The subject of Middleton Park Golf Course, which is currently under a 12 month reprieve from closure, came up at this week’s Area Committee.
In response to a question from a local resident at the meeting on Wednesday, Cllr Paul Truswell said:
“It’s important that a business plan is produced that reduces the deficit in the course. It’s use it or lose it!”
He stated that it was hoped that introducing catering at the club house would help to make the venue more attractive and that it was essential if the course were to remain open that more people played golf.
Cllr Kim Groves added:
“The Council is subsidising every round of golf by £10”
and indicated that this couldn’t continue given other priorities and the financial pressure on the Council.
In response to a suggestion from a resident that it would be good to hold an open meeting about the issue there was some reluctance to do so at this point; it was noted that South Leeds Life had publicised the issue.
Cllr Angela Gabriel, who had earlier in the meeting been re-elected Chair of the Area Committee, stated that the issue was important not only to Middleton Park ward but also to residents of other parts of South Leeds and was invited by Middleton Park councilors to attend a meeting of the small group working on the future of the course to be held next week.