Goldenhill Golf Course “For Sale”

Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association (S.A.G.E.) held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday evening at Goldenhill Community Hall/Centre, which attracted an attendance of 110 residents and guests.

At the meeting residents requested answers from Stoke on Trent City Council in regards to the future of the previously run golf course by Jack Barker Golf Company.

Goldenhill Golf Course Club House

Mark James, Senior Estates Manager, Stoke on Trent City Council reported at the S.A.G.E. Annual General Meeting that the council are looking for a tenant to run the golf course and it will be put on the market in three to four weeks time.

It was further reported by the council at the Public Meeting that the marketing process is expected to take up to eight to 12 weeks.

Tom Simpson, Secretary of the Sandyford and Goldenhill Residents’ Association, said: “it has a long history of issues and we would like to see the course back up and running”.

Mr Simpson went onto say “it was used as a landfill site and up to 60 lorries a day were going up and down the road covering the place in dust and dirt”.

The S.A.G.E. Secretary further added “we want to keep the green space whatever happens, so even if the course doesn’t come back we could hopefully use the land for country walks or even increase the use for allotments in the area”.

It was made clear at the meeting by the council that the land, which is a greenbelt area, will not be built on if a new owner cannot be found.

Councillor Martin Garner said, “there has been some frustration with damage in the past at the site and reports of anti-social behaviour.

The councillor went onto say “it is a shame that this process has taken over a year to put in place and due to issues with the previous tenant, the golf course has been left open to vandalism”.

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