Belmont Golf Club to close

Belmont Golf Club to close

Belmont Golf Club to close

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GOLFERS will be pitching in at Belmont Golf Club for the final time next month after its owners confirmed that it will be closing.

Golf Inns Ltd say that it is the result of many years of difficult trading and it has been unable to turn the business around.

The club will close permanently on March 1.

For more on this story, see Thursday's Hereford Times.

Are you saddened to hear about the closure? Do you regularly play golf at Belmont? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Call Paul Rogers on 01432 845883 or email paul.rogers@herefordtimes.com

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12:44pm Tue 14 Jan 14

bozzeyed says...

More houses to follow in its wake!!!!
More houses to follow in its wake!!!! bozzeyed
  • Score: 11

12:49pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Everywhere says...

bozzeyed wrote:
More houses to follow in its wake!!!!
Bozzeyed - you beat me to it , that was the first thought that went through my mind.
[quote][p][bold]bozzeyed[/bold] wrote: More houses to follow in its wake!!!![/p][/quote]Bozzeyed - you beat me to it , that was the first thought that went through my mind. Everywhere
  • Score: 8

3:29pm Tue 14 Jan 14

mizza21 says...

It is an obvious site for a housing development though.

I have never understood the business of golf. Whacking little balls with metal bats has never really appealed to me.
I am with Mark Twain on the subject.

Better than a housing development would be a farm. The land could be utilized for growing crops and keeping animals on that could be made into food items and sold in the nearby Tescos thus solving the local food crisis at a stroke.

What Hereford needs is a bit of this sort of Blue Sky thinking to get the locals of their backsides, out from in front of their tellys, up from their console games and out of bed.
Perhaps then we might not have the enormous expense of an obesity crisis.

Oh hang on. If we produced loads more food locally and Tescos was better stocked then food would be more cheaper and more widely available thus making the locals even fatter and lazier than before !!!

OK Scratch that.... Lets have a sports arena. Something that could appeal to all ages and would encourage people to get out in the fresh air and would provide habitat for local animals and nature..

I KNOW ....................
....GOLF !
It is an obvious site for a housing development though. I have never understood the business of golf. Whacking little balls with metal bats has never really appealed to me. I am with Mark Twain on the subject. Better than a housing development would be a farm. The land could be utilized for growing crops and keeping animals on that could be made into food items and sold in the nearby Tescos thus solving the local food crisis at a stroke. What Hereford needs is a bit of this sort of Blue Sky thinking to get the locals of their backsides, out from in front of their tellys, up from their console games and out of bed. Perhaps then we might not have the enormous expense of an obesity crisis. Oh hang on. If we produced loads more food locally and Tescos was better stocked then food would be more cheaper and more widely available thus making the locals even fatter and lazier than before !!! OK Scratch that.... Lets have a sports arena. Something that could appeal to all ages and would encourage people to get out in the fresh air and would provide habitat for local animals and nature.. I KNOW .................... ....GOLF ! mizza21
  • Score: 0

4:21pm Tue 14 Jan 14

fmrbill says...

what about a cycling veladrome ??? or have i missed the ball on this one (like my golf )and somebody already thought of idea !!!
what about a cycling veladrome ??? or have i missed the ball on this one (like my golf )and somebody already thought of idea !!! fmrbill
  • Score: -2

6:43pm Tue 14 Jan 14

bobby47 says...

