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Yorkshire Water and Drainage Update – 23rd November

Members will be aware we have had massive drainage issues at the top end of the Course, particularly in the area from the 8th tee to the brow of the hill on the 8th hole. The issue has also manifested itself further down the course from the right-hand side of the 7th green all the way down the valley between holes 12 and 13, between holes 6 and 13 and across hole 6. This was caused by a number of factors: –

  1. A leak and subsequent fracture of a mains water pipe on the Municipal Golf Course between the Water Tower and the road.
  2. Blockage of the drains on the road causing water to be washed onto the Course in wet conditions.

We have been in regular contact with all the agencies involved, namely Yorkshire Water, WMDC highways and Streetscene (Parks) since the beginning of this year in an effort to find a solution to the problem. Since the fracture of the mains pipe, Yorkshire Water have accepted some responsibility for our problems but maintain that the drainage in the road and on the Course are also partly to blame. The flow of water has now ceased. However, it is likely that the areas affected will take many months to dry out. The actions currently being progressed are: –

  1. Streetscene have cleared the ditch on the Municipal Course of debris and plant growth as far down as the 7th. They will return to observe the water flow and the condition of the 7th fairway.
  2. Yorkshire Water, Streetscene and ourselves have approached WMDC Highways with a view to them clearing the drains and gullies in the road and enabling water to get into our drainage system.
  3. We do have a responsibility to take water from the road and will, accordingly, excavate a new ditch on hole 8 on the Course side of the tree line to facilitate this.
  4. It is our intention to claim some form of compensation for our losses in respect of the saturation of the Course.

I would also like to take this opportunity to once again thank member Robin Leese for his invaluable advice.

Members are advised to take extra care when playing the course, especially in wet and slippy conditions. If you have any concerns over anything relating to health and safety matters, then please contact Malcolm in the office.

Chris Peace – Vice-President