Prime Beach Lawns spot for adventure golf course

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 December 2012

It is hoped the new course will go near the new Premier Inn and the Grand Pier

It is hoped the new course will go near the new Premier Inn and the Grand Pier

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CARTER'S Steam Fair and the log flume will not return to Weston seafront next year - instead an adventure golf course will take their place in the centre of the Beach Lawns.

The Mercury can exclusively reveal that North Somerset Council has decided against putting the new golf attraction near Royal Sands following objections from neighbours.

Instead, it has put the opportunity back out to tender and intends for the adventure golf course to go in a more central location towards the Grand Pier.

The putting green near Royal Sands will stay where it is and the local authority is seeking a new operator.

The Weston Miniature Railway and putting green, which had been on the Beach Lawns under operator Bob Bullock since 1984, was set to be handed over to Golfantasia Ltd.

It was set to replace the putting green with an 18-hole adventure golf course and miniature railway for the next 25 years after North Somerset Council approved its application for the tender earlier this year.

But the adventure golf attraction has gone back out to tender by mutual consent after negative feedback from people living nearby.

North Somerset and town councillor Clare Kingsbury-Bell said: “We have had lots of concerns raised from residents keen to know what is happening with the attraction and get the right facts out there.

“We’ve sent a letter to them all to let them know what’s happening and would welcome their thoughts.

“We are happy to take forward any queries or concerns.”

Expressions of interest need to be received by January 14.

The contract for the new attraction would be for 25 years and is set to start in March.

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