Trafford Council urged to invest more resources into the pitch and putt facilities at Longford Park

As reported in the Stretford and Urmston Messenger June 25th 2009 by Robert Downes
A STRETFORD man has called on Trafford Council to rescue crumbling pitch and putt facilities at Longford Park before it’s too late.

Cromwell Road resident Mike Byrne says the 18-hole course is slowly becoming little more than an open space for dog walkers because of the council’s on-going neglect.

To make matters worse, he told SUM town hall gardeners have recently started using crude agricultural machinery to cut the grass, which as well as not collecting the grass cuttings, leaves deep tyre tracks across the green rendering it virtually unplayable.

“It’s a real shame,” he said.

“They may be cutting the grass but it’s no longer a pitch and putt.

“The last time they hired out equipment was in 2004, after that they stopped doing it. But they never advertised the facility and had no signs up elsewhere in the park saying it was open. There was no proper support given to the staff manning it.

“It’s strange because at Woodheys Park in Sale they have an immaculate pitch and putt facility staffed by two people.”

Friends of Longford Park say they have repeatedly asked the council to do something about the situation.

Stretford councillor Dave Jarman said: “It’s a travesty that they’ve not been maintaining it for the purpose it was intended but the Tory run council have made a lot of cuts, especially to parks.

“I think there’s a political side to it with a north/south funding divide in Trafford.”

Executive councillor for parks and recreation Jonathan Coupe said the council would be looking at Longford’s pitch and putt facility as part of wider work on the park.

“This green space has been used in recent years as a free facility for golfers to practise chipping and pitching, and we will take a look at its future as we work closely with the Friends group to maintain and improve Longford Park,” he said.

“There are a number of golf courses in Trafford, managed by the leisure trust, which are on offer for local people to use, and the main facility for pitch and putt is at Woodheys Park.”