the public consultation into the future of two council golf courses in Leeds comes to an end today.
Leeds City Council has been seeking the views of residents regarding a proposal to close Gotts Park and Middleton Park golf courses, after efforts to find a possible business case to keep them open were deemed ‘not successful’.
In January 2013, the council deferred a previous decision to close both courses so further options could be explored to see if a new way of delivering the service could be found. Work was also undertaken by the council and representatives of each club to find a suitable business case to keep open both courses, which were making a combined loss of £217,000 per year.
On the day of the consultation closing, residents living near Gotts Park said the closure of the club could leave a gaping hole in the community.
Resident Melanie Bentley said she thought it would be a great shame if the course was lost, adding: “It is one of only a few golf courses where you can go and pay to play golf.”
Alan Walls, chairman of Gotts Park Municipal Golf Club, said: “The uncertainty continues but what I can be certain of is the membership at Gotts Park remain committed to keeping the golf course open.”
Leeds City Council said in its consultation document: “The council continues to face serious budget pressures and has experienced cash funding cuts of £94m from central government between 2010/11 and 2013/14 with a further £81m required by 2015/16. This is a reduction of £175m with further reductions expected in 2016/17 and 2017/18, all in addition to internal budget pressures that the council faces. This has also impacted on the Parks and Countryside service, with a £2.7 million budget reduction between 2010/11 and 2014/15.”