Town Hall backs down on golf course plans

Wirral Council's plan to transfer the running of two popular municipal golf courses to a private operator have been put on hold, after concerns were raised by players and councillors at a special council meeting.

The meeting, requested by five Conservative Councillors heard evidence from clubs based at Arrowe Park and The Warrens, neither having been fully consulted prior to the plan being signed off by the new Cabinet Member, Councillor Julie McManus.  

Evidence from users at Brackenwood Golf Course in Bebington also heard how the Town Hall was neglecting the course.

Councillor Chris Blakeley, Chairman of the Council's Environment Committee, said: "The meeting was an eye opener for anyone present.  It's clear the Cabinet's shambolic plans had been put together in haste and the Cabinet Member even said it was not about saving money.

"All four municipal courses - Hoylake, The Warrens, Brackenwood and Arrowe Park - are used by thousands of people every year.  Transferring two of them to a private operator would throw the future of the remaining two into doubt.  

"I'm pleased Councillor McManus has agreed to postpone her plan and would hope that she can now come up with an alternative solution that enables investment in the courses and keeping them available for the many, not the few."

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