Dismay as Marina Centre decision is delayed for another four weeks

Great Yarmouth Indoor Bowls Sports & Social club which are based at the Marina Centre in Great Yarmo

Great Yarmouth Indoor Bowls Sports & Social club which are based at the Marina Centre in Great Yarmouth - Credit: ©EDP pics 2004 (01603) 772434

Frustration is mounting at two sporting clubs after a crucial decision on both their futures has again been delayed.

Retroskate and the Great Yarmouth Indoor Bowls Club, which are based at the seafront Marina Centre, were due to find out on Tuesday if they would be included in a re-modelled complex.

The bowls club was told in September to pack its bags as operators Sentinel unveiled their multi-million makeover plans for the 1980's built leisure hub, but has fiercely campaigned against the eviction.

Meanwhile, community interest company Retroskate was asked to prove its place by coming up with a business plan that would help the borough council to cut its £600,00 subsidy to zero in five years.

Now it is understood the powerful cabinet will discuss the options on February 10 - leaving the clubs in limbo for a further month.

Bowls chairman Helen Farrow said it meant the club had to enter all the leagues and pay the appropriate fees by the end of January, despite not knowing what was going to happen to their club, a social and sporting lifeline for older folk.

At Retroskate director Donna Wicks said continuing the uncertainty could further damage the club which was already suffering as a result of the threatened changes and rumours it was being turned into a car park.

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She feared that momentum stirred up when their campaign was at its height would be lost as they tried to raise awareness of their plight and the impact its closure would have on the skating community.

Mrs Wicks added: 'It has affected us massively and the ice rink has hit us this year too. We are in a council-owned building and we pay a massive amount of money, we need a decision. We are making plans regardless because whatever happens will take months. We have no other options, we are running a business and it's a community hub. We just hope we get a good result.'