Henley Town Council Members of the Recreation and Amenities Committee recommended that up to £250k from capital expenditure should be earmarked for the development of the putting green at Mill Meadows into an all year round adventure golf course.
The final specifications and recommendations on a preferred contractor would be recommended by the Putting Green Working Group. The PGWG will decide whether it will be a 9-hole or 18-hole course. Initial costs and incomes were presented in a report to the Committee based on information from other Councils and operators and the cost per person of between £5-8 per person. The projected income would see the investment repaid within 2-3 years.
Previously, the putting green has only opened in the summer months and the income has only been around £1,000 per annum.
Henley Mayor, Councillor Ken Arlett requested that he would like to see a more detailed expenditure report which covers staffing. Deputy Mayor, Councillor David Eggleton suggested that volunteers could be used to manage the site and research on this should be carried out. Chair of the R&A Committee, Councillor Kellie Hinton wanted to understand the capacity/number of people who could play at once on the course.
It is hoped that the construction of the new course would be able to take place in the winter of 2021, in order to open in spring
2022. However, this may be able to be accelerated sooner.
Town Clerk, Sheridan Jacklin Edward said, “I am waiting for some more information on income/costs from Councils who have established courses and the costs so far include a member of staff which would mean that we could also operate a satellite Information Visitor Centre there too which I know many Councillors would like to see there again.”
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