An MP has said he will support calls to keep a country club as a green space.

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden has called for green open spaces to be "preserved" following the announcement that Bushey Country Club is to close on April 1.

The club will shut its doors after a series of "unsustainable financial losses" and the news has left many residents worried that the site may be earmarked for housing redevelopment, despite the majority of the site being on green belt land.

Mr Dowden said: "I know how concerned local people are about the future of the Bushey Country Club and community centre.

"I fully understand the council's position that the current structure of the club is not financially viable. However, I urge them to engage with local residents and ensure that any new use for the site is sustainable and preserves the green open spaces that makes our area special."

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The MP met with Hertsmere Borough Council officers recently to raise concerns put forward by his constituents.

He was not able to attend Tuesday's packed meeting where council leader Morris Bright addressed people's concerns at a meeting hosted by Bushey Forum, a residents association group.

The council maintain that "no decisions have been made regarding the future of the site" and expect a consultation process with residents and stakeholders to last six months.

Mr Dowden added: "We have a great opportunity to look at how we can create community facilities and greater access to the site.

"I am clear that I will be continuing to take a keen interest in this and will continue to engage with local councillors and officers."

A re-run of the meeting that took place last week will happen on February 22 at the Bushey Academy for those who were unable to get in. Full details, including times, are still to be released.

Mr Dowden, Cllr Bright and the Bushey ward councillors are expected to attend the meeting.