By Chrismael Marchand
Published on 22 Sep 22 at 20:49
Are we going to cross swords on the greens of the Coténtin? For the associations that handle the golf programs of Cherbourg (Manche) and Saint-Jean-de-la-Rivière, the lights are not inexperienced.
In query, the dearth of visibility on their short-term future resulting from finish of the area settlement which hyperlinks them with the Cotentin agglomeration till 2023. They name on the neighborhood, proprietor of the land, to see extra clearly. Explanations.
The golf equipment are apprehensive
This is Jean Louis Leclercchairman of the Côte des Isles golf coursewho sounded the alarm bell in the midst of August. At the top of a contest on the course of Saint-Jean-de-la-Rivière, the volunteer threw a cobblestone into the pond.
“The success of the club is closely linked to its long association history, which has enabled it to cope with the evolutions of golf, originally a hobby of a few enthusiasts to become a mass sport over the years. The association considers that the associative structure is the most appropriate for the management of golf, within the framework of a non-commercial project”.
Through his remarks, the Saint-Jeannais volunteer expresses its considerations in regards to the upcoming expiration of the lease binding it to the neighborhood (March 2023). Obviously, the refrain is equivalent on the aspect of its Cherbourg counterpartJacques Largouët, who postponed his lease till the top of 2023.
“We would like to know what our future is. The question that arises is: are we working on the medium term, with the extension to 18 holes in particular, or will the community make the decision to entrust these structures to private companies? »
The main reproach of the two leaders is clearly the lack of prospects. “In terms of management, it’s not easy. We have to balance our budget, we still take risks. We have equipment, staff, ”says the previous skilled footballer who manages a finances of 260,000 euros, three staff and 480 licensees.
“We have zero cents of support from the community. There are not many associations that do that! “. The Cherbourg president is therefore waiting. But his patience has limits. “Our operation gives satisfaction to everyone,” he says. “At some point, you have to take a stand when you’re in charge! “.
The Cotentin explained
On the side of theagglomeration of the Cotentinwe play the appeasement card by demonstrating pedagogy. The community assumes that it must respect the law by setting up competitive bidding procedures. This will be the case with thepublication of an upcoming project management assistance mission. This will thus put candidates in competition with each other for a DSP (public service delegation for a possible duration of 10-12 years) and the associations that have signed a domain agreement (limited to five years).
She will also study the financial feasibility of an 18-hole extension of the Cherbourg golf course and the technical feasibility of a par 70 near Saint-Jean-de-la-Rivière.
“The goal is to be as transparent as possible and to propose specifications that will set the management conditions. The market will be spread over four months and the diagnosis over six.”
In reality, a choice in the neighborhood council is due to this fact not anticipated earlier than in all probability the second half of 2023. Not sufficient to reassure the associations?
“The concern is understandable. But we are working a lot on these files. We are in time. Especially since the community has many other issues to manage.
One thing is sure, the Cotentin – one of the three golf courses (that of Fontenay-sur-Mer) is already managed in DSP – don’t close any doors. In particular “to the associative structures which can apply”. “In any case, we will always be by their side”, provides the elected surtainvillaise. “And if we begin on a DSP, we’ll keep the sporting exercise. Similarly, staff and gear can be taken over.
The situations are due to this fact set. Not certain, nevertheless, that they fulfill everybody…
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