A mini-golf project in historic York has raised more than 60 objections. The planning documents reveal a plan to build the course in the city center with 12 holes, “each with its own historical reference and orientation”. The plan, submitted to council by York Mini Golf Ltd, would see the course stand near York Explore Library, the Roman Wall and the Multangular Tower for seven years to attract tourists to a historic part of town. He would also see part of the ruins of St Leonard’s Hospital, believed to be the largest medieval hospital in the north of England, used as a ticket office.

However, not everyone thinks this is a good idea. Opponent Gavin Baddeley said: “To drop a novelty golf course on this land feels a bit like vandalism. The stag and hen parties that plague York at the weekend will be drawn to this kind of silly activity like magnets. Elsewhere, tour guide John Willets said in a statement to council: ‘People come to York for a dose of history, not to play crazy golf.’ The backlash continued with York Civic Trust calling the idea ‘inappropriate’ due to its ‘sensitive historic location and value as a secluded green space in the center of York’. Meanwhile, another objector, Holly Robinson, has expressed concerns about the presence of a mini-golf course so close to the library windows. She wrote: “Yes crazy golf is a horizontal version of golf, but I think we can all agree that not everyone will keep the ball on the ground. How about a tennis court in the cathedral? »

York attracts tourists from all over the world with its many areas of historical significance. These include its ancient streets, the impressive cathedral and the famous chocolate factories. However, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, the thematic holes would reflect these elements, including “Roman York”, “Viking York”, and “Chocolate York”. Meanwhile, each hole would have an information board detailing periods in York’s history. As a result, the proposal also enjoys some support, with English Heritage saying it offers ‘a chance to interpret York’s history to a different audience’.

Mini golf also has wider benefits, including its family-friendly nature and its ability to provide a pathway into the sport for many people who otherwise might never get into the game. Meanwhile, York Mini Golf Ltd described the specific benefits of its proposed course in its application. The company cited wheelchair accessibility and greater use of the library and cafe as benefits of the program. The company added: “This represents low-key, low-impact use, which will bring people to a richly historic part of York that is often overlooked and unappreciated by visitors to the city.”

However, with controversy about to rumble, Guildhall ward councilor Janet Looker asked a planning committee to consider the application.