For those who determined to vote for the council proposal, as 219 of you probably did final week (solely 43 in opposition to), to depart your golf course and successfully give the council the inexperienced mild to cowl it with homes, I ponder if you happen to can be so form as to reply one easy query that’s baffling me within the city: Why?
You’re fortunate sufficient to play on a course with copses of established timber and one which is a well-liked hangout for deer.
Why would you resolve you need this inexperienced ‘lung’ of the city centre to be bulldozed down and homes to be constructed there as an alternative?
You’ve paved the best way to your superbly tended grassy fairways to be became tarmac.
I’m certain you could have some causes and the £16m from RBWM will little doubt have been a think about your resolution.
What would you like accomplished with this cash? There appear to be three choices that I can see.
Firstly, are you hoping they’ll divvy up the money between the members, which I anticipate is what a lot of you’re eagerly anticipating, salivating on the considered a pleasant ‘free’ all bills paid vacation and a brand new kitchen.
Golf membership members are typically comparatively effectively off and this cash is unlikely to be wanted for necessities however we’re all responsible of greed every so often.
Nonetheless, a MGC member has advised me that a part of the structure of MGC is ‘to offer golf’, which means that they need to transfer to new premises with the windfall.
This you will do in considered one of two methods.
You might purchase an current golf membership, like Winter Hill or Chicken Hills as an illustration.
While this may increasingly look like a comparatively easy resolution, what occurs then to all of the individuals who get pleasure from these amenities now?
The third and last resolution I can see is that you simply purchase a brand new plot of land and develop it right into a golf course.
This creates many difficulties, nonetheless.
You’d assume that the membership is drawn from a radius of a circle round Maidenhead. So the place may this new course be?
Whichever approach it strikes from its present location, it’s going to make it additional away so much less accessible for some.
Extra considerably although, you possibly can’t simply purchase a plot of land and magically, hey presto, flip it right into a golf course in a single day, notably if you’d like considered one of any high quality.
MGC’s web site is 150 acres so think about the work concerned and the time that would want to elapse for timber to mature and for the course to develop.
To me that is the least abhorrent of the three options, however why would your members vote to maneuver out of a good looking course, in favour of hitting woods and irons in a large subject?
There actually should be one thing that I’m lacking.
Maybe RBWM have MGC by the brief and curlies with the specter of obligatory buy?
One thing has made greater than 80 per cent of you suppose that sticking your golf equipment within the boot and driving away without end is basically the perfect resolution.
So please, I ask the 219 of you, yet another time, to please clarify what had been your causes?
That is simply so the individuals who dwell amongst you possibly can perceive why you’ll vote for extra visitors and an much more overstretched infrastructure.
It makes little sense to me.