A Renfrew councilor spoke out about the state of council-run tennis courts in the area.
Jamie McGuire, Scottish Labor Councilor for Renfrew North and Braehead, plans to ask Renfrewshire Council to renovate the public courts which are currently overgrown. Its objectives would be to transform them into a Multi-Use-Games-Area.
Jamie likens his idea to Arkleston Elementary School where kids can play a variety of sports including tennis, soccer, and basketball on the same court.
Renfrewshire News contacted Renfrewshire Council who told us advanced talks were already underway with the Lawn Tennis Association and OneRen, the charity that runs the council’s leisure buildings, to secure the funding to bring them back into use.
The Scottish Labor councilor said he first noticed the court’s decline when he started attending events in the park after being elected as one of the area’s councillors.
Jamie said: “Having attended several events at Robertson Park since being elected, including the gala day and the food and drink festival, a problem has regularly arisen. [was] the park’s abandoned tennis courts.
“The courts have been left to rot for years.
“He is in the park locked up and in a miserable state – now you might mistake it for an abandoned football park with all the grass overgrown.
“Families say that when they go to gala days and other events at the park, their children should have facilities to play sports, but unfortunately there don’t seem to be any facilities that accommodate sports .”
Photo: Cllr Jamie McGuire wants the tennis court refurbished at Robertson Park
He added: “I propose that the tennis courts be refurbished and that we turn it into a multi-purpose play area, similar to that at Arkleston Primary School. It would allow children to play various sports, including tennis, football and basketball.
“Opening this facility would be good for our community, children could play in a safe environment while staying healthy by playing sports.
“We can no longer let the old tennis courts rot. It has the potential to add so much to our community which is why I will be speaking to council officers over the summer to discuss the future of the abandoned tennis courts.
A council spokesperson said: “The tennis courts at Robertson Park have been out of use since before our lockdown, but we are in advanced talks with the Lawn Tennis Association and OneRen to secure the necessary funding to bring them back into use. . If this project is successful, a tarmac playing surface would be installed, along with new netting and fencing.
“We are also working closely with the Friends of Robertson Park and the Renfrew Development Trust to help both organizations realize other ideas they have for improving the park’s facilities, in line with the wishes of the local community.”
The nearest public tennis courts are attached to Brodie Park in Paisley on Brodie Park Avenue.