Whitewebbs Park Golf Course in North London is to stay completely shut after the neighborhood council that handles the club made a decision to take out additional financing.
In describing its choice, Enfield Council stated that Whitewebbs Park has actually shed greater than £1.1 million over the previous 5 years as well as it would certainly be “irresponsible” to remain to subsidise it making use of taxpayers’ cash throughout the existing recession.
A record just recently released by the council recognized there had actually been a boost in reservations for the program throughout the pandemic, yet declared this was “a temporary situation where existing golfers made up for lost rounds during lockdown”.
The program will certainly stay shut to golf enthusiasts when various other clubs in England open on March 29 in the current leisure of the lockdown, although it will certainly be readily available to be made use of for strolling as well as running.
A council agent stated: “Whitewebbs Golf Course has actually been making a loss for a variety of years, regardless of the intro of procedures made to enhance earnings as well as minimize prices at the website. Since 2014-15 the golf club has actually shed greater than £1.1million. At a time of nationwide dilemma, when our concern is safeguarding every one of our areas as well as supplying assistance for our most prone homeowners, it would certainly be untrustworthy as well as unsustainable to remain to utilize taxpayers’ cash to subsidise a task that is well offered in other places throughout the district, with 6 unabridged programs as well as a pitch as well as putt program readily available for golf enthusiasts in Enfield.
“We are currently in a marketing process which will determine the future of the site. This process requires – among other considerations – applicants to meet the needs of the council and the wider community and to increase community access to Whitewebbs for walking, recreation, leisure and other uses.”
Local councillor Joanne Laban shared her discouragement at the loss of the publicly-run golf center, specifically because of the current boost sought after. She stated:“Whitewebbs Park Golf Course is a much-loved property in our district, as well as it is horrendous that the Labour management has actually determined to shut the fairway with prompt impact, as well as without appointment with homeowners.
“The reaction of residents on social media to this decision shows the strength of feeling on this issue. This action, in my opinion, indicates that the Labour council has already decided that the golf course will not remain, and some other form of commercial activity will replace it in the future, which seems to also prejudge the process of the procurement.”
Enfield Council initially checked out the opportunity of renting out the program to a business companion in 2019, as well as was offered in 2020.
The agent included: “This process has been delayed because the coronavirus pandemic has affected the immediate priorities of the council and the applicants. However, Enfield Council will be in a position to announce the next steps shortly. In the meantime, whilst the course will be closed to golf, the site will remain open for walking, jogging and other recreational use.”
Whitewebbs Park’s 18-hole program initial opened up in 1932 as well as was made by five-time Open champ JH Taylor.