Tennis courts

Tennis courts in Barry and Penarth under £120,000 renovation

Barry and Penarth TENNIS courts will undergo a major refurbishment, with councilors due to agree a deal with Tennis Wales this week.

Vale of Glamorgan cabinet members will meet on Thursday to review work on the Millwood courts in Barry, Wenvoe, and two courts at Penarth Athletic Field.

Tennis Wales has offered funding of around £120,000 to improve the surfaces of these courts and introduce payment barriers to monitor usage and reinvest revenue into tennis in the Vale of Glamorgan.

A report, which will be considered by advisers, says court surfaces “are currently in poor condition”.

Once completed, Tennis Wales would manage and maintain the courts at Millwood and Wenvoe, after a seven-year lease was agreed with the council.

The courts at Penarth Athletic Field would continue to be run by the council until a transfer of responsibilities was agreed with Penarth Athletic Club.

“While the council previously set fees for use of the tennis courts, it became uneconomical to charge fees at most venues and free use was permitted,” the council’s report said. “This partly limited further investment in venues as no revenue was being generated and many courts are now in poor condition.”

The report says court fees will be the same as Romilly Park in Barry – from £4.50 for an hour – or with a family subscription available at £39 a year.

These latest proposals follow the renovation of the courts in the Parc de Romilly, which reopened in July.

Speaking at the time, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Wellbeing, Cllr Gwyn John, said: ‘The council is committed to providing the best possible facilities for its residents so they can enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.

“This aim is shared by Tennis Wales and Sport Wales who have played an important role in the refurbishment of the courts at Romilly Park.

“It is hoped that the works will help increase the number of people who regularly play tennis in this much-loved location.”

And Tennis Wales Head of Attendance Jamie Clewer said: “We are committed to opening up tennis and making the sport accessible to everyone in Wales.

“The renovation of the park’s tennis courts, like these superb facilities at Parc de Romilly, is essential to achieving this goal.

“We look forward to seeing these courts used by the local community for many years to come, raising the profile of tennis in the area and seeing more people play recreational and club tennis.”

Cabinet members were recommended to accept the grant from Tennis Wales and, subject to no objections, to accept the seven-year lease.

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