BUSHEY PRIZED COMMUNITY SPOT SHUT DOWN EARLIER THIS YEAR. LOCAL RESIDENTS STILL FEAR FOR ITS FUTURE.
A local focal point and well know community spot, The Bushey Country Club was shut down earlier this year in April by the local council. The reasoning for closure was due to a prolonged period of financial loss. The closure of the Hertsmere Borough Council run estate, which boasted a 9 hole golf course, driving range, restaurant, gym and function rooms, caused much opposition by the local community in Bushey.
It has now been announced that a new business will be moving into the empty Country Club site. A Wedding and Events management company will operate in the premises from the autumn while permanent options for the site are reviewed. Local residents still worry about plans for a future housing development on the site.
In July 2018 it was announced by The Executive at the council that the events management company will move to the site for the next “two to five years”. The company will allow other events at the site and also maintain responsibility for the golf course. However crucially, the golf course will remain closed.
Benjamin Stevens Sales Negotiator from the Bushey office, Robert Conway, finds the closure and the changes being made to Country Club upsetting, both for the community of Bushey, and for himself personally.
“Bushey Country Club was a real hub of the community and is sorely missed. My understanding was that after the closure, the land would be open to the public. I live very close to the course and every night I am there with my dog Amber. It’s a beautiful walk with a lake on the far side, you really felt you could be in the middle of the country.”
Robert, along with many other local residents in Bushey worry that despite this new announcement, the council will look to sell the land off for housing development in the future. This could be a catastrophic burden on all the local services in the area.
Robert continues “Personally I would be really upset to see it go if the land is eventually sold off, as it’s a place of natural beauty and a centre point for the area.”
Bushey has a strong supportive community with beautiful landmarks. It’s what attracts so many people to the area.
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