Swing vote: Election candidate tees off campaign to save Waterford’s public golf course
It has emerged that Waterford’s only public golf course, and indeed the only public golf course in the South East Region is under threat and there is pressure coming on the council to protect the facility.
Una Dunphy, the People Before Profit (PBP) candidate for Waterford has called on Waterford City and County Council (WCCC) to reject any proposal that would change the status of the Williamstown Golf Course on the city’s Ring Road.
It is understood the council are to hold a review of the facility, with the possibility of the lands being transformed back to parkland.
Ms Dunphy is against this change and said: “Waterford PBP call on WCCC to reject any suggestion to interfere with or undermine the status of the Williamstown Golf Course.
“The high quality 18 hole municipal course is much loved and used by local golfers, most of whom are workers on average incomes and pensioners.
“The reasonable annual membership fees as well as the modest walk-in green fee is much appreciated by this group.
“Our city is blessed to have a facility like this nationally renowned and highly regarded municipal golf course in a prime location in the city surrounded by a large number of densely populated housing estates and apartments,” she said.
Ms Dunphy wants to make clear that PBP are not against the development of more parkland, but feels it would be best served if the council looked elsewhere for suitable land.
“PBP are for the development of more parks, recreational and play areas etc, and have a proud record of seeking these, but interfering with the status and quality of this course would be a retrograde step.
“There are play areas in the Williamstown and Dunmore Rd area, including the nearby river walk and the wonderful Eco Park, which has easy car access via the ring road.
“PBP will launch an online petition demanding the status of the 18-hole course be maintained,” Ms Dunphy concluded.