Bowlers in Monifieth have received a last-minute reprieve from Angus Council over the future of their bowling green.
Members of Monifieth Bowling Club will continue to receive assistance from the council’s maintenance department to cut their grass for one more year at least.
The Tele told last month how OAPs who use the green were being asked to cut the green themselves in a bid to reduce costs.
However, the seafront club struck the new deal after meeting with council chiefs.
Delighted president of the club, Stewart Brown, said: “Following a meeting with Angus Council we are delighted to report that we have got an agreement from them that they will continue to cut our grass during the 2015 season, beginning in April.
“We are happy with this and at the moment prepared to take things one year at a time with the council.”
Members of the club had hit out when it was initially revealed that the council wanted them to carry out green maintenance work themselves. They said this was completely unrealistic as most of their members were pensioners.
An angry member said at the time: “Clearly we can’t do this ourselves as most of our members are in their 60s and we have two members who are over 90.”
The members also claimed it was a fairly skilled job and couldn’t be properly done by just anyone.
It is understood that Angus Council had been attempting to standardise services to clubs such as this one.
Monifieth Grange has had a five-year-lease with Angus Council that expires in April. The council has continued to cut the grass throughout this season which is due to come to a close at the end of September.
A council spokeswoman confirmed that officials had met with the club and agreed to renew its lease on an annual basis.
She added: “In the meantime we will work to reduce maintenance costs without it affecting the green. We can confirm that we recently met with the club to discuss how we and the club can work in partnership during the 2015 season.”