Oakwood Theme Park has no immediate plans for the former Canaston Bowl site which has fallen into disrepair

Western Telegraph: No immediate plans for attraction turned eyesore No immediate plans for attraction turned eyesore

THERE are no immediate plans to re-open a once loved indoor Pembrokeshire attraction that has fallen into an alarming state of disrepair.

In its heyday Canaston Bowl was a thriving bowling alley and home to the popular Crystal Maze game.

A generation of Pembrokeshire people will remember the attraction as a venue for birthday parties and school trips.

But the building, which is owned by Oakwood Theme Park, has fallen into state of disrepair since closing at the end of 2011, with peeling paint work, overgrown bushes and a pot-holed car park.

Stephanie Dewick, who works in the local hospitality industry, said: “It needs tidying up. It's right next to Oakwood and doesn't give a very good impression. They should invest a bit of money into it and reopen the place. All it's doing now is rotting away, which is not a pleasant sight.”

Alison Belton, director of Outsource Me Limited, and the former chief executive of Pembrokeshire Tourism, said: “The site is ideally suited to commercial office space, especially for small businesses perhaps as a business hub or hot desking facility.

“I would hate to see this as a site for another multinational run of the mill pub/travel lodge facility. Pembrokeshire is all about offering great value but great quality supporting local producers.”

Oakwood Theme Park Director Dominic Jones said there were plans for the attraction further down the line: “Canaston Bowl is part of our five year plan which aims to get the theme park back to its former glory," he said.

“But it is at the end of the plan, as we’ve had to focus our priorities on the park.

“Since the plan launched we have seen the opening of Neverland, and we are looking forward to opening a new restaurant serving Pembrokeshire produce, a new soft play area and arcade.

“We are considering a couple of internal options for Canaston Bowl and we would welcome outside opportunities as well, so if someone wants to present a case to us, we’d be happy to listen.

“It’s a nice site and it’s in our best interest to have it back up and running.”

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10:36pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Tttoommy says...

useless councillors, pigs at the trough, the senedd destroying services and house prices up everywhere except Wales.

Croeso
useless councillors, pigs at the trough, the senedd destroying services and house prices up everywhere except Wales. Croeso Tttoommy
  • Score: -24

9:22am Thu 3 Apr 14

Tttoommy says...

The truth hurts, Welsh education results decided by the Welsh education minister who then had to resign, Welsh NHS devastatingly bad - worse cancer survival rates, no stroke rehabilitation centres in the whole of Wales (two in Sussex) - its a BIG LONG list, I'd sell my house in Pembs except I'd get 70K less for it than the house I sold in Surrey for the same amount 5 years ago
The truth hurts, Welsh education results decided by the Welsh education minister who then had to resign, Welsh NHS devastatingly bad - worse cancer survival rates, no stroke rehabilitation centres in the whole of Wales (two in Sussex) - its a BIG LONG list, I'd sell my house in Pembs except I'd get 70K less for it than the house I sold in Surrey for the same amount 5 years ago Tttoommy
  • Score: -22

9:57am Thu 3 Apr 14

Bilbo101 says...

Tttoommy you need to stick to the subject matter and not rant on unrelated posts. Your comments add nothing to the discussion on the state of the former Canaston Bowl site and just waste readers time.
Tttoommy you need to stick to the subject matter and not rant on unrelated posts. Your comments add nothing to the discussion on the state of the former Canaston Bowl site and just waste readers time. Bilbo101
  • Score: 20

10:06am Thu 3 Apr 14

Bilbo101 says...

So disappointing that Oakwood is happy to leave this eyesore blight this neck of the woods. A very small investment could transform this site yet Oakwood seem unconcerned. Pull your socks up Oakwood and get the job done, this blott on the landscape has been ignored for way too long and is having a negative effect on the area. Yes you do a lot of good for the County but the former Canaston Bowl site is one area where you are letting us down badly.
So disappointing that Oakwood is happy to leave this eyesore blight this neck of the woods. A very small investment could transform this site yet Oakwood seem unconcerned. Pull your socks up Oakwood and get the job done, this blott on the landscape has been ignored for way too long and is having a negative effect on the area. Yes you do a lot of good for the County but the former Canaston Bowl site is one area where you are letting us down badly. Bilbo101
  • Score: 10

11:18pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Hyper-injunctions says...

I reckon someone from PCC must've banged tttooomy's wife. Can't say I blame her.
I reckon someone from PCC must've banged tttooomy's wife. Can't say I blame her. Hyper-injunctions
  • Score: 7

8:34am Fri 4 Apr 14

Tttoommy says...

