Forum 10th March 2020
104 members attended the Forum. Mel Jones, Hs2 Chair, introduced Bob and Jon Hunt from International Design Group who have been working tirelessly for the Club, alongside the Hs2 Committee and Board of Directors, to reach our current position which we are excited to share with you. A summary of the Q&A from the Forum will be published shortly. Please click here to see a copy of the Presentation. A video showing the new holes is also available please click here.
Member’s Forum Tuesday 10th March at 7pm in the Clubhouse
Following the Government’s decision to grant the go-ahead for HS2, we have been trying to meet HS2 to gain assurances about the Club’s future including the continuity of an 18-hole golf course. Additionally, we have been seeking to meet our new MP Theodora Clarke.
We consider this an opportune time to update Members on the current situation and in this respect we propose to hold a further Forum. The evening will include a presentation from our professional advisors, International Design Group, to give you as much information as possible and answer as many questions as we are able.
Please make every effort to attend.
Update 24 January 2020
A number of members have recently enquired about the Club’s position with regards to HS2.
Since our last update there has been no change in our position. The Government was suspended approximately one month prior to the General Election and since then HS2 has gone into hibernation.
We believe they are awaiting the publication of the independent review into the HS2 programme led by Douglas Oakervee. This report was due to be published in November and is expected to be released within the next ‘few weeks.’ That said press speculation suggests that amendments to the scheme could be made or that the report may be delayed further.
We will update you further as and when we are able.
HS2 UPDATE 15 November 2019
The rumours about cancellation, postponement and amendment continue. However, to date no changes have been announced and therefore we have continued to engage with HS2 and seek to secure a sustainable future for our Club.
In our last Update we explained our intention to “continue the fight” by lodging a Petition for consideration by the House of Lords Select Committee (SC). A Petition was lodged and the SC was due to be heard on Thursday 7th November. The General Election announcement has now put this stage of the process on hold until the new Government decides whether or not to proceed with the Bill. This means that any Lords SC will be unlikely to convene before the New Year.
UPDATE 8TH JUNE 2019
Further to our Hearing before the Select Committee on the 8th May, they have now issued their Report.
We are very disappointed with their conclusions which support HS2’s proposal in the Additional Provision 2 (AP2) to include land around the Club to reconfigure the course at Ingestre.
We remain convinced that the total relocation of our golf club would be the most financially viable option for the tax payer and one which would secure both the jobs of our staff and create a new course with a long term future however we will explore HS2’s proposal to ascertain its viability and suitability, though we still believe that they have grossly underestimated the costs.
Please be assured that we will continue to strive to achieve the best possible outcome for our great Club and, as always, your support is greatly appreciated.
However, it must be noted that doubts over the future of HS2 continue as reported in the press. A statement from the Club has been requested by the Mail on Sunday as they are doing an article on the effect of HS2 on golf clubs across the country. This is expected to be in tomorrow’s paper and is in line with this statement.
SELECT COMMITTEE HEARING
WEDNESDAY 8TH MAY 2019
Mel Jones (Hs2 Committee Chair), Geoff Matthews (Hon Secretary), Tim Furnell (Hs2 Committee) and Sarah Sharp (Club Manager) went to the Select Committee Hearing to discuss our petition against the Additional Provision in the High Speed Bill which includes land around the Club to reconfigure the course at Ingestre and our preferred option of relocation.
The Select Committee will now deliberate in private after which they will make an announcement.
26th February 2019 7pm