It looks like Sandown's popular Browns Golf Course and cafe could be set to reopen after all.

Posting photos on Facebook on Monday, Kate Scandrett from Shanklin said she had picked up the keys and 'the hard work begins'.

The lease to the attraction was advertised by the Isle of Wight Council in January, but without detail about how long it would last.

In February, the Isle of Wight County Press reported no-one had come forward by the deadline to take on the business opportunity, which closed when its former leaseholders shut the doors in September.

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Announcing their decision to leave, its previous tenants said the future of Browns was 'in jeopardy' because there was 'no real security to project the business forward for the future.'

First opened in 1932, it falls within an area of possible regeneration, as part of plans for the future of neighbouring Dinosaur Isle.

That had led to business uncertainty.

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Browns Golf Course has been a popular Sandown attraction since 1932

A petition to save the golf course gained more than 3,800 signatures, but the wording of the document was not accepted by the Isle of Wight Council for legal reasons, and its originator did not accept a rewrite.

In February, councillors said (after a meeting) that a bidder who had been in talks with the council over the project (a conversation paused due to Covid-19), had re-engaged in the dialogue process.

The Isle of Wight County Press has contacted County Hall and Kate Scandrett for comments.