Plans to scrap Ayr golf course

Re­vealed: Coun­cil’s plan to scrap Ayr golf course

Ayrshire Post - - FRONT PAGE - Stu­art Wil­son

A se­cret plan to axe one of South Ayr­shire’s eight coun­cil golf cour­ses can be re­vealed by the Post.

It’s be­lieved of­fi­cials are plot­ting to scrap Dalmilling – re­plac­ing it with houses and a park.

The shock pro­posal has been branded a “scan­dal” by golf­ing chiefs, who are pledg­ing to fight any clo­sure bid. Leaked plans show the mu­nic­i­pal course mak­ing way for an “ur­ban park” be­side the A77 by­pass.

A large swathe of land is ear­marked for “res­i­den­tial/ com­mu­nity” use boast­ing a mas­sive new neigh­bour­hood.

The shock lay­out forms part of the coun­cil’s re­vamped Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Plan, cur­rently at de­sign stage.

Of­fi­cials could present their plans to all 28 coun­cil­lors next month.

One se­nior source said: “This is driven by a de­sire to give the peo­ple of North Ayr a park fa­cil­ity re­sem­bling Belleisle and Rozelle. But the coun­cil has been here be­fore re­gard­ing the clo­sure of Dalmilling and it was not pretty. There will be ex­actly the same fall­out this time and peo­ple won’t give it up with­out a fight.”

Coun­cil chiefs backed down on plans to shut the 5686- yard course in 2009 fol­low­ing a huge pub­lic back­lash.

Dalmilling, a par 69 which opened in 1961, is one of eight mu­nic­i­pal South Ayr­shire cour­ses.

Alas­dair Mal­colm, sec­re­tary of Ayr­shire Golf As­so­ci­a­tion, said any clo­sure would be “hugely detri­men­tal”. He in­sisted: “This would to­tally fly in the face of the mes­sage be­ing pro­moted by Golf South Ayr­shire. We don’t have the ca­pac­ity across other cour­ses to deal with the num­ber of play­ers this clo­sure would dis­place.

“You have eight clubs play­ing out of Dalmilling and re­ten­tion is vi­tal.

“Once a golf course has gone, it’s gone.”

Ayr MSP John Scott warned against any pro­gres­sion of the project.

He said: “If plans are brought for­ward by the coun­cil to close Dalmilling golf course then I would be com­pletely op­posed to them. Along with other lo­cal golf cour­ses, Dalmilling makes a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­vi­sion of leisure ser­vices in South Ayr­shire and its loss would be a very heavy blow”

Ayr North coun­cil­lor, Ian Davis, said: “I’d be strongly op­posed to any such de­vel­op­ment.”

A spokesman for South Ayr­shire Coun­cil said: “There are no ac­tive plans to re­de­velop Dalmilling Golf Course, which will con­tinue to op­er­ate as nor­mal. Any change of use would be sub­ject to pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, and would re­quire ap­proval from coun­cil­lors.”

Out to grass Course is un­der threat and ( above) the pro­posed new lay­out

Scan­dal Golf chief Alas­dair Mal­colm

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