Tennis courts

£57,000 fund could save tennis courts in Grantham Park

Tennis courts threatened with closure in Grantham could be saved with a £57,000 fund.

South Kesteven District Council Cabinet will use money from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to bring two courts at Wyndham Park up to standard and redevelop another at Dysart Park within a year.

A report to be presented to council leaders on Tuesday November 8 says the three courts are “underutilized and in need of refurbishment due to their age and condition”.

Wyndham Park tennis courts could be saved. (60447202)

“The two courts at Wyndham Park are of most concern and without intervention it will be necessary to close them as further deterioration of court surfaces will lead to health and safety concerns in relation to the risk of slips, trips and falls. “, says the report.

However, the council has been approached by the LTA who want to invest and improve the quality of supply at Wyndham Park. The association agreed to finance 100% of the work in the park.

The tennis courts at Wyndham Park need some improvement.  (60447204)
The tennis courts at Wyndham Park need some improvement. (60447204)

The works will include the introduction of a new reservation system.

If the council bids for the money, then as part of the deal, they would be asked to enter into a 15-year lease agreement with the Grantham Tennis Club at peppercorn rent. The club would assume responsibility for the management of both grounds.

The council is also expected to shell out £8,428 of its own money to cover three years of wreckage work and gate maintenance.

A report indicates that the poor condition of tennis courts at Wyndham Park could lead to injuries.  (60447208)
A report indicates that the poor condition of tennis courts at Wyndham Park could lead to injuries. (60447208)

The council also asked the LTA if they could fund £26,000 worth of work at Dysart Park, however, the association asked for this to be reviewed in 12 months, allowing the Wyndham Park scheme to develop first.

Recommending leaders give the plans the go-ahead, officers said: “The two tennis courts at Wyndham Park are nearing the end of their operational lives and could soon pose a health and safety risk if not not renovated.

“The refurbishment works identified represent a significant improvement and will provide better opportunities for local residents and visitors, in line with the council’s strategy for sport and physical activity.”




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