Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet will be making the decision on the future of Tamworth Golf Course at its meeting tonight, Thursday January 23rd.
The meeting will take place in Committee Room 1, Marmion House. The meeting, which is open to the public, starts at 6pm.
The four options under discussion for the future of Tamworth Golf Course are:
• Retention of an 18-hole golf course, remodelling and disposal of part of the site
• Complete disposal of site, with any income generated to contribute to wider strategic aims, including leisure provision and town centre regeneration schemes;
• Retention of 18-hole golf course, plus development of clubhouse, gym and other leisure facilities, with course to be run and managed by an outside company;
• Retention of nine holes, development of clubhouse, gym and other leisure facilities, again to be run by an external company or in house, and the disposal of nine holes for development
Tamworth Borough Council took on the running of the golf course in March 2013 for a period of two years. Initially, 12 options were put forward and following consultation with residents, golf club users and other groups, these options were reduced to four for further investigation. An independent company was used to undertake this work.
The options have been short-listed against a number of criteria. A key criterion for consideration is the revenue and capital costs of various options. Other key issues considered were the impact on open space and health, balanced against the need for housing and regeneration.
The four options have now undergone further in-depth scrutiny, as well as further consultation with golf course users, members of the public, Sport England and golf’s governing body, England Golf.