Before Christmas the Rottingdean Trade, Business & Professional Association discussed the proposed plans for Rottingdean’s Pitch & Putt Golf Course in their committee meeting. To provide a balanced view for all interested parties, below is a copy of the letter sent by the association to the council which clearly sets out their position.
Rottingdean Pitch & Putt Golf Course
I am writing as Vice Chair of Rottingdean Trade, Business and Professional Association to express the unanimous concern of our committee meeting this week about rumours that the City Council plans to close the Pitch & Putt permanently and turn it into a nature reserve.
From a business point of view, this association believes that the village economy needs as many facilities as possible to attract visitors from outside. The loss of the Pitch & Putt, which has in the past been a very popular attraction, would not be compensated for by an extension of the existing Beacon Hill Nature Reserve.
This for two reasons:
1. That there is already a nature reserve on Beacon Hill and extending it is unlikely to increase visitor numbers significantly
2. As the first thing the visitor sees travelling east from Brighton to Rottingdean, a well presented and maintained sport facility is likely to create a better impression than a field of overgrown grass.
I hope that you will take this view into consideration when deciding the future of this facility. The RTBPA numbers some 70 members representing the majority of businesses in Rottingdean.
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