Open Letter to Medway

Dear Richard Hicks

Nearly three years on and the fate of Deangate Ridge Golf Club and Sports Facility is very much in the minds of local people. 

We are now approaching the end of the third year of the closure of the golf course and we can see the revenue deriving from the sports field and running track are diminishing despite the numbers of people actually using both. The main site is being used as a country park and the sports facility for organised and private recreational sport. 

We are suspicious of Medway’s intentions toward the facility for the following primary reasons. 

  • Medway HIF project team are proposing to build a new spur relief road through part of the site. 
  • As you are aware part of the old course and the wood adjacent to the sports facility form part of the Lodge Hill SSSI for Nightingale. We believe there has also been an ecological survey undertaken which has not been released.
  • The planning consent for temporary change of use is valid until 31 October 2021 for first floor of clubhouse building to office use and temporary use of former golf course car park for parking of associated office workers cars; minibuses; grounds maintenance equipment / vehicles and storage of 17 Shipping containers. No alternative sites have been announced or discussed in cabinet today.
  • In 2018 The Cabinet announced it would undertake an assessment of the siting for a new  sports facility. This today has not materialised.
  • In 1019/20 The cabinet announce a £150,000 study to ascertain the value of the whole site. 

As you are aware the Deangate community partnership are nominees of an Asset of Community Value registered by Medway Council for Deangate Ridge Golf & Sports Complex, Duxcourt Road, Hoo, Rochester the reasons for listing are registered as “The Council considered that the application and supporting evidence demonstrates that the use of Deangate Ridge Golf and Sports Complex furthers the social wellbeing and social interest of the local community current use of the remainder of the land is not an ancillary use. The evidence shows that the area plays a role in the community, providing an area for recreation. Accordingly the group has demonstrated that the land furthers the social wellbeing and social interests of the local community.” 

You will also be aware that The government will create a new £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help ensure that communities across the UK can continue to benefit from the local facilities and amenities that are most important to them. From the summer, community groups will be able to bid for up to £250,000 matched funding to help them to buy local assets to run as community-owned businesses. In exceptional cases up to £1 million of matched funding will be available to help establish a community-owned sports club or buy a sports ground at risk of loss from the community. This will help ensure that important parts of the social fabric – like pubs, sports clubs, theatres and post office buildings – can continue to play a central role in towns and villages across the UK. 

The Deangate Community Partnership is keen to take advantage of this fund and would welcome open discussions with you on the future for Deangate and request a virtual meeting where we can discuss the progress made so far and expand on aspirations.face

George Crozer

On behalf of

Deangate Community Partnership

12 Replies to “Open Letter to Medway”

  1. Me and my family often use the facilities on dean gate and also would love to use the golf course if it ever re opened

  2. Very well put George. I personally believe that the Deangate complex would now be used more than ever now with the growth of new properties and a larger community.

  3. I walk everyday at either the track or the golf course & listen to the birds whilst doing so the nightingales sound wonderful & I also hear woodpeckers . The last year I have watched both places get busier & busier & it is good to see . We need to keep this area for the local community & for the wild life

  4. I am not a public speaker, and have lived in Hoo for just over 3yrs. I came here from Dagenham, and in my view, one of the greatest assets of that area was the Chase and Eastbrook End Country Park. The park developed from and old gravel quarry, and over the years has grown into a place of beauty, and a wildlife sanctuary. Deangate has begun the evolution to a natural country park, with the wildlife becoming more abundant. The Peninsula does not need a new country park built on farmland, it already has one occurring naturally. Deangate.

  5. Medway Council and Alan Jarrett cannot be trusted in any way. They will deceive us yet again. Its obvious that the land is destined for housing.

  6. I moved to the village.about 4 years ago. We enjoyed football golf and my husband enjoyed a round or two with my brother in law. Was looking forward to walking up for a meal and drink in the evening only to find they close early. To me it looked like they were running it down. Then they closed it was devastated. This course is a valuable asset to the community and could do very well if run correctly. Golf course, crazy golf. Restaurant, club coffee bar. The uses are endless. Don’t let us lose this to more houses.

  7. George has my 100% backing with this communication with a council that never takes residents views into account unless they are the same as there own. A dictatorship.

  8. Totally agree all content, but in the light of Southern Valley golf course becoming extinct due to the Lower Thames crossing, it maybe should include Re-establishing The golf course

  9. With the amount of new housing in Hoo and surrounding area deangate golf course could a major accept to Medway Council as there are no local golf courses upchurch golf course had a massive intake of new members which could have gone to deangate

  10. Why would you get rid of an asset and then spend millions on making another one
    Mr Jarrett needs removed from the council as he’s so biased regarding the peninsula
    There’s plenty brown field sites in the Medway towns he could use
    One comes to mind GUN WHARF

  11. DeanGate sport complex land furthers the social wellbeing and social interests of the local community.”
    I could not agree more, we COVID and it’s restrictions we need more then ever a safe space where we can exercise.

  12. just leave dean gate to the villagers because they are more in tune with what the peninsula needs unlike the money grabbing council.

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