Bushey Country Club and Bushey Community Centre will be closing from April after the company which runs it for Hertsmere Borough Council said it will no longer operate the facilities.
Hertsmere Leisure Trust informed the council that the last five years of ongoing losses on the country club’s management contract have made the operational delivery untenable, especially with the last financial year’s losses in the region of £685,000 which is the equivalent of around 10 per cent of our council tax requirement.
Cllr Morris Bright, Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “Whilst we are disappointed to announce that Bushey Country Club and community centre will be closing in the spring, we are working with Hertsmere Leisure Trust, which runs leisure facilities on our behalf, to ensure there are adequate leisure and community facilities in Bushey and the surrounding area.
“As well as exploring continued provision of leisure facilities, we’re also giving consideration to the best future use of the building and grounds. No decisions have been taken about the future of the site and we will look to consult with stakeholders and residents in due course about any proposals.
“We have a responsibility to our residents to get good value from the assets that we own and the decision to close this facility has been made as a result of continued unsustainable financial losses by Hertsmere Leisure Trust.”
David Brame, HLT’s Chief Executive, said: “In recent years Hertsmere Leisure Trust have worked extremely hard to improve the performance of Bushey Country Club, the golf course and Bushey Community Centre.
“However, despite making numerous investments and improvements, it is with extreme disappointment that the difficult decision has been made to end the arrangement to operate these facilities.
“Hertsmere Leisure Trust are committed to ensure that everything possible is done to minimise the impact of the closure on the local community and provide alternative options for existing customers of the country club including the investment in other facilities locally in partnership with Hertsmere Borough Council.”