Council fail to find new partner for golf facility

Sambuca Golf on the Whitley Bay Links.
Sambuca Golf on the Whitley Bay Links.

A FAMILY attraction in Whitley Bay has been taken back by North Tyneside Council after the local authority failed to reach an agreement over its future.

Proposals had been submitted last year to create a new Sambucas restaurant at the mini golf course on The Links.

But planners rejected the proposals following complaints by residents, and now the council has taken the facility back.

It means the site will be re-opened to the public with plans being developed for its improvement through the potential of using investment from the wider coastal regeneration.

A council spokesperson said: “As a council we know that the Whitley Bay mini golf course is important to both residents and visitors and it is vital that it remains as a key attraction on our coastline.

“We have explored opportunities to work with private partners, but despite two marketing exercises we have failed to find a partner that meets our requirements.

“We know the public don’t want any further uncertainty for this site and have asked officers to ensure that this is opened again as early as possible.

“We will then take some time to explore opportunities for future investment in the site to make this a vibrant visitor attraction that people can enjoy, whilst protecting The Links.”