West End Golf Club has approached Calderdale Council regarding an asset transfer application to use some of the land on Roils Head. Councillor Evans and myself attended a meeting with the club to understand what they wanted to do.
We agreed to carry out a bit of initial informal survey work with residents so we could find out what people think of these ideas. We believe it is important people have as much opportunity as possible to contribute their thoughts and views. We have been carrying out some door to door surveying work but we also thought it useful to create and online survey that residents we have not yet managed to reach can complete.
The club have agreed to listen to this initial survey and revise their plans if necessary. Once the club have formalized their plans there will be further independent public consultation on these proposals. We will also help arrange a public meeting where all residents can let their views be known. The final decision as to whether to go ahead with the plans will be made by the Cabinet of Calderdle Council. Cllr Evans and I will of course represent the views of residents to cabinet. The proposals would also likely require planning permission, and this would be a formal process in which residents would have the opportunity to engage in.
Below is a map of the proposals, and details out what the club believes to be the benefits to the community. You can take the initial residents survey on this proposal here –
HALIFAX WEST END GOLF CLUB
Community Asset Transfer
Application for the use of a portion of land on Roils Head – see map of the area and portion of land required in the Community Asset Transfer.
The land acquired will be used to create 3 new holes for Halifax West End Golf Club.
This would free up part of the present Golf Course for the creation of a Driving Range, with Teaching Bays, plus the creation of a Golfing Academy and a Mini Golf Course.
Benefits to Calderdale Council.
- The full area of Roils Head to be maintained by the Greens staff at Halifax West End Golf Club, making a considerable financial saving for Calderdale.
- Improvement to the environment with regular work being undertaken on the Moor to bring it back to its former state.
- At present the Calderdale area does not have a Golf Driving Range – golfers have to travel to neighbouring districts.
- The extension of the parking area at the club will ease the congestion problems on Paddock Lane at weekends and Golf Open Days.
Benefits for the Community.
- Golf encourages a healthy lifestyle for people of every age.
- Improvement of the Moor by creating designated loops for walkers and horse riders – linking these up with entrances at either side of the Moor
- Creating a Driving Range with Teaching Bays to be used by the Golf Club and the community plus a short game course which will enable:-
- ‘Passport to Leisure’ use to make it cheaper for Calderdale residents.
- Local Schools to gain free coaching.
- Short game course for beginners.
- Reduced rates for the local community, out of work, students at school, senior citizens on the Driving Range and the Mini Golf Course.
- Access to facilities at the Golf Club.
- Extra parking spaces at the club will reduce, and hopefully free, any parking on Paddock Lane.
- Quality coaching from 2 experienced and qualified Professionals.
- Links with Calderdale Police to create opportunities with the local youth.
Benefits to Halifax West End Golf Club.
- Creation of 3 extra holes.
- Creation of a Driving Range with Teaching Bays for the use of both members and the general public.
- Creation of a short game practice area for members and the general public who are starting to play the game of golf.
- Chance to develop our already positive Youth Policy.
- Chance to create a Golf Academy for Adult and Junior Golfers starting in the game.
- Improved facilities will enhance excellence in golf, particularly at Junior Level.
- About Halifax West End Golf Club
The Golf Club has at present:-
- The E.G.U. Golf Mark, with high achiever for Junior Golf / Ladies.
- Community Amateur Sports Clubs (C.A.S.C.) status.
- Extensive membership categories.
- Positive initiatives to integrate the ethnic communities.
- Initiatives to use golf to encourage a healthy lifestyle.