David Wybar, Secretary Aldeburgh Golf Club, Open Floor Hearing 5 (OFH5), Friday 6 November 2020

The three points were

  1. Environmental impact on our special maritime heathland landscape – bearing in mind the Club’s focus on the environment as evidenced by our winning the national Environmental Golf Course of the Year Award in 2019

  1. Safety – the danger of crossing the Saxmundham Road to gain access to/from our 9 hole River Course and practice facilities. With between 100 and 150 road crossings per day during the summer months by golfers aged 2 to 92, the increased traffic and heavy traffic proposed by the scheme will make this significantly more dangerous than at present  

  1. Economic benefit under threat if the scheme goes ahead and reduces footfall to Aldeburgh. With 1,000 members and a further 3,000 visitors annually, the golf club provides significant economic benefit to Aldeburgh and the surrounding area. A sports survey for another region estimated that visiting golfers‘ secondary spend in the area is approximately £50 per head not counting the green fee payable to the Club. As a top club in the country which hosts national events for England Golf and international events for The R&A, Aldeburgh attracts visitors from far and wide.      

David Wybar

Secretary, Aldeburgh Golf Club

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