Golf proposal

Closed 24 Oct 2014

Opened 28 Jul 2014

Feedback Updated 18 Dec 2014

We Asked

If you supported the proposal to close Western Park Golf Course and further invest in Humberstone Heights Golf Course.

You Said

In all 755 people responded to the consultation, of which 38 percent supported the plan to close Western Park golf course and invest in Humberstone Heights. Half of those responses came from outside the city; when the city responses were taken separately, 48 percent supported the council’s proposal, compared to 52 percent opposing it.

We Did

After considering many options, Leicester City Council has decided that Western Park Golf Course will be closed, with investment to improve and continue running the larger golf facilities at Humberstone Heights. On balance, having considered all the available evidence, it has been decided that this approach offers the best basis for Leicester City Council to provide and maintain sustainable high quality golfing facilities in the City.


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 that we cannot continue to run services as we do now. Golf receives the highest subsidy per visit of all the sports facilities provided by the council and has far fewer usages per year compared to leisure centres.

Earlier this year we asked for your views on whether the council should continue to subsidise the two council-owned golf courses; Western Park and Humberstone Heights. You can read a summary of the results online at or pick up a copy from Customer Services, 91 Granby Street, Leicester, LE1 6FB.

Why We Are Consulting

The first consultation revealed that there was sizable support behind the city council’s golf provision. We have listened to all views that were put forward and considered a number of possible options – including the closure of one or both municipal golf courses. The continuation of a financially viable and effective golf provision was the council’s primary focus.

As a result, the proposal we would like to consult on is to close one golf course and further invest into the other one. This would enable the council to continue providing a quality municipal golf course while also making the necessary budget savings.

The Proposal

We propose that the council continues to run, maintain and further invest in the golf course at Humberstone Heights and close the golf course at Western Park.

We will look to invest substantial capital into Humberstone Heights, providing the course with a refurbishment programme – enhancing the course’s quality along with improvements to existing club, bar and changing facilities.

Background Information

In the year 2013/14, the council subsidy for Western Park Golf Course was £123,000 and for Humberstone Heights Golf Course was £63,000.

Humberstone Heights offers golfers a greater range of facilities than Western Park. There are more members, season ticket holders and more casual users at Humberstone Heights than there are at Western Park, as well as more female members and more juniors. This enables Humberstone Heights to consistently generate more income, costing the council less money to maintain and operate.

Leicester City Council would like to hear from you on this new proposal. We will consider all ideas that are put forward before taking our next steps.

Please only complete the survey once. Multiple submissions may not be counted.





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