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Open Letter sent to Cabinet

Dear Cllr Jarrett and Members of the Cabinet
It is with great anger that the people of the Hoo Peninsula have learnt of the proposed closure of Deangate Ridge Golf Course on 31 March 2018, to be decided by Medway Council’s Cabinet on 6 February (Gun Wharf, 5.00pm). We have also seen the proposal by your Assets Department on your website that it be sold to make way for 1,600 houses.

You are due to consult the people of Medway on your new draft Local Plan from 16 March-11 May this year, details of which are not yet published nor, we understand, available to councillors. It therefore seems wholly inappropriate that the fate of such a major, public-owned resource should be determined immediately prior to this defining consultation for Medway. We are left to presume that development of the golf course does indeed figure strongly in your housing plans, and that seeking to close it prior to the public consultation is no accident of timing but a way of sealing its fate prior to us having our say.

We are therefore urging all members of Cabinet, as a matter of democracy, to delay any decision about the golf course and to allow it to remain open until the public has had a chance to see and comment on the draft Local Plan. Surely we, the people of Medway, deserve to have the chance to offer our views on how a valuable asset that we effectively own might feature in our future?

Yours sincerely

George Crozer
Chair, High Halstow Parish Council

John Tildesley
Chair, Hoo St Werburgh Parish Council

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One Response to Open Letter sent to Cabinet

  1. High Halstow Parish Council says:

    ’’m going to the Cabinet meeting of Medway Council on Tuesday 6th February 5.00pm in protest against the Proposed Closure.

    Medway Council are intent on solving their housing problem here on the Peninsula.

    This will start by selling the peninsulas largest Public asset to developers. Deangate Ridge is just emerging from a decade of inward investment of Public money as a first class golfing and sports facility.

    If you can’t come on Tuesday I understand. We all have lives to lead. What you can do that will make a positive difference is to write and ask cabinet to postpone their decision until later to give you chance to have a proper say.

    Lots of people have asked for the right email address of cabinet members. copy these and paste into
    To:- box alan.jarrett@medway.gov.uk

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