Lorries deployed as modernisation of Letchworth Golf Club begins

Heavy Goods Vehicles arrived at Letchworth Golf Club on Monday

Heavy Goods Vehicles arrived at Letchworth Golf Club on Monday - Credit: Archant

The modernisation of a golf club has swung into action with the arrival of lorries bringing waste disposal.

Residents in Letchworth GC and Hitchin will now have to contend with 130 HGV movements on a near-daily basis as the vehicles started carrying waste disposal to Letchworth Golf Club on Monday.

The estimated 65 HGVs arriving at the site will travel from the A1(M) and go through Letchworth GC, the edge of Hitchin and Willian as part of a process that could take up to a year to complete.

The modernisation of the club will involve remodelling the existing practice area into a six-hole academy course using soil brought in from a site being developed elsewhere.

MP Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, approved the planned modernisation of the Letchworth Lane club in August, despite warnings from residents that the environmental damage and risk would be “catastrophic”.

Herts County Council’s development control committee unanimously agreed to Letchworth Golf Club being modernised in July, despite a petition of more than 260 signatures from Hitchin and Letchworth GC residents registering concerns.