Seafront attraction scores with six potential bidders

PUBLISHED: 14:35 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:35 25 January 2013

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SIX interested parties have come forward to say they would like to run a new adventure golf course on Weston seafront.

The Mercury exclusively revealed last month how the attraction could soon take a prime spot on the Beach Lawns.

Carter’s Steam Fair and the log flume will not return to Weston seafront this year, but instead the adventure golf course will take their place near the Grand Pier.

The contract for running the attraction went out to tender and six expressions of interest were received by the closing date of January 14

North Somerset Council was originally planning for an American-style adventure golf attraction to go at the Royal Sands end of the seafront, but decided against the idea following objections from neighbours.

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

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 until neighbours objected last year.

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.

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

The plans for the adventure golf course will be considered further at a meeting of North Somerset’s full council next month.

n The decision to scrap the proposals for the site near the Royal Sands has been welcomed by members of Weston Civic Society. They said the idea ‘ought never to have been dreamed up’ – but now they want to see the more gentile putting green revived.

In its Weston View newsletter, the society says: “Successful campaigning has persuaded the council that turning over the leafy and peaceful Beach Lawns Putting Green to American-style ‘adventure golf’ is very far from a locally acceptable use of the site.

“Something brash is still planned for further north on the Beach Lawns, where it could, after all, turn out to be slightly more in keeping than a log flume, but would still be a permanent invasion of yet another section of the Beach Lawns.

“In the meantime, is it possible to hope that the original putting green could revert to its traditional use with all its much-loved trees and bushes in a calm atmosphere?”


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