Holes filled in with concrete as golfers play in Rottingdean

The Argus: Rottingdean Pitch and Putt course, the hole have been filled in with concrete. Cllr Lynda Hyde at a loss to why Rottingdean Pitch and Putt course, the hole have been filled in with concrete. Cllr Lynda Hyde at a loss to why

Golf is a hard sport at the best of times, but posting a decent score is even harder when there are no holes on the course.

This was the fate that Dave Walker and his friends found themselves in on Friday, January 4, at Rottingdean Pitch and Putt.

As they were teeing off they discovered a council worker filling in the holes with cement.

He said: “As one of seven senior citizens, we have enjoyed playing pitch and putt once a week at the Windmill course in Rottingdean over several years, enjoying the weekly exercise while we put the world to rights.

“When the lease expired and the course closed a couple of months ago, we continued using what we thought was now essentially a piece of public land owned by the Brighton and Hove council tax payers.

“Imagine our surprise at the petty-mindedness of the council when on Friday morning they dispatched a workman to fill the holes with concrete while we were playing.”

Mr Walker and his pals ended up hitting their putts as close to the concrete as possible, with any ball crossing the hole counting as in.

'Idyllic setting'

The Saltdean resident has been playing at the course for five years and said it would be missed.

He added: “It’s an idyllic setting up on the hill with the windmill.

“I think it is a bit petty by the council.”

A council spokesman said: “The tenant’s lease has expired and we’re currently negotiating with them on the next move.

“In the meantime the holes were filled in at their request as it is currently not available for play as it cannot be supervised.

“The course is closed for winter so local people would generally be aware it is not available for official play.”

'It's a disgrace'

But ward councillor Lynda Hyde has attacked the plans, claiming Rottingdean has been treated less favourably as it is on the “fringe”.

She said: “I think it is a disgrace.

“A lot of people, especially retired people, use that course.

“The Government is advising people to get out and take exercise – well, the course is well-used by residents as well as others.

“The residents put a lot of money into the council tax coffers and get this in return.”

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4:41pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Falmer Wizard says...

Its amazing how this Council works against its rate payers,however the current party must be working on borrowed time
Its amazing how this Council works against its rate payers,however the current party must be working on borrowed time Falmer Wizard

4:46pm Fri 11 Jan 13

fishy_face says...

A council spokesman said: “The tenant’s lease has expired and we’re currently negotiating with them on the next move.

“In the meantime the holes were filled in at their request as it is currently not available for play as it cannot be supervised.

The above reason does not hold water, if the lease has expired, the former lessee would have no rights to dictate the holes be filled.

I am pretty sure that any play, whether it is an OAP playing or a parent with their child playing, does not need to be 'supervised' by anyone but themselves.

I bet the Council will next say health and safety is the real reason so people don't fall in the holes, break an ankle and sue the council for negligence.

Shame on you Brighton & Hove City Council
A council spokesman said: “The tenant’s lease has expired and we’re currently negotiating with them on the next move. “In the meantime the holes were filled in at their request as it is currently not available for play as it cannot be supervised. The above reason does not hold water, if the lease has expired, the former lessee would have no rights to dictate the holes be filled. I am pretty sure that any play, whether it is an OAP playing or a parent with their child playing, does not need to be 'supervised' by anyone but themselves. I bet the Council will next say health and safety is the real reason so people don't fall in the holes, break an ankle and sue the council for negligence. Shame on you Brighton & Hove City Council fishy_face

5:52pm Fri 11 Jan 13

John Fallon says...

Jobsworths will always find new ways of making other people's days unpleasant.
Jobsworths will always find new ways of making other people's days unpleasant. John Fallon

5:56pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Martha Gunn says...

Please Argus do tell us this is an early April Fool.
Because, if not, this is yet another monumental milestone in the progress of the Green Party towards complete incompetence in running our city.
Please Argus do tell us this is an early April Fool. Because, if not, this is yet another monumental milestone in the progress of the Green Party towards complete incompetence in running our city. Martha Gunn

6:02pm Fri 11 Jan 13

pitb says...

It's happened at last - the inmates are now definitely running the asylum!
It's happened at last - the inmates are now definitely running the asylum! pitb

6:31pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Ouseler says...

