Leeds golf courses Middleton Park and Gotts Park face closure

Two council-run golf courses in Leeds could be closed, as the city says the running costs of £217,000 a year for the two sites are "unsustainable".

The courses, at Gotts Park and Middleton Park, have been under scrutiny since January 2013 when a decision on their future was deferred.

If they were closed Middleton Park would become an arboretum and Gotts Park a country park.

City officials are beginning a consultation on the proposals.

Councillor Mark Dobson, who is responsible for environmental issues at the council, said: "A public consultation has now opened on the council's proposal to close both Middleton Park and Gotts Park golf courses and I would urge anyone who wishes to have their voice heard to please do so before the deadline.

"Given the significant challenges that the council faces and the combined loss of both golf courses, which currently totals £217,000 per year, it is simply unsustainable and impossible for us to continue as before."

The city council runs two other courses, Roundhay Park and Temple Newsam.

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