Labour call-in course de­ci­sion

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Med­way Labour has ‘called-in’ Med­way Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to close Dean­gate Ridge golf course.

The Labour Group has ex­er­cised its right to ‘call-in’ the de­ci­sion, which asks for it to be looked at once more in an Overview and Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee meet­ing at a date still to be con­firmed.

Med­way Coun­cil de­cided to close the course for fi­nan­cial rea­sons at a Cabi­net meet­ing on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 6, de­spite there be­ing more than 100 pro­test­ers against it out­side Med­way Coun­cil of­fices in Gun Wharf, Chatham.

Cllr Andy Stamp, who called for the de­ci­sion said: “Whilst Med­way Labour Group is not op­posed in prin­ci­ple to Dean­gate Ridge be­ing part of a sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment strat­egy for Hoo, Med­way’s rul­ing Con­ser­va­tive Coun­cil­lors have acted ap­pallingly.

“They are treat­ing the peo­ple of Hoo with ut­ter con­tempt over this is­sue.

“The site has been run as a golf course for 40 years but the Con­ser­va­tives de­cided to close the course just a week af­ter mak­ing their plans public – within six weeks it will be his­tory. “There’s been no con­sul­ta­tion.” Leader of Med­way Coun­cil and the Con­ser­va­tive Group, Cllr Alan Jar­rett, said Labour was mak­ing a “shal­low at­tempt at po­lit­i­cal point scor­ing”.

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