Political point scoring has skewed golf club debate
I AM WRITING to express my disappointment that, according to the Herald Express, this issue has become political with a group of councillors voting against its progress.
I have tried over the months to express balanced views as more and more comments and articles by RAGS campaign supporters used often dubious ill-informed tactics involving inaccuracy and exaggeration to justify their cause.
The views of local residents should of course be taken into account along with all other considerations which the councillors should then leave to the planners to do their job in the interests of all without political point scoring skewing a balanced and fair review.
It seems to me that the vast majority would be far better served if everyone engaged in a open and honest way to take this opportunity to try and progress development of this area to the benefit of all not just golfers or RAGS members.
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I would like once again to make the following observations:
This development would net the council a significant sum which should help mitigate/offset tax rises and protect services.
Without the golf club managing this land (in whatever form) it could well become susceptible to other, far less favourable, development proposals.
Improvements to road and pedestrian safety – both main & side roads – could and should feature as part of this development.
The new clubhouse and its access could provide pedestrian access to views and pleasant walks , currently only available from the actual golf course itself and therefore primarily to golfers only.
References by some objectors to an AONB would seem somewhat exaggerated as currently the proposed area is hardly that – indeed it is mainly rough grass and scrubland. It does beg the question as to how many of these objectors have actually walked the coastal path or seen this area.
This area, particularly flora and fauna, would only benefit from golf club landscaping and management, as many have already pointed out.
As a recently retired person with limited income I do feel very strongly that golf should be more readily available to the less well off and would hope that a part of improving the golf club's financial health would be to lower the cost of golfing here.
The new clubhouse and approach could also improve walkers' access to Churston Woods and Cove and stop the dangerous on-road parking by the stile entrance to the track through the woods.
There would, of course, be other somewhat more specific benefits for coaching and playing golf along with a very attractive conference event facility with incredible views over our lovely bay.
I hope that those of us wanting a more objective, honest, non-political approach by our elected representatives can look forward to our planners being allowed to process this issue properly.
ANDREW CORY, Cambridge Road, Brixham,