Views sought on loss-making golf course in Durham

People are being asked for their views on the future of a council-run golf club in County Durham.

Over the past four years there has been a decline in membership and usage of Roseberry Grange Golf Course, which is now running at a loss.

Durham County Council has to make budget cuts of £125m, and said that unless an alternative can be found it will close with the loss of six jobs.

A public consultation has begun and will run until 2 May.

'Limited resources'

Councillor Bob Young, cabinet member for leisure, said: "This is not a decision the council will take lightly but is one of many tough choices we will have to make in the coming months and years.

"We realise the golf club is much-enjoyed by the members and provides employment for six staff, however, financially we simply can't afford to subsidise it.

"We are very much hoping that, over the next three months, a viable alternative to closure will be found and it goes without saying we will support in any way we are able.

"However we have to use our limited resources to maintain front-line services as a priority."

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