Staffordshire golf course has attracted rough sleepers

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham October 29, 2014 11:09

A former municipal golf course that was handed over to a trust in 2012 has attracted rough sleepers and drug users, according to local residents.

Cannock Park Golf Course was handed over to the charitable trust Wigan Leisure Culture Trust (WLCT), by Cannock Chase Council, in order to cut costs, a common move for municipal courses in the last six years.

According to regional newspaper the Express & Star, concerned neighbours of the golf course have contacted the paper and the council to state that the course now attracts rough sleepers and drug users. They want to know if the responsibility for the management, maintenance and security of the area is down to WLCT or the council, and what is being done to tackle the problems.

‘Residents are concerned about people drinking, drug taking and smoking cannabis and reports of homeless people sleeping rough on the course,’ stated the paper.

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Image of rough sleeper by Flickr user Blodeuwedd

Council spokesman Mike Edmonds said: “Cannock Chase Council has overall responsibility for the management, maintenance and security of all areas of Cannock park, including the golf course.

“The incident of persons sleeping rough on the golf course has been reported to the council’s homelessness team who are investigating this matter.”

Councillor Maureen Freeman added: “I was contacted by concerned residents who had witnessed people sleeping rough on the golf course. There was an increasing amount of rubbish appearing including alcohol cans and on my visit to the park last week I found a man and woman sleeping in the bushes.

“After speaking to various services at the council the rubbish has now been removed and the trees have been cut back. My main concern was that these people were using the area as a toilet and we have dog walkers and children using the park so something needed to be done to ensure the park is kept clean and safe.”

 

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham October 29, 2014 11:09
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