Golf course to be ‘wiped out’ by planned HS2 road

Coun­cil leader claims course will be ‘un­playable’ dur­ing con­struc­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.buyapho­ WL156953

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