A ROW has erupted in one of Britain’s poshest postcodes following the council seized and then shut down a ridiculous golf system.
Sandbanks Nuts Golfing in Poole – a favourite of community footy hero residents Harry and Jamie Redknapp – was shuttered more than safety fears.
Outgoing operator Tony Unsworth, 70, designed the training course in 2003 but has now been driven out by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP).
It comes just weeks right before the bumper Easter season where by thousands pitch up and enjoy the 18-holer in Dorset’s exclusive neighbourhood – where residences sell for an normal £1.2 million.
The teed-off owner accused officials at the council of creating a “power grab” about the outrageous golfing course right after they refused to renew his lease.
The council have taken around the jogging of the rewarding business to have out “security advancements” and assure to reopen it by the summertime.
Mr Unsworth, who ran the attraction with his spouse, described the final decision as a “kick in the teeth”.
He stated: “When we made a decision to construct the website we experienced to combat like hell to get preparing authorization.
“I have recognised this was coming but I have been making an attempt to argue with them.
“They see anyone who has performed nicely out of anything and they assume ‘Oh chuck him out – we will have that.'”
Admirers of the class in Poole Harbour – which is one particular of the county’s most well known points of interest – fear that charges will shoot up when it reopens.
The considerations adhere to the council takeover of Smuggler’s Cove – one more crazy golfing system in Bournemouth – prices have rocketed due to the fact.
Whilst in 2018 the nearby council took around the working of a well-known miniature railway in Poole Park – the trains by no means ran all over again.
Vikki Slade, a area councillor and mom-of-4, stated she was “horrified” to listen to of the closure.
When she requested officers why they selected not to renew Mr Unsworth’s lease, she mentioned she was informed they had recognized the outrageous golfing as a “professional chance”.
She stated: “This seems to be about the in excess of-commercialisation of regular seaside things to do.
“It feels like they are exploiting everything they’ve bought to make as considerably money as they can.”
A spokesman for BCP Council explained: “The lease arrangement to operate the Sandbanks Mini Golfing has a short while ago expired, and the choice not to renew was communicated to the outgoing tenant with the proper discover period.
“The training course will reopen right before the main summer months season, at the time some important safety and advancement operates are carried out and will be operated immediately by BCP Council.
“This will present local tax payers with a economical return and facilitate longer term financial commitment options. Updates of the ongoing operates will be posted on internet site and on the council’s social media account.”
Harry Redknapp life in a £10 million dwelling around the course.