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Rottingdean pitch and putt put back on course
A popular pitch and putt course has been thrown a lifeline thanks to The Argus.
The Rottingdean course looked doomed after the former leaseholder decided not to renew its contract with Brighton and Hove City Council at the end of last year.
The Argus revealed earlier this month how the local authority had filled in the holes with concrete to stop people playing while it was shut.
The facility had been taken off the market because of a lack of interest and discussions had begun on whether to transform the site into a nature reserve.
But after a surge in interest following publicity in The Argus, the council has decided to put it back up for rent.
Ward councillor Lynda Hyde met with council officers on Friday, January 25, to discuss the future of the course.
She said: “Following the publicity in The Argus over the filling in of holes and the subsequent national press coverage, there has been a renewed interest in the course.
“I have been contacted by local business people who are very interested in submitting a bid.
“Due to the renewed interest and the earlier lack of information it has been agreed to market the course again.”
She said she was delighted with the decision and hoped the course would reopen with improved facilities.
On the market
She added: “The Argus are to be congratulated in running the story and therefore bringing the issue to the attention of their readers and even further afield. I thank them for this.”
The current leaseholder had decided running both Rottingdean and nearby Roedean Pitch and Putt was uneconomical and chose to continue with the latter only.
It had been marketed by estate agents Cluttons since October last year but had failed to attract much interest.
Prospective leaseholders would face a maintenance bill of £23,500 per year.
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