QUESTIONS remain when the popular Sandbanks Crazy Golf course reopens after the BCP Board ‘refused’ to renew the lease from the previous operator.
The service has now been integrated, although no exact date has been set for it to reopen, with the council carrying out ‘essential improvement work’.
An email sent by the tenant to clients on Sunday, which was seen by the Daily Echo, said: “Great weather today for a crazy round of golf at Sandbanks, and last chance for a discount.
“Our lease expires today and the BCP Board has refused to renew it.
“Thank you for all the support over the years, and best wishes to all.”
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A BCP Council spokesperson said: “The lease agreement to operate Sandbanks Mini Golf recently expired and the decision not to renew has been communicated to the outgoing tenant with the appropriate notice period.
“The course will reopen before the main summer season, once some essential safety and improvement works have been completed and will be operated directly by the BCP Council.
“This will provide local taxpayers with a financial return and facilitate longer term investment options.
“Updates of work in progress will be posted on the council’s website and social media account.”
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BCP Council portfolio holder for tourism, Cllr Mohan Iyengar, was contacted by the Daily Echo but was unable to provide further information.
Former council leader Cllr Vikki Slade said she wanted to see the budget for the works and said it was important the price of the game was not increased.
She said: “I have been told that after the success of Smuggler’s Cove (at Pier Approach) they are looking to market it and make improvements.
“Smuggler’s Cove is so expensive that I want to know if what they do is affordable.
“Why were you closing two weeks before Easter and expecting it to be open for the summer?
“Why not run it internally as it is and make improvements in the winter?
“This is a popular and popular miniature golf course that provides an affordable attraction for visitors to Sandbanks.
“The fact that they are closing it to redevelop it worries me. That’s why I ask about how much they spend and if that will affect prices for the public.
“I think it will be really sad to see it fenced off and closed for the spring.”