A council is urging the public to not enter the grounds of a former country club after people were spotted on the site without permission.

Hertsmere Borough Council says it has received reports of unauthorised users in the grounds of the former Bushey Country Club.

The country club site is council owned but is currently leased to a wedding and events company, meaning the land is private.

The council said on its Facebook page: "We’ve had reports of unauthorised users in the grounds of the former Bushey Country Club.

"The site is currently leased to an events management company for private use so the grounds are not open to the public. Thank you."

Whilst the grounds of the country club are currently private, Hertsmere Borough Council leader Morris Bright has pledged that residents will have more access to green space at the club in the future.

Cllr Bright made the comments after  responding to a question from Bushey councillor Paul Richards about the country club at a full council meeting on July 21.

Cllr Richards said: "Given that there has been some public consultation around the future of the site with the country club, that consultation has suggested that members of the public would like to see no more than 10-25 per cent of the site developed.

"If the site is subject to local plan and once there has been an area allocated to retain green space, ideally 75 per cent, would he then commit to register that remaining space as village green?"

Cllr Bright responded: "...This council will commit to ensure that residents have more access to green space at the Bushey Golf and Country Club than they have and I think that’s what they need to be assured of."

Bushey Country Club closed as a country club in 2018 and has since been leased out for a few years to an events and wedding company. A restaurant and shisha lounge has also opened on-site.

Earlier this year, the council unveiled a proposal for a huge new secondary school, homes, and a type of community facility, alongside green space.

The plans for a school have since been dropped but the future long-term development of the site remains unclear.