I got quite excited when I read the greens were having their holes filled in, but I see it's the putting greens...Ah! well, we live in hope....
I got quite excited when I read the greens were having their holes filled in, but I see it's the putting greens...Ah! well, we live in hope.... Ouseler

7:47pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Roy Pennington says...

hole in one -- not.
hole in one -- not. Roy Pennington

7:53pm Fri 11 Jan 13

BornInBrighton1968 says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Please Argus do tell us this is an early April Fool.
Because, if not, this is yet another monumental milestone in the progress of the Green Party towards complete incompetence in running our city.
If all Brighton men and women of good character stand up against the Green Party, we could remove them from power in a matter of months.

Let us all stand together and remove the incompetent, ultra politically-correct Marxist Green loons from power!
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Please Argus do tell us this is an early April Fool. Because, if not, this is yet another monumental milestone in the progress of the Green Party towards complete incompetence in running our city.[/p][/quote]If all Brighton men and women of good character stand up against the Green Party, we could remove them from power in a matter of months. Let us all stand together and remove the incompetent, ultra politically-correct Marxist Green loons from power! BornInBrighton1968

8:07pm Fri 11 Jan 13

brighton-breezy says...

I would like to know the name of the idiot in council that though this was appropriate. I am reading this in total disbelief that our council, that is here to represent its community has decided that we are unable to play pitch and putt without supervision. I can't help but think that perhaps it is a ploy, so no one will use the land, it will become overgrown and a fly tipping dumping ground, and then the council will do the heroic thing by selling it off to a developer with the agreement they include half a dozen affordable homes in there plan, and the decision makers get a back hander.
I would like to know the name of the idiot in council that though this was appropriate. I am reading this in total disbelief that our council, that is here to represent its community has decided that we are unable to play pitch and putt without supervision. I can't help but think that perhaps it is a ploy, so no one will use the land, it will become overgrown and a fly tipping dumping ground, and then the council will do the heroic thing by selling it off to a developer with the agreement they include half a dozen affordable homes in there plan, and the decision makers get a back hander. brighton-breezy

8:17pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Nosfaratu says...

If this was 'France', they would have a 'Revolution', they would put up 'Barricades' and fight the unpopular regime that persecutes it's own people.

Men would die but the people would win in the end. I say to all B&H residents, man the 'Barricades', fight the 'Regime' that ignor's your protests, ridicule's common sense and waste's your hard earned tax. Lets boil the 'Greens'.

Sorry, just seen Le' Miserable's.
If this was 'France', they would have a 'Revolution', they would put up 'Barricades' and fight the unpopular regime that persecutes it's own people. Men would die but the people would win in the end. I say to all B&H residents, man the 'Barricades', fight the 'Regime' that ignor's your protests, ridicule's common sense and waste's your hard earned tax. Lets boil the 'Greens'. Sorry, just seen Le' Miserable's. Nosfaratu

9:02pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Idontbelieveit1948 says...

brighton-breezy wrote:
I would like to know the name of the idiot in council that though this was appropriate. I am reading this in total disbelief that our council, that is here to represent its community has decided that we are unable to play pitch and putt without supervision. I can't help but think that perhaps it is a ploy, so no one will use the land, it will become overgrown and a fly tipping dumping ground, and then the council will do the heroic thing by selling it off to a developer with the agreement they include half a dozen affordable homes in there plan, and the decision makers get a back hander.
Like your drift but suspect it is more likely to end up as the new traveller site - after all the poor dears need to have a nice view to wake up to !
[quote][p][bold]brighton-breezy[/bold] wrote: I would like to know the name of the idiot in council that though this was appropriate. I am reading this in total disbelief that our council, that is here to represent its community has decided that we are unable to play pitch and putt without supervision. I can't help but think that perhaps it is a ploy, so no one will use the land, it will become overgrown and a fly tipping dumping ground, and then the council will do the heroic thing by selling it off to a developer with the agreement they include half a dozen affordable homes in there plan, and the decision makers get a back hander.[/p][/quote]Like your drift but suspect it is more likely to end up as the new traveller site - after all the poor dears need to have a nice view to wake up to ! Idontbelieveit1948

9:20pm Fri 11 Jan 13

melfromhove says...

