THE man responsible for looking after bowling greens in Hyndburn has denied some pitches are better looked after than others.

Coun Ken Moss spoke out after bowlers from Rhyddings Park complained they are being treated like ‘second class citizens’ and that their green is below par compared to others in the borough.

Retired driver, Tom Smith, 76, said the grass ‘is almost impossible to play on because it isn’t cut often enough.’ The Frederick Street resident said: “Other greens are looked after better than ours. I have bowled here more than 40 years and it used to be one of the best, but it’s declined over the last five or six years.

“We are entitled to the same facilities as elsewhere.”

But Coun Moss, who is the portfolio holder for education, leisure and arts, said: “I will raise the complaint with the parks department, but no bowling greens are given preferential treatment.

“I can assure you every bowling green gets cut to the same standard.”

Oswaldtwistle councillor Peter Britcliffe complained about the green.