Save Deangate Ridge Golf Club - Breach of Constitutional decision making process

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Medway Council propose to close the Deangate Ridge Golf Club in Hoo. They state that the club is running at a loss - average £200k per annum in the past 5 years. Whilst no one can suggest that the council should be funding the Club at a loss, they have not demonstrated to local people that a fair attempt at trying to increase revenue has been undertaken. They have not opened up the Club for other uses nor has there been any advertising campaigns to increase membership numbers. They have not run well advertised golf days and competitions, not opened their doors for public events like fun days or considered other business models such as doubling up as a wedding venue. A cynic would wonder whether the council has almost let it run into the ground to make the site viable for sale and redevelopment. This petition asks the Medway Cabinet to consider new business models to increase income or to tender the management of the Club to a private provider prior to closing the club as part of a viability assessment.



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