Golf course to be ‘wiped out’ by planned HS2 road
Council leader claims course will be ‘unplayable’ during construction
A PROPOSED HS2 haul road would ‘completely wipe out’ a popular golf course in Uxbridge, which users thought would be previously unharmed by the rail link.
After months of petitioning by Stop HS2 campaigners and Hillingdon Council, the haul road is part of a response to mitigation requests to ease congestion in the borough.
But the leader of Hillingdon Council, councillor Ray Puddifoot, said the suggestion is ‘unworkable’ and ‘just won’t wash’.
He told Uxbridge Gazette: “HS2 claim they’ll turn Uxbridge into a nine hole golf course whilst working around it.
“It just won’t wash, as there will be so much dust and mess going around the golf course. With the amount of traffic that it will generate from construction, people just won’t visit the course, so i it’ll be unplayable, in my opinion, during the period of construction.”
The Conservative councillor says it is ‘wishful thinking’ from HS2 to suggest the course will be playable with HGVs passing through it, and reiterated his stance against the project altogether.
He said: “There’s no business proposal. elephant.
“It should be abandoned now. We’re not against high speed train travel, but they’ve got the wrong routes here. They’ve got the most expensive and environmentally damaging routes.”
Vice-president of Harefield Golf Club and lease owner of clubhouse 19th Hole at the Uxbridge course, Mick Gallagher, thinks the road will case
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this white ‘completely ruin the whole amenity’.
He said: “It could close the business with the loss of jobs.
“The golfing amenities will be wiped out and the residents will have to deal with the traffic and loss of property value.
“They’re horrified about what will happen as well.”
Mr Gallagher questions whether HS2 will even leave them with a ninehole course, and has signed a petition to oppose the plan.
Keith Reynolds, a regular golfer at the club, says players have ‘every right to feel aggrieved and cheated’.
He said: “The proposed route for HS2 has bulldozed its way out of London, disrupting anything and everything.
“Planners and architects getting paid in silly numbers decide that golf courses are just spare plots of land to be used for ancillary purposes, especially when the council has failed in its responsibility as landlords of a leisure facility to reinstate Uxbridge Golf Course back to an 18-hole course.”
n DISRUPTION: Golfers at Uxbridge Golf Course are unhappy about the disruption to be caused by the construction of an HS2 haul road Photos by Grant Humphreys www.buyaphototms.co.uk WL156953
n BARGAINS: The Michael Sobell Hospice charity shop in Eastcote