‘We’re still here!’ Management company makes plea for residents to support bowling alley

Strikes Bowling Alley, Ely, remains open (l-r) Technician Adam Croucher, and Manager Annabel Keeble,

Strikes Bowling Alley, Ely, remains open (l-r) Technician Adam Croucher, and Manager Annabel Keeble, - Credit: Archant

A management company which has taken over Strikes Bowling Alley in Ely insists the lanes are still very much open for business.

EB Management took over the running of the alley and adjoining Planet Zoom play facility at the start of the month – despite an ongoing plan by Cambridgeshire County Council to turn the facility into the county’s new archives.

But Matt Barnwell, a director of Independent Hospitality Solutions, said the county council’s plans were still some way off and said the lanes would be open for the “foreseeable future”.

He said: “There is a whole new management team who are working on some of the issues that have been raised and we are redecorating where we can.

“We have one of the biggest venues in Ely that is sitting here and is not being used and we would like to work with the people and let them know that we are here, open for business and happy to help.”

The alley has 15 full and part-time staff and Mr Barnwell said he is welcoming applications for temporary summer jobs.

He added: “We are still here, we are still open and, at the moment, we have had no message to tell us otherwise.”

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It was announced in March by the county council that Strikes Bowling Alley was to close and the building taken over by Cambridgeshire Archives.

The county council has unveiled plans that will see thousands of documents and records, some dating back to the 13th century, will be housed in the bowling alley, in Angel Drove.

The council had been working to secure new premises for the archives, following an inspection which found that the current archives accommodation in Shire Hall, Cambridge, was no longer fit for purpose.

The council submitted a planning application for the new archives in April.

Plans for the site include bringing together the archives from Shire Hall with many of the resources of the Cambridgeshire Collection, currently held in Cambridge Central Library, so that researchers can access all these historical treasures under one roof.