years since we last gained promotion in this League and a great achievement for Hutton Poplars in our 25th anniversary year after losing a number of players due to injury.

Well done to Ken Kemish and the members of the squad.

Mr M C Murphy

(Secretary Hutton Poplars Bowling Club)

103 Chelmsford Road



CM15 8QP


Date:  31st August 2017


Dear Mr Murphy

Re: Hutton Poplars Bowling Club

I refer to your correspondence of 23rd of August 2017 and our meetings and discussions with officers, prior to that time.
As stated at our meeting, I personally wanted to review both the decision to give the Club notice to vacate Hutton Poplars Lodge, along with the proposals for alternative uses of the building.

I have now had the opportunity to carry out an extensive review and wanted to update you on the position.
As stated in our meetings, you will be aware of the intense financial pressures that local government is under, and Brentwood Borough Council is no exception to these pressures. However, I am also aware of the need to balance the provision of the statutory services with a commitment to the community and it is on that basis that I have reviewed the matter.
The reason for the original notice being provided to you is varied, and I can see that the officers were exercising a duty in relation to the stewardship of assets under the council's control, utilising the powers of delegated authority they have.

However, having looked at the proposals for alternative uses of the building, I am not satisfied that they would be acceptable.
Therefore, it is my intention to take the proposals no further, so there will be no need for the Club to vacate the building.

In terms of formalising this arrangement, on the 19th September, I will be making a clear recommendation, to the Policy Projects and Resources (PPR) committee that the Council enters into a formal arrangement with the Hutton Poplars Bowling Club. This will be enabled by a 10 year lease agreement, which will provide security for you and which will bring the Club in to line with other organisations that are operating from Council owned assets.

The constitution of the Council means that as such a lease agreement will be at less than market value, I cannot make this decision on my own, but will need the support and agreement of the aforementioned committee. This is a standard procedure, which covers such arrangements with voluntary/associations such as the Hutton Poplars Bowling Club.
Should the PPR committee agree this recommendation, we will indeed be entering into a new lease arrangement with the Hutton Poplars Bowling Club and officers will invite you in for discussion regarding the terms and conditions of the lease.

I trust you find the above satisfactory and wish you the best for the future.

Yours sincerely

Louise McKinlay

Leader of Brentwood Council