Idontbelieveit1948
Agree about the traveller site -maybe the holes were filled in to stop them tripping whilst running across the green with the lead from the church roof!
Idontbelieveit1948 Agree about the traveller site -maybe the holes were filled in to stop them tripping whilst running across the green with the lead from the church roof! melfromhove

11:11pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The mismanagement of services by this council is incredible.
We should all just stop paying our council tax until someone grabs the authority by the balls and makes it perform properly.
It's utterly incompetent.
The mismanagement of services by this council is incredible. We should all just stop paying our council tax until someone grabs the authority by the balls and makes it perform properly. It's utterly incompetent. Maxwell's Ghost

11:19pm Fri 11 Jan 13

NickBrt says...

How petty of the green council. If it had been a traveller site they'd have left the facilities and added to them. How come greens hate council taxpayers so much yet welcome travellers and protesters and fall over themselves to give them help support and money.
How petty of the green council. If it had been a traveller site they'd have left the facilities and added to them. How come greens hate council taxpayers so much yet welcome travellers and protesters and fall over themselves to give them help support and money. NickBrt

11:48pm Fri 11 Jan 13

martyt says...

brighton-breezy wrote:
I would like to know the name of the idiot in council that though this was appropriate. I am reading this in total disbelief that our council, that is here to represent its community has decided that we are unable to play pitch and putt without supervision. I can't help but think that perhaps it is a ploy, so no one will use the land, it will become overgrown and a fly tipping dumping ground, and then the council will do the heroic thing by selling it off to a developer with the agreement they include half a dozen affordable homes in there plan, and the decision makers get a back hander.
dont forget i would make a good pitch too pull a caravan on ,but then again the greens wont mind that !
[quote][p][bold]brighton-breezy[/bold] wrote: I would like to know the name of the idiot in council that though this was appropriate. I am reading this in total disbelief that our council, that is here to represent its community has decided that we are unable to play pitch and putt without supervision. I can't help but think that perhaps it is a ploy, so no one will use the land, it will become overgrown and a fly tipping dumping ground, and then the council will do the heroic thing by selling it off to a developer with the agreement they include half a dozen affordable homes in there plan, and the decision makers get a back hander.[/p][/quote]dont forget i would make a good pitch too pull a caravan on ,but then again the greens wont mind that ! martyt

2:01am Sat 12 Jan 13

Morgyn the Mighty says...

BornInBrighton1968 wrote:
Martha Gunn wrote:
Please Argus do tell us this is an early April Fool.
Because, if not, this is yet another monumental milestone in the progress of the Green Party towards complete incompetence in running our city.
If all Brighton men and women of good character stand up against the Green Party, we could remove them from power in a matter of months.

Let us all stand together and remove the incompetent, ultra politically-correct Marxist Green loons from power!
Please stop describing the Greens as Marxists. It's a silly comment that tarnishes and diminishes the rest of us anti-Greens who'd like to get rid of them.
[quote][p][bold]BornInBrighton1968[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Please Argus do tell us this is an early April Fool. Because, if not, this is yet another monumental milestone in the progress of the Green Party towards complete incompetence in running our city.[/p][/quote]If all Brighton men and women of good character stand up against the Green Party, we could remove them from power in a matter of months. Let us all stand together and remove the incompetent, ultra politically-correct Marxist Green loons from power![/p][/quote]Please stop describing the Greens as Marxists. It's a silly comment that tarnishes and diminishes the rest of us anti-Greens who'd like to get rid of them. Morgyn the Mighty

7:40am Sat 12 Jan 13

mimseycal says...

Ah well, the Greens, for all their lunacy, are not alone. I recollect a previous administration that thought tarmacking sandpits a few weeks before the summer holidays was the right way to go about things.

They managed to do two if memory serves me right, East Brighton Park and Mileoak, before an uproar in the Argus made them stop in their tracks.
Ah well, the Greens, for all their lunacy, are not alone. I recollect a previous administration that thought tarmacking sandpits a few weeks before the summer holidays was the right way to go about things. They managed to do two if memory serves me right, East Brighton Park and Mileoak, before an uproar in the Argus made them stop in their tracks. mimseycal

8:30am Sat 12 Jan 13

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

"It cannot be supervised". Well quite, heaven forbid that a group of adults could organise an informal game without killing anyone on the A259. Can't be too careful, if it saves one life, etc etc.
"It cannot be supervised". Well quite, heaven forbid that a group of adults could organise an informal game without killing anyone on the A259. Can't be too careful, if it saves one life, etc etc. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit

8:57am Sat 12 Jan 13

mimseycal says...

