A BOWLING club official has been told Oldington Sports Ground could be developed for engineering or industrial use any time between now and 2008.

Owner, Brintons Carpets, has renewed the site's planning permission - first given in 1988 - and is paying £330,000 for two replacement football pitches and a cricket square at Kingsway, off Stourport Road.

The plans, however, do not include the Brintons Bowling Club and its chairman, Geoff Adams, would like to see a second green built at the neighbouring Chainwire Bowling Club to accommodate his members.

"We don't want to amalgamate with Chainwire, but to work with them," he said.

Chainwire's chairman, Janette Adams, said the proposal was a possibility but warned funding could be a problem, as building a second green would not be cheap.

The Brintons Bowling Club boasts 74 members and the popular Kidderminster Mid-Week League attracts 520 players on Wednesdays, 300 to 400 on Thursdays, plus for cup games and weekend matches.

Mr Adams was due to meet district councillors, Nathan Desmond, cabinet member for community and leisure and Marcus Hart, portfolio holder for commercial services, yesterday to explain the situation to them.

Mr Adams has already had talks with Brintons Carpets. "I asked when development of the sports ground was likely and was told that it could tomorrow or in three years time," he said.

He added he believed the move was likely soon, given the plan to build new facilities at Kingsway.

"Brintons have always been very good to us and we have no criticism of them," added Mr Adams.

Brintons group finance director and company secretary, Eddie Gardiner, refused to comment on the future of Oldington Sports Ground.