MOUNT Florida Community Trust has gained the backing of residents with over 600 objections lodged in a fight against the closure of the area's local bowling club.

The group counted 608 objections against 121 votes in support of the South Side bowling club being pulled down to make way for new build flats.

Chris Bryant, Director and Chair of Mount Florida Community Trust, said: "From putting leaflets through doors and around shops, to posting on social media, to building up the website, we've been able to reach more people than we ever thought we could.

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"We've even had support from external bowling clubs and from those throughout the country in a similar position."

Following a vote by Mount Florida bowling Club members in 2018, it was decided that the club will close with a plan submitted for the site to be taken over by Noah Managements and Developments Ltd. 

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"We have obviously managed to engage to a level that we're happy with, but we still feel like there is a lot more of engagement needed.

"The planning meeting isn't until next month and we don't want people forgetting about the cause so we still want them to be aware of what's going on."

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The planning committeemeetare looking to meet next month to discuss plans for the site, which will either see the land given to the developers to create new flats on the site, or to Mount Florida Community Trust, who plan on using the facility as a sports facility.

Chris said: "This facility, if we get the possibility of it becoming a community facility, will benefit around 60 to 70 per cent of the community - you're looking at three or four thousand people seeing the benefit of this space."