Following promises that Amity Hospitality remained "fully committed" to working with council officers to partially re-open part of the axed and overgrown Camperdown Golf Course, it has now come to light that Amity have withdrawn from that commitment, leaving plans for the return of golf to Camperdown up in smoke.
This was revealed recently at Climate, Environment and Biodiversity Committee meeting where Councillor Daniel Coleman, local councillor for the Strathmartine area that includes Camperdown, pressed council officers for an update on the situation. Councillor Coleman welcomed the £30k spend that came before councillors for approval in relation to security and stopping fly tipping. However, Coleman said it is a minor issue compared to the complaints he is continually getting from constituents about the sad state of the former golf course which has been left to go to rack and ruin.
Councillor Coleman said:
"I am extremely frustrated that plans for a 9 hole golf course are not going ahead at this time. The most recent public statement was that Amity Hospitality remained fully committed to the project and that a 9 hole golf course was viable. Following the revelations at the committee meeting, I will be discussing the situation with the Director of City Development and ask when it was known the project had failed and why it was not declared before now. I will also be enquiring what positive action is being undertaken to source an alternative private sector operator.”
"Both constituents and citizens city wide had told me they looked forward to the opening of the 9 hole golf course and proposed state of the art driving range, 18 hole putting course and possibly a cafe in Camperdown House. Officers have advised that they continue to market the golf course but I would like to know why these plans fell through and why the public was not notified of it.”
"Whilst I understand there are difficulties in types of developments that can take place due to the Grade A listed nature of Camperdown House, it is very disheartening to see further delay on revitalising this part of Camperdown Park.”
"Frankly, we would not be in this mess if the SNP council administration had not taken the unfortunate decision to axe the council’s own golf course during the last council term."