Plans by Wirral’s Labour Cabinet to privatise two of the Borough’s public golf courses have been called in by opposition councillors.
The Cabinet’s decision to proceed with the privatisation of The Warrens and Arrowe Park Municipal Golf Courses is now ‘on hold’ while the Environment Committee reviews the decision and challenges the evidence behind the plan.
The new Chairman of the Environment Committee, Councillor Chris Blakeley, (Conservative, Moreton West & Saughall Massie), said: “We had hoped the election results on 2nd May would have convinced the Labour Party that their plans for a millionaires’ golf course in Hoylake, while running down the council-owned golf courses, was a mistake.
“Instead, they are rushing to privatise the running of two of the Borough’s most-loved golf courses – in Wallasey and Arrowe Park – and throwing a third, Brackenwood, into doubt. Nowhere in the Cabinet’s plans are the detailed costings, risks or benefits to the taxpayer outlined.”
Councillor Ian Lewis, Leader of the 22 Conservative Councillors, added: “Yet again the Cabinet has failed to consult over their plans. It’s no use saying they will consult with users of the golf courses after a preferred bidder has been signed up – that just tells everyone it’s a done deal and any consultation would be meaningless. The Council has a legal duty to consult but they also have a moral duty to consult in a way that could influence the eventual decision.
“The Leader of the Council and his new Cabinet promised to listen. Less than a month into the new Cabinet and they’ve failed to do so. I very much hope the Environment Committee will give users of the courses at The Warrens, Arrowe Park and Brackenwood the chance to have their say and that the Cabinet will listen to what they say.”
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