Give your opinion on Middleton Park Golf Course

As mentioned in this month Advisors briefing, a consultation has started on how to use the course which was officially the South Leeds Golf Club and which has now been incorporated into Middleton Park.

Discussions have taken place between councilors from the Middleton Park and Beeston & Holbeck wards; the Friends of Middleton Park, Cycle Pathways CIC who operate Leeds Urban Bike Park and Leeds Hospital Charity on a range of terrain uses. Based on these discussions, a draft plan was developed and is currently the subject of consultations.

The plans fall into three main areas:

Plans for the Covid Memorial Woodland would use an area of ​​4.4 hectares (about a tenth of SLGC land) near the Park Woods estate. The wooded area will have a renovated circular path as well as more informal mowed paths. In addition to tree planting, the area could include a sculpture and ponds in a wetland.

The land will be leased to the charity by the council. Leeds Hospitals Charity will pay for the work through fundraising and in-kind donations from surrounding organizations. Leeds City Council will support the project throughout the consultation period and oversee site development, tree planting and ongoing maintenance.

Cycling paths CIC takes over the old club house and plans to place it in the center of an education and activities area. The area would be similar in size to the Covid Memorial Woodland and would be between Gipsy Lane and the Ring Road above The Links Estate. The area would offer activities such as climbing, cycling, cable cars, forestry school for children under 5, nature trails and natural play areas, it aims to:

“Giving the young people of South Leeds and their families the challenges and the ability to gain confidence by learning new skills, which are not normally readily available in the region. “

The remaining lands would see renovated paths, new tree plantings and rewilding programs. Five small car parks with 15 to 20 spaces will be built, subject to a building permit, next to the ring road to accommodate visitors.

To support the public consultation, three drop-in events will take place in South Leeds, starting this Saturday at the following locations:

Saturday August 7 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Middleton Park Visitor Center.

Saturday August 14 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Leeds Urban Bike Park.

Monday August 16 – 4 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. – Leeds Urban Bike Park and Lower South Leeds Golf Course site.

Representatives from Leeds City Council, Leeds Urban Bike Park and Friends of Middleton Park will be available to hear your views and answer questions. Anyone unable to attend can also make their views known through an online survey at: / SLGC21 /. The online survey is open until Friday, September 10, 2021.

You can view three full-scale plans showing the proposals on these links:

Global plan

Education and activities zone

Covid Memorial Forest

Councilor Salma Arif, Executive Member of Leeds City Council for Public Health and Active Lifestyles, said:

“We have worked hard to ensure that the initial proposals we put forward for the former South Leeds Golf Course site offer something positive and meaningful to visitors in an environment that will also offer a range of green benefits. . The proposal for a new memorial forest where loved ones can gather, reflect and remember those who have sadly passed away due to Covid-19 is also included and is an important part of the project.

“We really want to hear what the people of Leeds are thinking, which is why we have organized a number of drop-in events starting this weekend. The thoughts of the residents are extremely important to us and to everyone. contributing can be assured that every comment will be carefully considered before any final decisions are made. “

Middleton Park Ward Councilors Kim Groves, Sharon Burke and Paul Truswell said:

“We urge everyone to get involved in shaping the region for this generation and future generations by attending one of the drop-in events or taking the online survey. It is important that local people present their ideas for future uses of this large area of ​​the park.

“We would also be happy to hear their views on the proposals that have already been suggested by Leeds Urban Bike Park and the Friends of Middleton Park. The survey and the online survey will include visuals showing the site and the possibilities.

“We also look forward to hearing the views of the local people on the Leeds Hospital Charity’s proposal for an appropriate memorial to those people who sadly lost their lives during the pandemic, and to the continued heroic effort of the workers. front-line. “

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