End of an era as Stoke-on-Trent sports venue bulldozed

End of an era as Stoke-on-Trent sports venue bulldozed

A golf course clubhouse left abandoned and derelict for more than 10 years has finally been bulldozed. Demolition crews have been tearing down the clubhouse at the former Goldenhill Golf Course, on Mobberley Road, this week. The Stoke-on-Trent City Council-owned 18-hole golf course was in use between 1983 and 2011, but the 120-acre site has faced an uncertain future since its closure. The council did agree a £205,000 deal to sell the golf course in 2019. But the agreement with a Birmingham-based firm to reopen the golf course fell through and the deal never happened. READ: Man who strangled and beat his ex sent her disturbing video In the meantime, the clubhouse has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour and fly-tippers, with travellers also setting up camp on the land. Gangs of up to 15 children have regularly got inside the building, climbed on the roof, and smashed the skylights. Now families are delighted that the building has finally been demolished. Resident Chris Heath, aged 36, said: “It’s better now because kids were in there with the noise and anti-social behaviour. It’s sad to see it go – but needs must. It was just kids being kids. We’ll get better views now.” Frances Moores said: “It was an eyesore with loads of teenagers gathering to throw stones. From this week, it’s looking better every day. The view will be much better.” It is still not known what will happen to the site. Councillor Dan Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The site has been a magnet for anti-social behaviour, which in turn is a drain on taxpayers’ resources. Whilst no decision has been made on the future of the site, we are pleased to have removed a catalyst for anti-social behaviour, and redirect those funds into other areas.” NEWSLETTER: Sign up for email alerts direct to your inbox READ NEXT… Police name man found dead in Burslem Stoke-on-Trent shop bounces back to reopen after Covid closure Bank Holiday opening times for supermarkets including Aldi, Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco Amazing family festival coming to Hanley this week – and it's free North Staffordshire pub once run by darts legend Phil Taylor set to reopen
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