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit wrote:
"It cannot be supervised". Well quite, heaven forbid that a group of adults could organise an informal game without killing anyone on the A259. Can't be too careful, if it saves one life, etc etc.
It is more a case of if we cannot benefit from the putting green by getting rent from leasees, why should residents be allowed to have a free putt ;)
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit[/bold] wrote: "It cannot be supervised". Well quite, heaven forbid that a group of adults could organise an informal game without killing anyone on the A259. Can't be too careful, if it saves one life, etc etc.[/p][/quote]It is more a case of if we cannot benefit from the putting green by getting rent from leasees, why should residents be allowed to have a free putt ;) mimseycal

9:15am Sat 12 Jan 13

raymondo999 says...

Nosfaratu wrote:
If this was 'France', they would have a 'Revolution', they would put up 'Barricades' and fight the unpopular regime that persecutes it's own people.

Men would die but the people would win in the end. I say to all B&H residents, man the 'Barricades', fight the 'Regime' that ignor's your protests, ridicule's common sense and waste's your hard earned tax. Lets boil the 'Greens'.

Sorry, just seen Le' Miserable's.
Aux armes citoyens!!!
[quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: If this was 'France', they would have a 'Revolution', they would put up 'Barricades' and fight the unpopular regime that persecutes it's own people. Men would die but the people would win in the end. I say to all B&H residents, man the 'Barricades', fight the 'Regime' that ignor's your protests, ridicule's common sense and waste's your hard earned tax. Lets boil the 'Greens'. Sorry, just seen Le' Miserable's.[/p][/quote]Aux armes citoyens!!! raymondo999

10:21am Sat 12 Jan 13

jackthekipper says...

surely we can stand up and be counted and bring about a vote of no confidence in this lot before word gets round and we become a laughing stock for putting up with it.
just shows what thew council thinks of its citizens
surely we can stand up and be counted and bring about a vote of no confidence in this lot before word gets round and we become a laughing stock for putting up with it. just shows what thew council thinks of its citizens jackthekipper

11:32am Sat 12 Jan 13

Dealing with idiots says...

The vote of no confidence petition is out there on the B & H website. Paste this in and register. Alternatively email me on
greensoutnow@gmail.c
om and I can send you a poster and petition for you to copy and fill out.

http://present.brigh
ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP
etitionDisplay.aspx?
ID=360&RPID=6193661&
HPID=6193661
The vote of no confidence petition is out there on the B & H website. Paste this in and register. Alternatively email me on greensoutnow@gmail.c om and I can send you a poster and petition for you to copy and fill out. http://present.brigh ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP etitionDisplay.aspx? ID=360&RPID=6193661& HPID=6193661 Dealing with idiots

1:31pm Sat 12 Jan 13

BornInBrighton1968 says...

Dealing with idiots wrote:
The vote of no confidence petition is out there on the B & H website. Paste this in and register. Alternatively email me on
greensoutnow@gmail.c

om and I can send you a poster and petition for you to copy and fill out.

http://present.brigh

ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP

etitionDisplay.aspx?

ID=360&RPID=6193
661&
HPID=6193661
Have signed the petition and have got friends, relatives and family members to do the same
[quote][p][bold]Dealing with idiots[/bold] wrote: The vote of no confidence petition is out there on the B & H website. Paste this in and register. Alternatively email me on greensoutnow@gmail.c om and I can send you a poster and petition for you to copy and fill out. http://present.brigh ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP etitionDisplay.aspx? ID=360&RPID=6193 661& HPID=6193661[/p][/quote]Have signed the petition and have got friends, relatives and family members to do the same BornInBrighton1968

7:34pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Juleyanne says...

Perhaps this government has plans to build houses on it! no green space is safe!
Perhaps this government has plans to build houses on it! no green space is safe! Juleyanne

11:57pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Hove Actually says...

