Tennis courts

North Baddesley resident calls for improvements to tennis courts

A North Baddesley COUNTY tennis player asks the parish council to improve their tennis courts.

David Trew, of West Lane, had criticized North Baddesley Parish Council for its ‘massively underutilized’ courts on the recreation ground.

Currently, it has two courts accessible to the public. To access it, a key is required from the keyholder.

Mr Trew said he would be willing to help the parish council improve the organization of the facility and ensure people have access to support.

Mr Trew, 80, said: ‘There are two large schools right next to the recreation ground. The parish council has missed opportunity after opportunity. I organized coaching for local schools and the parish council took no action.

“Both courts are close to the trees, so they are covered in moss and need to be properly maintained. Six years after I first spoke to them they said they were going to improve the area by turning it into four courts with lights and a club and I would be very happy to help.

“At Winchester Tennis Club we coached the kids for a while, I’m sure we would be able to spread the word and get things done there.

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“To access the courts, you have to go to a lady, who is a very active member of the community, and who is the holder of the keys. So you have to go to her house and get the key to unlock the courts. Nothing organized or official happens there. The courts are massively underutilized.

“The courts have to be pressure washed to be usable, the nets are just left hanging. I am ready to help them in any way possible.

“The LTA would be more than happy to do anything for them.”

Cllr Sally Lamb, of North Baddesley Parish Council, agreed the courts needed improvement and said she would discuss this at the next full council meeting on May 10.

Cllr Lamb said: ‘I agree they are underutilized and work needs to be done to them. They should be run in the same way as the courts at Mountbatten Park in Romsey.

“There you pay a £5 deposit to use the courts and the equipment, which is provided. At the end you get the £5 back, so it’s free. It’s so important that people stay active.

“Access is tricky at the moment as you have to call the key holder to use the courts.

“They are not in good condition, one is usable, the other is not good at all.”

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