Golf Consultation

Closed 18 Apr 2014

Opened 11 Mar 2014

Feedback Updated 1 Aug 2014

We Asked

We asked whether you thought the council should continue subsidising the two city council owned golf courses – Humberstone Heights & Western Park. This was in response to large cuts in government funding, which means the council is no longer able to continue running its current services in the same way.

You Said

We received a total of 2,773 responses. 90% of responses supported the continuation of the subsidy for golf courses, which in the year 2013/14 cost the council a total of £186,000. 84% of responses received were from individuals who used at least one of the council owned golf courses. 98% of those who used at least one of the council owned golf courses were in favour of continuing the subsidy, compared to 51% of those who did not use the courses. You can read a summary of the results at leicester.gov.uk/golf or pick up a copy from Customer Services, 91 Granby Street, Leicester, LE1 6FB.

We Did

There was sizable support for the continuation of the council’s golf provision. The continuation of a financially viable and effective golf provision was the council’s primary focus, and a number of possible options were carefully considered – including the closure of one or both golf courses. The council has developed a proposal which achieves the necessary budget cuts whilst continuing to provide a council-run golf facility. You can view our proposal and have your say at Leicester.gov.uk/golf-proposal. This consultation will run from Monday 28th July until Friday 24th October.

Results Updated 30 Jul 2014

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Overview

Leicester City Council is interested in your views. We would like to know if you think the council should continue to financially support the two council-owned golf courses in the city, Humberstone Heights and Western Park. Please read the following information and complete the questions on the link below.

Background

Leicester City Council owns and manages eight sport centres, an athletics stadium and two golf courses.

Sports services, including leisure centres, sports development and sport on parks, cost the council approximately £2.9 million each year in public subsidy.

However, large cuts in government funding mean the council is no longer able to continue running all these current services in the same way.

The council will be asking your opinion about specific elements of sports services. 

In this consultation – which runs between 11 March and 18 April – we would like to know if you think the council should continue to financially support the two council owned golf courses – Humberstone Heights and Western Park.

Golf

Per user, golf is by far the most expensive sports facility provided by the council and one of the least used.

Sports centres cost the council on average £1.68 per visit to subsidise, compared to an average of £3.60 per visit to the golf courses. Last year, the subsidy for Western park golf course was £6.95 per visit. This year the two courses have cost the council over £150,000.

On average 215,000 people participated in activities at each of the council sports centres per year - on average only 28,800 used each of the golf sites.

18% of the council’s sports centre members do not live in Leicester. 30% of the council’s golf course members do not live in Leicester.

The council’s sports centres have direct debit membership numbers of approximately 5000 people while the golf courses have a membership of 596 people – of whom about 45 are juniors and 30 are women.

Today, there are 16 other golf clubs across the city and county, most of which offer a member and non-member "pay and play" facility at competitive or lower costs than the council courses.

Why We Are Consulting

We would like to know if you think the council should continue subsidising the two council-owned golf courses in the city.

Please note: If you do not think the council should continue to fund golf that this may result in the council no longer providing either one or both golf courses.

Areas

  • Abbey
  • Aylestone
  • Beaumont Leys
  • Belgrave
  • Braunstone Park & Rowley Fields
  • Castle
  • Evington
  • Eyres Monsell
  • Fosse
  • Humberstone & Hamilton
  • Knighton
  • Rushey Mead
  • Saffron
  • Spinney Hills
  • Stoneygate
  • Thurncourt
  • Westcotes

Audiences

  • Children and young people
  • Working-age people
  • Older people
  • Carers
  • Full-time and part-time workers
  • Disabled people
  • Older households (65+)
  • Single people
  • Families with children, including lone parents
  • Couples
  • All households
  • Faith groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Youth clubs
  • Carers' network
  • Trade unions
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Community organisations
  • Self-help groups
  • User groups
  • Third sector infrastructure groups
  • All Voluntary and Community Organisations
  • Advocacy organisation
  • Police
  • NHS
  • FE colleges
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • All Public and Private Organisations
  • Directors
  • Heads of service
  • Managers, team leaders and supervisors
  • Professionals
  • All staff
  • Service users
  • Care home residents and their next of kin

Interests

  • Sports