There was never any need for this to have happened and the blame and closure of this business should be placed once again at the feet of Hereford Council.
Sometime ago a great deal of money was to be invested in this thriving business which would have seen the business expand, create jobs and provide Hereford with a much needed facility. The future looked bright until Hereford Council dug themselves into the planning and expansion application.
After the business jumped through the hoops to satisfy this bureaucratic Council monster, the whole thing fell apart when a planning application was refused because the premises is a listed building.
Instead, the investment ceased, the expansion of trade ended and the 'house' and its roof have fallen into a state of urgent repair.
The Council did this. They created it all. They feasted upon the shuffling of paperwork, they sucked the goodwill dry and devoured everything placed before them in their zeal to bloat their bureaucratic trough that sucks our wealth, hope and prospects dry.
This business died the day they phoned up the Council asking for a little help.
There was never any need for this to have happened and the blame and closure of this business should be placed once again at the feet of Hereford Council. Sometime ago a great deal of money was to be invested in this thriving business which would have seen the business expand, create jobs and provide Hereford with a much needed facility. The future looked bright until Hereford Council dug themselves into the planning and expansion application. After the business jumped through the hoops to satisfy this bureaucratic Council monster, the whole thing fell apart when a planning application was refused because the premises is a listed building. Instead, the investment ceased, the expansion of trade ended and the 'house' and its roof have fallen into a state of urgent repair. The Council did this. They created it all. They feasted upon the shuffling of paperwork, they sucked the goodwill dry and devoured everything placed before them in their zeal to bloat their bureaucratic trough that sucks our wealth, hope and prospects dry. This business died the day they phoned up the Council asking for a little help. bobby47
  • Score: 12

6:53pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Everywhere says...

Thanks Bobby for update - that's sad , appears no foresight on behalf of the Council.
Thanks Bobby for update - that's sad , appears no foresight on behalf of the Council. Everywhere
  • Score: 4

8:07pm Tue 14 Jan 14

mizza21 says...

Blimey Bobby.. that's so sad.
Blimey Bobby.. that's so sad. mizza21
  • Score: 4

8:52pm Tue 14 Jan 14

bobby47 says...

Hello Mizza. Enjoy the rugby Everywhere.
Hello Mizza. Enjoy the rugby Everywhere. bobby47
  • Score: 0

10:18pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Everywhere says...

Thanks Bobby, I'll try !
Thanks Bobby, I'll try ! Everywhere
  • Score: 0

9:24am Wed 15 Jan 14

MissInformation says...

Does anybody here know the difference between Hereford Council and Herefordshire Council? - it would appear not. I'm all for questioning bureaucracy when they have done something wrong, but the least that people do is make sure that they are questioning or blaming the right people.

What has this got to do with either council - its a private business and its failed.
Does anybody here know the difference between Hereford Council and Herefordshire Council? - it would appear not. I'm all for questioning bureaucracy when they have done something wrong, but the least that people do is make sure that they are questioning or blaming the right people. What has this got to do with either council - its a private business and its failed. MissInformation
  • Score: 0

11:53am Wed 15 Jan 14

bobby47 says...

MissInformation, The Council pull a lever. A lever that has an economic affect. By pulling the lever it either has a good outcome, little or nothing happens, or in this case a business is affected and it ceases to trade.
This Council pulled a lever that ended the Club's expansion programme.
Let me mention another lever they pulled. They purchased the Rockfield Road DIY business, destroyed the wealth it created, destroyed the jobs, flattened the place, created a car park and they used over sux million pounds if public money to achieve this.
There response to this calamity? 'We are comfortable about the entire process'.
This us why I blame the Council. They are entirely to blame for the demise of this Golf Club. On this occasion, not even market forces had an impact upon its decline. The Council strangled the life out of it.
MissInformation, The Council pull a lever. A lever that has an economic affect. By pulling the lever it either has a good outcome, little or nothing happens, or in this case a business is affected and it ceases to trade. This Council pulled a lever that ended the Club's expansion programme. Let me mention another lever they pulled. They purchased the Rockfield Road DIY business, destroyed the wealth it created, destroyed the jobs, flattened the place, created a car park and they used over sux million pounds if public money to achieve this. There response to this calamity? 'We are comfortable about the entire process'. This us why I blame the Council. They are entirely to blame for the demise of this Golf Club. On this occasion, not even market forces had an impact upon its decline. The Council strangled the life out of it. bobby47
  • Score: 8

1:13pm Wed 15 Jan 14

redyoll says...

like they are in the process of strangling the life out of town and county be it Hereford City or Hereford County Council still the same pot of ever diminishing money
like they are in the process of strangling the life out of town and county be it Hereford City or Hereford County Council still the same pot of ever diminishing money redyoll
  • Score: 3

1:33pm Wed 15 Jan 14

redyoll says...

