At its meeting on 12 December 2012 Leeds City Council’s Executive Board considered Initial Budget Proposals for 2013/14 which included a proposal to close Middleton Park Golf Course.
It is also proposed to close Gotts Park Golf Course in Armley. The report states that both courses run at a loss and the numbers using them continue to decline and notes that Middleton golf course is adjacent to another private course. The report says that the closure of the two course will save £100,000 and result in the loss of 2 full time jobs.
It is not clear what public consultation there has been about this proposal nor whether consideration has been given to transferring either facility to the private sector or to a social enterprise. It is also not clear how the closure of the course at Middleton Park fits with the recent expenditure on the rest of the Park. The report indicates that it is proposed to let the course return to ‘parkland’ but it is not apparent from the report what assumptions have been made about the costs involved in managing this.
The Council currently runs four golf courses: Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam and the two threatened with closure. On its website the Council describes the course at Middleton as ’18 holes with magnificent views of the city and beyond’.
The course was founded in 1932.
This article was written by Stephen Williamson using our Community Reporters website at www.communityreporters.sllife.leeds11.com