Col­li­sion course at Dalmilling

Ayrshire Post - - TROON NEWS - Stu­art Wil­son

Coun­cil bosses have been warned they face more mutiny over plans to shut a golf course.

Plans to scrap Dalmilling – first re­vealed by the Post last month – were fi­nally ad­mit­ted this week.k.

The project, which h would see houses and a park re­place the mu­nic­i­pal fair­ways, will now go be­fore the pub­lic.

But coun­cil leader Dou­glas Camp­bell, driv­ing a sec­ond at­tempted clo­sure of the course in eight years, was told he risks a huge back­lash.

Cllr Camp­bell said the plan could give fam­i­lies in North Ayr a fa­cil­ity to ri­val Belleisle.

He in­sisted: “At present the chil­dren from New­ton and Brae­head have to get on a bus and go there.

“That is the pitch I want to be mak­ing here.

“Dalmilling may be good for golfers but that is not the case for the rest of the com­mu­nity.”

Cllr Camp­bell, who said 1500 fewer rounds had been played on Dalmilling last year, in­sisted the topic is now up for de­bate.

Along with land in Loans, Muir­head and Monk­ton, the site forms part of the coun­cil’s pro­posed house build­ing for the fu­ture.

But ward coun­cil­lor Ian Davis said: “Dalmilling may not be high on the list of tee- off times but it plays a cru­cial part in the com­mu­nity.

“Many lo­cal res­i­dents have no de­sire to see it re­moved, re­gard­less of the fact they have no in­ter­est in golf.”

And he added: “The feed­back I’m get­ting on the doorsteps is that the coun­cil will face another huge back­lash over this.”

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on all pro­posed de­vel­op­ment plans across South Ayr­shire will now take pl place.

Con­ser­va­tives had w wanted the projects at Da Dalmilling, Loans and M Muir­head re­moved fro from the ta­ble.

Bu t t h e i r b i d wa was voted down by SNP, Labour an and in­de­pen­dent me mem­bers, who said it wa was vi­tal to hear from the pub­lic first.

I Ian Ca­vana, mem­ber f for Ayr North, said: “I stood in front of 200 golfers the last time we tried to shut Dalmilling.

“If we are talk­ing about an af­ford­able hous­ing op­tion here I would be more in­clined to tick the box this time but un­til there is more meat on the bones I could not back this.”

Bu t f e l l ow ward c o u n c i l l o r, L a u r a Bren­nan- White­field, said: “The health out­comes of peo­ple in Ayr North are not great. This may go some way to al­le­vi­at­ing that.

“The im­por­tant thing is we see what the peo­ple want.”

In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Alec Clark said: “I have some con­cerns but this is go­ing out for con­sul­ta­tion and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what comes back from our towns and vil­lages.”


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