UPDATED: Proposal for bowling alley in Aylesbury

Site for 14-lane ten pin bowling alley and go karting track in Gatehouse Way
Site for 14-lane ten pin bowling alley and go karting track in Gatehouse Way

Ten pin bowling could be back in Aylesbury by Christmas after the loss of Jardines in 2012.

Rogue Racing, which currently runs a go karting business in Stocklake has applied to change the use of a warehouse in Gatehouse Way to a 14-lane bowling alley.

If the plans are approved by Aylesbury Vale District Council the site would be on course to open by Christmas.

Boss Aidan Kirwan says that indoor go karting would also come to the site, as well as a cafe or restaurant.

The move will be welcomed by many in Aylesbury who mourned the loss of the Jardines.

Mr Kirwan, who has run Rogue Racing in Stocklake since 2005, said: “To get this plan together has been quite stressful but we have had a lot of support from our current customers and everyone seems to think it would be really positive for Aylesbury.

“If the plans are approved we would be looking to bring back some of the leagues that had to move elsewhere.

“Unlike karting bowling is accessible for most people, we already do work with the council, youth groups and children with learning and behavioural difficulties so we would like to make that a wider thing.

“Aylesbury has a lack of leisure and we are hoping that the council we see our plans as a possitive move.”

Stan Adams and his late wife Eileen ran Jardines since 1967.

But the popular alley was forced to close to make way for the H&M store in the Friars Square shopping centre.

Mr Kirwan added: “When Jardines closed we chatted with the owners Stan and Eileen to see if we could do something jointly, but at that time we couldn’t find a property.

In a planning statement to the council Rogue Racing said: “The departure of Aylesbury’s only ten pin bowling facility was seen by many as a sad loss.

“Conversely the prospect of a modern replacement will be a welcome addition to the town’s leisure offer.”

Mr Kirwan has already purchased 14 bowling lanes for the project, which would be housed on the former ACH site.

The facility would also boast 70 car parking spaces.

The initial phase of the project would be to instal the bowling lanes, with the go kart racing track set to move out of the Stocklake site.

But fans of the old facility will be pleased to know that the track, and wider than the current offer too.

Mr Kirwan, who quit his job in the accounts department of Waitrose head 
office to start Rogue Racing in 2004, 
He added: “With this new development we are trying to create a more customer friendly atmosphere, it has been really good that we have got a supportive and patient landlord too.

“I enjoy being with people and in this industry you get to see lots of people have a great time.”

A date for the planning application to be discussed by the council has not yet been set.