Bilbo101 wrote:
Tttoommy you need to stick to the subject matter and not rant on unrelated posts. Your comments add nothing to the discussion on the state of the former Canaston Bowl site and just waste readers time.
I think you'll find tourists not wanting to come to Pembrokeshire or even Wales is more than a simple whether they like to go bowling in Canaston

If you think my comments waste your time may I respectfully suggest you don't read them - and as far as wasting even more of your time commenting on my comments ........
[quote][p][bold]Bilbo101[/bold] wrote: Tttoommy you need to stick to the subject matter and not rant on unrelated posts. Your comments add nothing to the discussion on the state of the former Canaston Bowl site and just waste readers time.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find tourists not wanting to come to Pembrokeshire or even Wales is more than a simple whether they like to go bowling in Canaston If you think my comments waste your time may I respectfully suggest you don't read them - and as far as wasting even more of your time commenting on my comments ........ Tttoommy
  • Score: -17

8:37am Fri 4 Apr 14

Tttoommy says...

Hyper-injunctions wrote:
I reckon someone from PCC must've banged tttooomy's wife. Can't say I blame her.
Yup, could be right, on the other hand she's just one of very many that have been screwed by PCC.

are YOU sitting comfortably? ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Hyper-injunctions[/bold] wrote: I reckon someone from PCC must've banged tttooomy's wife. Can't say I blame her.[/p][/quote]Yup, could be right, on the other hand she's just one of very many that have been screwed by PCC. are YOU sitting comfortably? ;-) Tttoommy
  • Score: -12

8:49am Fri 4 Apr 14

Bilbo101 says...

Look Tttoommy, The idea is to add something to the actual news report, not rant on about completely unrelated issues. The Canaston Bowl eyesore effects everyone who sees it, not just the tourists. Just think of all the locals who have to pass it every day on their way to work, it is a depressing sight. Just a little bit of tidying up and some external decorating would make the world of difference and would not cost a fortune.
Look Tttoommy, The idea is to add something to the actual news report, not rant on about completely unrelated issues. The Canaston Bowl eyesore effects everyone who sees it, not just the tourists. Just think of all the locals who have to pass it every day on their way to work, it is a depressing sight. Just a little bit of tidying up and some external decorating would make the world of difference and would not cost a fortune. Bilbo101
  • Score: 18

10:18am Sun 6 Apr 14

KeanJo says...

If Oakwood have no use for it ,why don't they demolish the buildings and restore the site
If Oakwood have no use for it ,why don't they demolish the buildings and restore the site KeanJo
  • Score: 1

10:40am Sun 6 Apr 14

Bilbo101 says...

Maybe because if they leave it as it is then they might not have to apply for planning permission when they do finally dream up a use for the buildings. They said it was "in their 5 year plan" but gave no details and I wonder if they simply have given themselves another 5 years to think of a commercial use for the buildings and the site. Maybe they are holding out for an offer from the likes of Travel Lodge or Premier Inns. Whatever it is they plan to do with the site they should at least in the meantime spend a few quid and carry out some basic maintenance and external decorating to improve the appearance of the area.
Maybe because if they leave it as it is then they might not have to apply for planning permission when they do finally dream up a use for the buildings. They said it was "in their 5 year plan" but gave no details and I wonder if they simply have given themselves another 5 years to think of a commercial use for the buildings and the site. Maybe they are holding out for an offer from the likes of Travel Lodge or Premier Inns. Whatever it is they plan to do with the site they should at least in the meantime spend a few quid and carry out some basic maintenance and external decorating to improve the appearance of the area. Bilbo101
  • Score: 2

10:53am Sun 6 Apr 14

Hyper-injunctions says...

Bilbo is probably right about this. It would make an ideal location for one of those budget hotel chains. There has been recent coverage about travel lodge moving into the Lake District so I would not be surprised if these chains are trying to move into more rural areas. It will be awful news for locally owned b&b/hotels but hey, it's called capitalism. If you don't like it, go back to Russia.
Bilbo is probably right about this. It would make an ideal location for one of those budget hotel chains. There has been recent coverage about travel lodge moving into the Lake District so I would not be surprised if these chains are trying to move into more rural areas. It will be awful news for locally owned b&b/hotels but hey, it's called capitalism. If you don't like it, go back to Russia. Hyper-injunctions
  • Score: 1

3:57pm Sun 6 Apr 14

South of the Landsker says...

Who is the local county Councillor ? - Oh!!!
Could try applying for some European commercial grants - Oh!!!
Who is the local county Councillor ? - Oh!!! Could try applying for some European commercial grants - Oh!!! South of the Landsker
  • Score: 0

8:13am Tue 8 Apr 14

malcolm calver says...

Perhaps the County Council should consider putting some money into a new venture after all they have poured loads into a nearby business. .
Perhaps the County Council should consider putting some money into a new venture after all they have poured loads into a nearby business. . malcolm calver
  • Score: 0

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