Hole lot of ideas for closed Leeds golf club

Proposals are being drawn up to turn Middleton Park Golf Course into a park.
Proposals are being drawn up to turn Middleton Park Golf Course into a park.
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Proposals are being drawn up to turn Middleton Park Golf Course into a crowd-pleasing park.

The council-run course was closed last year after sustaining significant financial losses.

It remains open to the public, with the clubhouse still in use as a depot for the council’s parks and countryside department.

The authority says a significant amount of money was invested in improving the security of the car park.

About £75,000 has now been set aside to spend on developing the site, which has been absorbed back into the Middleton Park estate. A public consultation has been launched to find out what people think about various plans.

Among the ideas are new paths and walkways, areas for activities and games, extra bins and benches, more trees, a BMX track and mountain bike route and new walking and running groups.

A council document on the consultation said: “The purpose of this consultation process is to capture the views of those with an interest in how Middleton Park could be developed in the future.”

The council believes additional funds will be required to support the plans and some of the £75,000 is to be spent on looking for other sources of funding.

Officials say council funding to run the park would then be restricted to £20,000 a year, so other cash would need to be found.

The council document added: “It should also be noted that what will likely emerge from this consultation process is a master plan for the park that will take time to deliver and will have to be supported by a long-term investment and funding strategy.”

The consultation will run until May 15.

For more information and to take part in a questionnaire visit: https://consult.leeds.gov.uk

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