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Council Decide Golf Club Future
Paul Munn captured this fire at Blairbeth Golf Club
South Lanarkshire Council have confirmed they are preparing a report into the long-term future of the old Blairbeth Golf Club site.
The news comes as residents call for a permanent solution to anti-social behaviour on the old Blairbeth Golf Club after a fire was started there last week.
The land has been empty since the club was forced to shut its doors last year due to mounting debt.
Since then, it has become a haven for gangs of youths as well as quad bikers.
During last week’s hot weather, a group was even seen enjoying a barbecue on the roof of part of the clubhouse.
Paul Munn, 22, from Castlefern Road, spotted the fire as he made his way up to Cathkin Braes. He said: “Everyone knows the place has been getting ripped apart, although we don’t know if its people from here or from Castlemilk. It looked disgusting, it’s horrible the way it’s been left to go.”
The issue was raised at a meeting of Rutherglen Community Council last week.
Councillor Gerard Killen told the meeting South Lanarkshire Council were planning to demolish the clubhouse and were conducting a study into how to best use the land.
Frank McCafferty, the council’s head of property services, said: “The lease for Blairbeth Golf Course was terminated in January 2016, at which time responsibility for the Golf Course and clubhouse reverted to the council. The council is commissioning a report into the long term future of the site, which is anticipated to take a number of months to fully assess the options.
“There has been, and continues to be, extensive communication between the council and Police Scotland relative to the policing of the site, and the council will continue to monitor the situation and take necessary action to prevent further illegal dumping.”
Inspector Jim Gillespie at Rutherglen Police said they were aware of problems on the course.
He said: “We are giving it as much attention as we can and we are liaising with our colleagues at South Lanarkshire Council and the community wardens.
“As well as that, our colleagues in the Glasgow division are aware of the problem.
“If anyone is caught engaging in criminal activity they will be dealt with accordingly.”
The last day of play at Blairbeth was Sunday, October 11 last year and the club ceased trading three days later with debts of £135,000.
Just weeks earlier, members had voted to become a nine-hole course in a desperate attempt to keep the club going. The club was founded in 1910.