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Camperdown Golf Course will not be sold off for housing, vows Dundee council leader John Alexander

Dundee City Council leader John Alexander.
Dundee City Council leader John Alexander.

Camperdown Golf Course will not be sold off for housing, council leader John Alexander has pledged.

The council revealed this week it is planning to close the golf course and club, one of two municipal courses in the city, next year.

It will create a new nine-hole course and driving range at Caird Park golf course to compensate for the loss of Camperdown.

Councillors will be asked to vote on the proposal when its Policy and Resources Committee meets on Monday.

It is claimed the move will save the local authority almost £400,000 a year in subsidies.

Mr Alexander said: “Just to be clear, there will be no sale of the land for housing.

“It wouldn’t be supported by politicians. It wouldn’t be allowed under the covenant on the park and the people of Dundee would not support it.”

Council reveals plans to axe Camperdown Golf Course in Dundee

Mr Alexander said the council has already explored a number of options for the course and have contacted businesses like adventure park operators GOApe to gauge their interest in taking over the site.

He said: “Numerous options were assessed before getting here, including other models of delivery of golf, sponsorship, a Camperdown house/ golf course combination offering, contact with the golf ruling bodies and with local organisations. Sadly, none have come to anything tangible.

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“Separately, I still see a future for other forms of leisure. I contacted, for example, GOApe two years ago and we’ve contacted them again.

“In addition, we’re working on other proposals that if they come to pass, could make a significant cultural, economic and social impact.”

Camperdown Golf Course will not be sold off for housing, council leader John Alexander has said.

The council revealed this week it is planning to close the golf course and club, one of two municipal courses in the city, next year.

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It will create a new nine-hole course and driving range at Caird Park Golf Course to compensate for the loss of Camperdown.

Councillors will be asked to vote on the proposal when the policy and resources committee meets on Monday.

It is claimed the move will save the local authority almost £400,000 a year in subsidies.

Mr Alexander said: “Just to be clear, there will be no sale of the land for housing.

“It wouldn’t be allowed under the covenant on the park and the people of Dundee would not support it.”

Mr Alexander said the council has already explored a number of options for the course and has contacted businesses like adventure park operators Go Ape to gauge their interest in taking over the site.

He said: “Numerous options were assessed before getting here, including other models of delivery of golf, sponsorship, a Camperdown house/golf course combination offering, contact with the golf ruling bodies and with local organisations. Sadly, none have come to anything tangible.

“Separately, I still see a future for other forms of leisure. I contacted, for example, Go Ape two years ago and we’ve contacted them again.

“In addition, we’re working on other proposals that if they come to pass, could make a significant cultural, economic and social impact.”

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