Kitcat care to explain this ridiculous action......no didn't think so
Kitcat care to explain this ridiculous action......no didn't think so Hove Actually

5:15pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Farouche says...

I totally support the council for filling in the golf course holes. It ain't a golf-course no more!

Go pay some money and join another golf club and stop wanting all your petty whims to be catered for
I totally support the council for filling in the golf course holes. It ain't a golf-course no more! Go pay some money and join another golf club and stop wanting all your petty whims to be catered for Farouche

6:54pm Sun 13 Jan 13

hove dweller says...

The course is closed. So why the sense of outrage? I don't get it.
The course is closed. So why the sense of outrage? I don't get it. hove dweller

8:07pm Sun 13 Jan 13

ARealBessie says...

Filling in little holes with concrete is probably the practice run for the big hole the council intends filling with concrete on The (new) Level.
Coming soon...
Filling in little holes with concrete is probably the practice run for the big hole the council intends filling with concrete on The (new) Level. Coming soon... ARealBessie

8:47am Mon 14 Jan 13

cwo1993 says...

Funny how they have time to fill these in properly, but not all the potholes!
Funny how they have time to fill these in properly, but not all the potholes! cwo1993

6:49pm Tue 15 Jan 13

mustaphaLeeko says...

wow, that's going to be REALLY difficult for people to remove, a round bit of cement from a round hole in the grass!

I wonder if the sales of barbecue tongs will go up locally? lol.
wow, that's going to be REALLY difficult for people to remove, a round bit of cement from a round hole in the grass! I wonder if the sales of barbecue tongs will go up locally? lol. mustaphaLeeko

9:59am Wed 16 Jan 13

BrightonNationalParty says...

we will be addressing this matter at the next meeting of the Brighton National Party in a few days and will let people know.
we will be addressing this matter at the next meeting of the Brighton National Party in a few days and will let people know. BrightonNationalParty

1:09pm Wed 16 Jan 13

toldsloth says...

We're saved - the BNP are on the case. Are the holes filled in with White concrete or a "mix"......
We're saved - the BNP are on the case. Are the holes filled in with White concrete or a "mix"...... toldsloth

11:15am Thu 17 Jan 13

ThinkBrighton says...

Pity the green idiots can't repair our roads just turn a PUBLICLY owned piece of land into nothing.
Just when we thought that "commy" style rule had been put to bed , up jumps the greens who do not give a fig about the people of Brighton, but want to cause as much mayhem as possible at the greatest cost.
Who will pick up the bill to reinstate the golf course, rectify the so called road improvements in Brighton and put right the other hair brained schemes THE PEOPLE OF BRIGHTON
It's now more than obvious that if you voted green you were either deceived or barking mad
Pity the green idiots can't repair our roads just turn a PUBLICLY owned piece of land into nothing. Just when we thought that "commy" style rule had been put to bed , up jumps the greens who do not give a fig about the people of Brighton, but want to cause as much mayhem as possible at the greatest cost. Who will pick up the bill to reinstate the golf course, rectify the so called road improvements in Brighton and put right the other hair brained schemes THE PEOPLE OF BRIGHTON It's now more than obvious that if you voted green you were either deceived or barking mad ThinkBrighton

11:16am Thu 17 Jan 13

ThinkBrighton says...

Pity the green idiots can't repair our roads just turn a PUBLICLY owned piece of land into nothing.
Just when we thought that "commy" style rule had been put to bed , up jumps the greens who do not give a fig about the people of Brighton, but want to cause as much mayhem as possible at the greatest cost.
Who will pick up the bill to reinstate the golf course, rectify the so called road improvements in Brighton and put right the other hair brained schemes THE PEOPLE OF BRIGHTON
It's now more than obvious that if you voted green you were either deceived or barking mad
Pity the green idiots can't repair our roads just turn a PUBLICLY owned piece of land into nothing. Just when we thought that "commy" style rule had been put to bed , up jumps the greens who do not give a fig about the people of Brighton, but want to cause as much mayhem as possible at the greatest cost. Who will pick up the bill to reinstate the golf course, rectify the so called road improvements in Brighton and put right the other hair brained schemes THE PEOPLE OF BRIGHTON It's now more than obvious that if you voted green you were either deceived or barking mad ThinkBrighton

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