The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf has written to Lewisham Council regarding the future of Beckenham Place Park Golf Course.
The course, which was the first ever public golf course in England and the only public course in central London, has been marked for closure by Lewisham Council as part of improvements to Beckenham Place Park.
In the letter Group Chairman Karl McCartney MP asks the council to reconsider plans to close the course, and to consider the health and social benefits that golf provides to the local community. The letter notes that “public courses play a significant role in offering access to golf for new players, and closure of the course will limit access to the sport, as well as opportunities for people to take part in physical activity and keep healthy.”
Responding to the letter, Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock stated that “the decision to close the course was made following a full consultation which included a detailed consideration of the views and interests of all parties, including those of golfers.”
Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf plan to visit the Beckenham Place Park in the coming months, to discuss the future of the course.
Click here to read Karl McCartney MP’s letter.
Click here to read Sir Steve Bullock’s response.