Change Southwood golf course to park land with cycle trails with pump track
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We welcome the proposal for changing Southwood golf course to SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) and feel it would be a great benefit to include purpose built mountain bike trails with pump track. This would give families a much needed SAFE place to cycle.
Cycling is becoming increasingly popular but the roads are getting more dangerous so we need more safe places to ride.
The proposal would mean that the area would be opened up to become around 50 hectares of public green space for everyone to enjoy, replacing the golf course.
Together with Southwood Woodland and other green open space nearby, this would create a large country park area, offering activities including walking, cycling, trim trails, natural play structures and a community orchard.
Being a SANG permanently protects the land as green public open space, meaning it would never be built on. It also means that the council would use developers' contributions to pay for its creation and upkeep.
The golf course opened in the late 1970s and became an 18-hole course in 1988. Most of the rounds of golf played there are by casual golfers and visitors and it is popular with those who use it. The club itself has around 175 members, of which half live in Rushmoor.
In recent years, however, overall use of the golf course has reduced significantly and does costs the council to subsidise it.
There are also a number of alternative golf courses within a ten-mile radius of Southwood where golfers can turn up and play without being members.
Lastly, converting Southwood to a SANG would also encourage more people to become active, which in turn would help reduce national obesity levels.
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