Fight­ing fund for course

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

PEO­PLE who want to save Bradley Park golf course are be­ing urged to cough up some cash.

The team be­hind the club has set up a crowd­fund­ing page to raise money towards the de­fence of the much-loved 18-hole fa­cil­ity.

The pub­lic course is at threat af­ter Kirklees Coun­cil re­vealed their am­bi­tions to build al­most 2,000 homes on the green belt plot, close to the M62.

Club mem­ber Gary Ward has now urged not only golfers, but also peo­ple who en­joy walk­ing in the area, to sup­port the cam­paign.

Fund­ing is needed to pay for ex­pert con­sul­tants and pos­si­bly lawyers.

Writ­ing on the Just­Giv­ing page, Gary said: “There is a coun­cil pro­posal to build 1,500+ houses on the land cur­rently oc­cu­pied by Bradley Park.

“This will re­sult in not only the loss of a very pop­u­lar golf course en­joyed by many, both lo­cal, and a large num­ber of vis­it­ing par­ties.

He con­tin­ued: “The golf course is the only mu­nic­i­pal golf course in Kirklees and as such is fully in­clu­sive, af­ford­able and wel­com­ing.

“Golf is only a small ele­ment of the en­joy­ment gained from the area. The green belt area is very pop­u­lar with many lo­cal walk­ers and vis­it­ing groups who en­joy the beau­ti­ful scenery and wildlife. This in­cludes part of the Kirklees Way.”

Gary also ar­gues the devel­op­ment will have sig­nif­i­cant im­pacts on in­fra­struc­ture and traf­fic con­di­tions.

Peo­ple who have do­nated so far have left mes­sages of sup­port on the Just­Giv­ing page.

One wrote: “Thanks to all mem­bers of Bradley Park Golf Club who have given so much time and com­mit­ment to fight­ing this devel­op­ment for all of us.”

An­other said: “Keep go­ing guys. Do­ing a great job!”

At the time of writ­ing, the Just­Giv­ing page had reached £275 of its £5,000 tar­get.

To sup­port the ap­peal visit: www. just­giv­ing.com/crowd­fund­ing/ save­bradley­park

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