New Brighton's miniature golf course becomes a 'swimming pool' following tidal surge

Wirral Globe: Nick Ashfield with the flooded course in New Brighton. Nick Ashfield with the flooded course in New Brighton.

A MAMMOTH task of pumping more than 1.6 million gallons of water began today after a New Brighton miniature golf course was all-but-washed away yesterday, Thursday.

The Championship Adventure Golf Course – which only opened in March of this year - is likely to be closed for at least two months after the tidal surge left it as what owners describe as a ‘swimming pool’ rather than a miniature golf course.

Wirral Globe: VIDEO: New Brighton's miniature golf course becomes a 'swimming pool' following tidal surge

Owner Nick Ashfield told the Globe he could not believe what was happening as he was forced to watch his beloved course destroyed as gale force winds whipped up hide tides, battering part of Marine Point and New Brighton Promenade.

Nick, who posted a video of the water's attack on Facebook (scroll down for video), said: “It was just unbelievable. I could not imagine in my worst dreams what was happening.

“There is about 1.6 million gallons of water that needs to be pumped out – it will probably take about four days of pumping.

“It looks more like a swimming pool rather than a miniature golf course.”
Nick added: “I still couldn’t believe it would flood that bad. I started to see the water coming over the road but just couldn’t image that it was going to do that and then it came down the hill and across the grass.

“It just collected nicely in this little bowl.

“We have only been open for eight months – it is the worst news to be honest.”

There had been plans to build a second course, adjacent to the existing one, in the new year but Nick says that will now have to be put on hold.

“We are going to have to completely refurbish the first course,” he explained.

“You can just about see the flag poles now so we are getting there but I’m sure there is going to be a lot of rubbish and damage once the water has cleared but I’m sure it isn’t terminal.

“It’s not good but the fight back begins today and we will come back shiny and new for next year.”

Nick thanked those who have posted comments on Facebook and Twitter for their concern and kind words.

 

 


 

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2:23pm Mon 9 Dec 13

benny07 says...

another complete and utter waste of yet more, local tax payers cash ,to rescue another illconceived white elyphant,how many more lights have to be turned off around the wirral to pay for this fiasco,??& who is going to take some responibility,& lack of forsight once again in the council,?? i think jadee is right,the fraud squad need to start there investigations,in this ,clearly cud,nt care less council,& cllrs,asap.
another complete and utter waste of yet more, local tax payers cash ,to rescue another illconceived white elyphant,how many more lights have to be turned off around the wirral to pay for this fiasco,??& who is going to take some responibility,& lack of forsight once again in the council,?? i think jadee is right,the fraud squad need to start there investigations,in this ,clearly cud,nt care less council,& cllrs,asap. benny07

2:47pm Mon 9 Dec 13

artemis81 says...

benny07 wrote:
another complete and utter waste of yet more, local tax payers cash ,to rescue another illconceived white elyphant,how many more lights have to be turned off around the wirral to pay for this fiasco,??& who is going to take some responibility,& lack of forsight once again in the council,?? i think jadee is right,the fraud squad need to start there investigations,in this ,clearly cud,nt care less council,& cllrs,asap.
This is a commercial venture, Benny, private enterprise, a business. 'Ill-conceived white elephant?' I'm led to believe it was doing quite well. Who will have to pay for this fiasco? The owner of the business, or possibly (hopefully!) his insurers. Who is going to take responsibility? Maybe Neptune? Not Neptune Developments, but Neptune the goddess of the sea. This was caused by a freak combination of factors, that's it. A once in maybe every decade occurrence. Lack of foresight by the Council? Maybe, but really short of granting planning permission I don't think the Council is really involved here, sorry. BRING IN THE FRAUD SQUAD!!',?:!!_=! Yeah, good luck with that Benny and Jadee...
[quote][p][bold]benny07[/bold] wrote: another complete and utter waste of yet more, local tax payers cash ,to rescue another illconceived white elyphant,how many more lights have to be turned off around the wirral to pay for this fiasco,??& who is going to take some responibility,& lack of forsight once again in the council,?? i think jadee is right,the fraud squad need to start there investigations,in this ,clearly cud,nt care less council,& cllrs,asap.[/p][/quote]This is a commercial venture, Benny, private enterprise, a business. 'Ill-conceived white elephant?' I'm led to believe it was doing quite well. Who will have to pay for this fiasco? The owner of the business, or possibly (hopefully!) his insurers. Who is going to take responsibility? Maybe Neptune? Not Neptune Developments, but Neptune the goddess of the sea. This was caused by a freak combination of factors, that's it. A once in maybe every decade occurrence. Lack of foresight by the Council? Maybe, but really short of granting planning permission I don't think the Council is really involved here, sorry. BRING IN THE FRAUD SQUAD!!',?:!!_=! Yeah, good luck with that Benny and Jadee... artemis81

3:46pm Mon 9 Dec 13

benny07 says...

i,m sure the coucil will do all they can to help,but dont hold your breath,if theres nowt in it for them, it tends to be ignored ,i know that for a fact,.
i,m sure the coucil will do all they can to help,but dont hold your breath,if theres nowt in it for them, it tends to be ignored ,i know that for a fact,. benny07

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