HUNDREDS have signed a petition to save a popular bowling site from being demolished.
Canada Life is drawing up plans to turn the Tenpin bowling alley in Auckland Road, Millbrook into a builder’s merchant.
Concerned families and councillors have already spoken out against the plans and now, hundreds of people have signed a petition in a bid to keep the facility open.
Set up by Amanda Baker on Change.org, the petition states that Tenpin is the “only place left” in the area for children to go that is “cheap and affordable”.
So far, 224 people have signed it.
The description for the petition says: “Tenpin has been open since the early 90’s and many many many families have had the enjoyment of going to tenpin to have a great family day/night out.
“Tenpin is great for all ages of children and adults and to think they want to demolish it just to put a builder merchant there is shocking.
“Some families can’t afford to use other bowling ally’s like Hollywood bowl. This could be because the prices aren’t affordable for them or they can’t get to those place due to not being able to drive.
“The majority of people in Millbrook don’t drive and would walk to tenpin as it’s to close to the housing estates.
“This is just to upsetting to see that they want to take it away from children and families.”
No planning application has been submitted to the city council as yet but developers have applied for building control during the demolition.
If approved, the proposals state that the new builder’s merchant would be used by Travis Perkins.
It comes as construction of a new Aldi store is currently underway just opposite the site.
Amanda adds in the petition: “I have used tenpin with my family and also have also been there for birthday party.
“Please help us by signing this petition to stop the plains for the demolition and to be used as a builder merchant so we can keep the one thing that the children of Millbrook and other areas have got left.
“If this goes ahead, what has the children got left? There is absolutely nothing left for them to do or to have fun with their friends.
“Please please please let’s stop Southampton City Council from making a big mistake and taking away the only thing that is left for families and children. Let’s keep tenpin!!”
Comments that have been left by signatories state that there are “too few sports and leisure facilities” in that area with many explaining how their children often go to the Tenpin alley.
The site also currently includes a bar, pool, and Laser Quest.
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