ALLESTREE GOLF COURSE - Reverse Undemocratic Decision Blocking Reopening of the Course

ALLESTREE GOLF COURSE - Reverse Undemocratic Decision Blocking Reopening of the Course

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Save Allestree Golf Course started this petition to Derby City Council (Paul Simpson - Chief Executive)

If you want Allestree Golf Course to reopen, please sign this petition to reverse the decision by the nine members of the Conservative Minority Cabinet to undemocratically block a Full Council motion to negotiate with three different bidders, who are offering free coaching or membership to all under 18's in the city. 

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Nine Councillors of the Conservative Minority Cabinet are blocking a motion, voted for by large majority in Full Council, demanding the council repeat the process to find an operator for Allestree Golf Course due to mistakes made in the original process.

Inaccurate information was presented at a Council Cabinet meeting to support blocking the motion, which is contradicted by statutory responses to requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

A complaint has been made to Derby City Council about the misleading statements made in Council Cabinet.  The Council refuse to investigate this complaint, implying that it is acceptable for information to be presented that misleads meetings in Council Chambers.

A fact check of the inaccurate statements used to reject the motion can be found at this link on our campaign website:

COUNCIL CABINET MEETING FACT CHECK

Derby City Council are also considering planting 500,000 trees on the golf course to destroy it. 

Please sign this petition to demand that the undemocratic actions of the minority Conservative cabinet are reversed so the process to find an operator for Allestree Golf Course can be recommenced and prevent the course being destroyed by tree planting

Further details regarding the petition is detailed below      
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Allestree Golf Course could be reopened, operating as a community interest project providing free golf to all Under 18's in the city and affordable golf to anyone visiting Allestree

Three parties, including one operated by Ian Woosnam, are ready to bid to operate the course when the political situation is resolved. 

The Full Council of 51 members passed a motion in support of reopening negotiations with groups of bidders interested in operating the golf course at no cost to the council.

This is being un-democratically blocked by nine cabinet members of the minority Conservative group. 

Their decision to block the democratically approved motion was based on misleading facts presented to cabinet, particularly in relation to the advertising of the opportunity to operate the course, which was not marketed through golf industry channels

The leader of the Council stated:

“Well again we are into inaccurate and insufficient detail here because it simply wasn’t just an online subscription only magazine or some local publicity”

This statement is wholly inaccurate; rejection of the motion is not valid.

A response at the link below from Derby City Council to a request via the Freedom of Information Act states the exact opposite. 

Freedom Of Information Act Response EIR15304

The opportunity was not advertised through any golf media channels despite comments in the meeting to the contrary.

The only form of advertising was via local publicity through the golf course consultation exercise, a notice in the golf course pro shop plus an advert in a leisure industry magazine. 

For a prospective bidder to access the advertisement, they either must be subscribed to the magazine or know that the advert has been placed in the magazine and manually find the specific edition on the website.  

The council have rejected a complaint made against the leader for this statement, implying that it is acceptable for councillors to mislead meetings in Council Chambers. 

This is just one of several ways the cabinet decision was misled.  Please see the fact check on our website for more details.

Fact Check Derby City Council Cabinet Meeting 040821 - Save Allestree Golf Course

Derby City Council are considering planting 500,000 trees on the golf course to destroy it. 

It has clear historic value as a Harry S Colt designed course.  Historic England were preparing to register it as a Designated Historic Landscape in April 2021, the first golf course in the UK to ever have this designation, until they discovered the intention of Derby City Council to destroy it.

Please support our efforts to save it by signing this petition.

 

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