Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Two Guernsey politicians oppose third golf course plan

An interesting read on agriculture land conservation vs development!
Land at La Ramée in Guernsey  
The land at La Ramee would be turned into an 18 hole golf course

Plans for a third 18-hole golf course in Guernsey have been formally opposed by two politicians.
Deputies Tony Spruce and Robert Sillars filed an amendment against the creation of a course on former greenhouse and farm land at La Ramee in St Peter Port.

Deputy Spruce said the plans represented a conflict between the search for a new golf course and the need to retain land for agriculture.
He said: "We feel it's essential agricultural land... is protected."
Deputy Spruce said: "To move another 150-odd acres of land from agriculture or dairy farming over to a golf course is just a step too far."

Environmentally friendly

However, the plans have been supported by Deputy Ivan Rihoy.
He said: "Environmentally it would make the area fantastic. Golf courses are really environmentally friendly."
Deputy Spruce's amendment, seconded by Deputy Sillars, suggests preserving La Ramee exclusively for agriculture.
It will be put to the States in the November meeting as part of a debate on the government's strategic land use plan.
Guernsey currently has two 18-hole golf courses, situated at L'Ancresse and La Grande Mare, as well as a smaller course at the St Pierre Park hotel.

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