Council could grant golf club long-term lease

THE future of City of Belfast Golf Club in Mallusk could have been assured for at least the next two decades.

The Times understands that at a special meeting of Belfast City Council's Parks and Leisure Committee on Monday, members agreed in principle to grant the club a 21-year lease on the site, subject to certain terms and conditions.

Such a move would allow club officials to move ahead with ambitious plans to build a new clubhouse and further develop the course.

The future of the course had looked in doubt when councillors were presented with a number of different options for the site, one of which was levelling the land and expanding the adjacent City of Belfast Playing Fields.

However, according to a council spokesperson, the committee agreed in principle to grant the club a 21-year lease, subject to the club presenting a sound business case for its plans to manage and develop the facility.

Commenting on the outcome of Monday's meeting, club President Peter Long said: "We are working on this with the council, and while we recognise that no final decision has yet been made, we look forward to presenting the council with our final proposals."