Six days left to have your say on the future of Stockwood Park Golf Centre
A public consultation over the future of Stockwood Park Golf Centre has just six days until it expires.
The plans have already proved highly controversial (see our previous story here), with vehement opposition against any proposal to close down the golf course.
An online petition to save it has already attracted close to 9,000 signatures and is continuing to grow.
The consultation itself has attracted around 3,000 comments so far and is part of a wider review of leisure facilities in Luton, according to Luton Borough Council.
A council spokesman said: "As there has been a decline in the use of the golf club in the recent years before the pandemic, the council wants to find out if there is enough demand for golf in the future.
"If that is not the case, then other potential opportunities will be explored which could mean a range of different leisure activities which could be accessible to everyone.
"This could mean the extension of Stockwood Park into the areas currently occupied by the golf centre which could open the park up for more general and informal family leisure activities in a semi-natural setting.
"Some initial ideas the council is asking for views on include nature and cycle trails, a picnic area, a sensory garden, as well as adventure golf and an outdoor gym.
"People are also being encouraged to give any other ideas they may have for the space."
The green space at Stockwood Park is classified as protected land and there are no proposals for using the park for alternative types of development, such as housing.
Cllr Hazel Simmons, leader of the council, added: “We know the strength of feeling on this consultation so I want to reassure people again that we haven’t made a decision yet. A range of views and proposals have been put forward as part of the consultation – both from golf club users and supporters, as well as from those who would like to see alternative leisure activities for the space that would appeal to a wider group of users.
”As many views as possible are being sought to determine the best future use for this site so please give your thoughts before the consultation ends.”
The consultation runs until 22 March and the findings will be analysed and reported to the council before a decision is made.
To go to the consultation, visit www.luton.gov.uk/letstalk.