Exciting new plans have been drawn up by the Harrow Council administration which could significantly improve the borough’s public tennis courts.
At present, there are 11 courts which are currently in an unplayable state in Harrow, but could be revamped if Harrow Council’s application for funding is successful.
At a council cabinet meeting last week, it was agreed to hold another round of talks to ensure a winning partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). This would see Harrow’s 37 courts across 13 parks redeveloped at no cost to city ratepayers.
Over the next two weeks and the Wimbledon fortnight, council leisure staff will be visiting Harrow’s tennis courts to talk to residents about major upgrade plans which also include the introduction of payout fees and game, with fees in line with neighboring boroughs.
Some free hearings and preferential rates for under 16s, over 65s and people with disabilities will be included. Park user groups and schools near the tennis courts will also be involved in future discussions.
Cllr Jean Lammiman, Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to see the tennis courts in Harrow Parks refurbished, to increase tennis participation in Harrow and to ensure the courts are maintained over the long term by being financially sustainable.
“Without the money from the LTA, the condition of the tennis courts in Harrow Parks will continue to deteriorate and will mean that they will all become increasingly unplayable. We strongly believe that residents of Harrow want to be able to book a good standard pitch in advance, and we will ensure that the youngest, the oldest and those with disabilities are catered for.
You can find out more about the plans and chat with Harrow Council officers at the following times and locations:
- Wednesday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Harrow Weald Recreation Ground
- Saturday July 2, 10am-11am at the Roxeth Recreation Ground
- Monday, July 4, 6-7 p.m. at Harrow Recreation Ground
The LTA would pay for this work and it is estimated at around £445,000, it will improve tennis courts to help achieve the Council’s aim of tackling health inequalities by increasing opportunities for people of all ages to play tennis in Harrow.
Source: Council of Harrow