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D-Day decision due after public consultation on Leeds golf clubs

Gotts Park Golf Club,  Armley, Leeds

Gotts Park Golf Club, Armley, Leeds

  • by Alison Bellamy
 

Leeds City Council is 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 it open “have not been successful.”

Leeds City Council is 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 it open “have not been successful.”

Work has previously been undertaken by the council and representatives of each club to find a suitable business case to keep both courses open, which are currently making a combined loss of £217,000 per year. 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.

The public consultation runs until July 4 and campaigners today urged anyone affected to make their views known - in a last ditch attempt bid to save the clubs.

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.

“I would urge anyone who uses the golf course and is concerned about its potential closure to contact Leeds City Council and let their feelings be known via the consultation.”

This public consultation will take place until July 4 and may be downloaded via the Council’s website and may be found via Talking Point.

Copies of these documents will also be on display at the each of the golf course locations.

Members of Gotts Park Golf Club in west Leeds were expecting a decision over the club’s future back in January 2014, as it was 12 months since a one-year reprieve was announced by the council, so it could monitor the club as a business.

Popular Gotts Park at Armley and Middleton Golf Club in south Leeds were threatened with closure in early 2013 due to Leeds City Council budget cuts.

The clubs are now waiting anxiously to find out what decision is be to made as the consultation is held.

Members of Gotts Park fear closure of the club could leave a gaping hole in the community.

Leeds City Council states in it’s 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.”

 

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