Thousands to be spent on clubhouse design

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THOUSANDS of pounds will be spent on the cost of developing a detailed design for a new golf clubhouse in Seaford.

The town council agreed the figure of around £60,000, despite some objections from members who said thousands had already been spent before any building work had taken place.

The long-awaited new clubhouse and function facility at Seaford Head Golf Course was given the go-ahead in June and earlier this month councillors discussed the fee for a detailed design.

The money will come from the General Reserve and the report to town council said to take matters forward so an accurate build cost can be approved, detailed design now needed to be carried out.

Council leader Ian White backed the proposal, adding, “We’ve had an indication from the contractors that they would be prepared and ready to start work on the new site on October 1st this year.

“I recommend we accept all these recommendations.

Councillor Sarah McStravick asked for the new design to incorporate better disabled access and Councillor Bob Allen said he backed Cllr White’s proposal.

However, Councillor Maxine Buck, speaking on behalf of fellow independent Councillor Sylvia Dunn and UKIP Councillor Alan Latham, asked for her colleagues to defer a decision.

She said the business plan lacked important information and needed updating before councillors agreed to the cost.

In her statement, she added, “We agree that the Seaford Head Golf Course is a valuable asset of the town which should not be put at risk through a hurried redevelopment programme lacking the necessary professional input.

“Not withstanding issues concerning rise of the precept via the General Reserve for this purpose, the additional £59,775 proposed brings the total pre-build sum to £100,000.”

She added that information about loss figures and cash flow forecasts needed to be included.

However, members agreed to approve the figure.