CAMPAIGNS fighting to save a Wirral golf course are ‘heavily disappointed’ after plans to withdraw funding were passed as part of the council’s budget savings.
At a full council meeting on Monday evening, councilors voted in favor of a £20million cut plan that will see it withdraw funding for Brackenwood and Hoylake golf courses on April 1.
The Wirral Tennis Center will also close for a period of 12 months.
The budget will see the council withdraw funding for the Woodchurch Leisure Center and nine of its 24 libraries, after a months-long period in which local groups can bid to take them over under a transfer scheme. community assets.
The budget passed by 52 votes to 11, with Labor and Conservative councilors in favor of the plan, while the Green Party, Liberal Democrats and independent councilor Jo Bird voted against.
Keith Marsh, secretary of Brackenwood Golf Club, told the World today: ‘Brackenwood Golf Club has been deeply disappointed that Labor and Tory groups do not see the validity of maintaining Brackenwood Golf Course through the summer months, ready for a new operator to take over the active route.
“We were once again present at the meeting and worked so hard to demonstrate to the board the public sentiment about the importance of the course and the terrain at Bebington.”
Brackenwood Golf Club activists at the Floral Pavilion ahead of Monday’s meeting. Photo: Craig Manning
“Several operators have shown significant interest in running the course and we now need Council Leader Janette Williamson to deliver on her commitment from last night’s meeting to ensure any transfers are completed quickly.
“The course is not just a recreational facility, but a green space enjoyed by many golfers and non-golfers.
“We are obviously disappointed that Brackenwood has not had the same level of support and protection as Woodchurch Leisure Center following an agreement that £330,000 would be set aside to support community asset transfers for the website.
“It can sometimes seem like all of our work to raise issues with councilors has been ignored, a 3600 strong petition, an extremely well supported residents meeting in Brackenwood, protests against the closure, inclusion in the rally across Birkenhead on Saturday and of course the many communications with advisers, but our fears of not being fully listened to surfaced last night.
“From a public point of view, it seems absurd to have a public consultation on the current budget proposals on the council’s website until March 27, when decisions have already been made during the budget meeting last night.
“We were very disappointed that the outcome of the meeting appeared to be decided before anyone even attended, with Labor and the Conservatives agreeing the budget set in what appeared to be a ‘whipped’ decision from the leaders.
“It is also very disappointing that ward councilors from across the Wirral, particularly Labor and Conservatives, were unable to truly represent the people who elected them, but spent the majority of the meeting Argue.
“Our group representing Brackenwood Golf Club, as I am sure members of the public at the meeting and at home watching the webcast, observed a sight that was embarrassing, unprofessional and not what residents want to see at a such an important night when local issues should have been at the top of the agenda without attacking the opposing side.
“Brackenwood Golf Club can only hope that the council has the determination to ensure that services affected by savings within the budget can be quickly handed over to other operators and not left to their own devices. abandonment.
“The 87 year long history of Brackenwood Golf Club is at stake here, we will wait and see but rest assured, as an organization at the heart of the local community, we will be holding councilors accountable for the promises made by the Head of Council at last night’s meeting.