Is it pure coincidence that the Home Farm Belmont PA for 85 houses has been refused by Appeal . A decision on costs to the Council have yet to be made. Both have happened in the last week This site I think adjoins the Golf Club. Is there a hidden agenda to this that we are not seeing? HT do not seem to have picked up the story of the Home Farm PA refusal yet.
Is it pure coincidence that the Home Farm Belmont PA for 85 houses has been refused by Appeal . A decision on costs to the Council have yet to be made. Both have happened in the last week This site I think adjoins the Golf Club. Is there a hidden agenda to this that we are not seeing? HT do not seem to have picked up the story of the Home Farm PA refusal yet. redyoll
  • Score: 6

2:00pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bobby47 says...

And the owners of this land will have to decide what to do. Do they sit on the land or do they sell it?
Of course the answer is they'll sell it. And who will buy this lovely land that is in such close proximity to where they want to build houses?
Well you can be sure that the purchaser will be a Housing Developer. Mind, the Housing Developer will not purchase this land unless they've done their groundwork. Not at all. They'll simply sit back, watch, wait and see if the land becomes available and before it does they'll have liaised with the Council and their contacts closely associated with the Council and if the feedback is good, and it will be, the land will be sold, acquired by Housing Developers and off we go again.
In the meantime, wealth and jobs are lost, our poor infra structure will have to absorb even more traffic, our kids will continue to leave because wages remain low, the Council will get more Council Tax in to sustain the high wage earners within the Council, the golfers will go elsewhere and spend their money outside of our economy and the bin men have to work harder to remove the rubbish of our rapidly growing cheap labour workforce.
Let nobody tell you that the Council had no part to play in this tragic tale of incompetence and shortsighted economics that brings nothing but misery to our once great City.
And the owners of this land will have to decide what to do. Do they sit on the land or do they sell it? Of course the answer is they'll sell it. And who will buy this lovely land that is in such close proximity to where they want to build houses? Well you can be sure that the purchaser will be a Housing Developer. Mind, the Housing Developer will not purchase this land unless they've done their groundwork. Not at all. They'll simply sit back, watch, wait and see if the land becomes available and before it does they'll have liaised with the Council and their contacts closely associated with the Council and if the feedback is good, and it will be, the land will be sold, acquired by Housing Developers and off we go again. In the meantime, wealth and jobs are lost, our poor infra structure will have to absorb even more traffic, our kids will continue to leave because wages remain low, the Council will get more Council Tax in to sustain the high wage earners within the Council, the golfers will go elsewhere and spend their money outside of our economy and the bin men have to work harder to remove the rubbish of our rapidly growing cheap labour workforce. Let nobody tell you that the Council had no part to play in this tragic tale of incompetence and shortsighted economics that brings nothing but misery to our once great City. bobby47
  • Score: 14

10:44am Thu 16 Jan 14

Hereford Voice says...

I am not into golf these day's but it is still sad to see this facility having to close.
I am not into golf these day's but it is still sad to see this facility having to close. Hereford Voice
  • Score: 4

6:59pm Thu 16 Jan 14

dodger3 says...

I like the occasional game of golf, and generally use the Council golf course on the racecourse or pop out to Bodenham, both charge reasonable fees for a round. Private clubs tend to be expensive to join, ie joining fees, annual membership and green fees, Was this the cause of Belmonts demise.
I like the occasional game of golf, and generally use the Council golf course on the racecourse or pop out to Bodenham, both charge reasonable fees for a round. Private clubs tend to be expensive to join, ie joining fees, annual membership and green fees, Was this the cause of Belmonts demise. dodger3
  • Score: 1

7:42pm Fri 17 Jan 14

JollyJesterTwo says...

Rumour has it the council wanted the club to fail and the home farm appeal as they want to use the land for tracking, which of course got the green light from the Tory government last week. No coincidence is there?
Rumour has it the council wanted the club to fail and the home farm appeal as they want to use the land for tracking, which of course got the green light from the Tory government last week. No coincidence is there? JollyJesterTwo
  • Score: 0

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