Working for the people of Havering
Despite the worsening condition of the mini golf course in Hall Lane, Upminster, the Conservative Administration have turned down a request for much needed investment.
The course, which belongs to the Council, is open seasonally at weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, however the condition of the course has deteriorated significantly over recent years.
Cllr Clarence Barrett (Cranham, RA) raised the issue of investment at Full Council last week only to be informed that there is no money available.
Cllr Barrett said: "This is a great community asset which should be enjoyed by young and old alike. Without a moderate degree of investment it will become even more run down, attracting fewer users and placing its long term future as green and open space in jeopardy.
"Anyone passing the course would not know it was there because there is no decent signage, no promotion, no marketing and, if this carries on, no future.
"The facility includes a crazy golf course which is in an appalling condition, in fact it is difficult to know where the crazy golf ends and the mini golf begins!.
"The Council say they have no money but there was a reported revenue under-spend of £6.7 million last year and it would be entirely reasonable to use some of that. The course needs investment to generate interest and increase usage, this is not only an investment in a business, but an investment in our green and open spaces which we must protect for future generations."