Bristol council agrees to keep Ashton Court disc golf course after all

Council chiefs have announced that a popular disc golf course at Ashton Court will stay after all, after almost 1,500 people signed a petition calling on them to keep it.

The petition was launched back in August when disc golf players were told the course – which consists of chain metal baskets on top of metal poles into which players throw Frisbee-like discs – would be removed.

At the time, Bristol City Council refused to tell Bristol Live why it was proposing to remove the advanced/pro course at the bottom of Ashton Court, and would not even respond to requests for information about the future of the course.

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But now, four months on, and after the fifth query about what was happening with the disc golf course, the council has finally responded to Bristol Live, with the news that the course would stay.

Bristol Live asked again about the disc golf course on December 18, and did not get a formal response – but two days later on December 20, Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees tweeted an announcement that the disc golf course would be kept.

“Pleased that, after working with Yeti Disc Golf Club, Bristol Council have agreed a way for them to stay at Ashton Court!” he tweeted. “Updates to the course design will prevent damage to trees and disturbance to wildlife, protecting the surrounding Site of Special Scientific Interest,” his tweet added.

Eight minutes later, a Bristol City Council spokesperson issued a statement which confirmed: “We’re pleased that we’ve been able to work with Yeti disc golf club to agree changes to the disc golf course that will enable it to remain at Ashton Court.

“These changes to the design of the course will prevent damage to trees and minimise disturbance to the plants and wildlife. This is particularly important as the course sits within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), meaning the landscape is protected and must be managed in a way that conserves its special features” they added.

Almost 1,500 people signed an online petition asking for the course to be kept. Those behind the petition said at the time they wanted to work cooperatively with the council to work out a way to keep the course, which is an international-level pro course within the city of Bristol.

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