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Ace development aims to bring disused Southwick tennis courts back to life

Released: Thursday, 29 November 2018

Plans to spend £320,000 reviving derelict and disused tennis courts at Southwick Leisure Centre as part of a major effort to increase sport participation have been announced.

Adur District Council wants to spend the funds restoring three tennis courts and turning the rest into a state of the art all-weather sports pitch.

New fencing and floodlighting would be installed at the Third Generation (3G) pitch for football, hockey and netball and the refurbished tennis courts. The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has been involved in discussions aimed at getting more youngsters to take up the sport at Southwick.

The plans include the installation of a LTA-backed 'Club Spark' remote access booking system and access gate to maximise usage.

The Council has also worked closely with the leisure centre operators, Impulse Leisure, to develop the proposal.

If given the go-ahead, the new sports pitch will be built on the site of the three western tennis courts situated away from residential properties, which have been unused since 2005. The eastern set of tennis courts will receive the upgrade, having been removed from use earlier this year due to their poor condition and lack of use.

The regeneration is part of the Council's commitment to support the health and wellbeing of communities across Adur, utilising funding already allocated in the 2018/19 Capital Investment Programme (£322,000).

Cllr Emma Evans, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Environment, said:

“I'm delighted to support this exciting plan to develop our sporting and leisure facilities in Southwick.”

“We are working hard with key partners and leisure providers across Adur to provide value for money opportunities and facilities that support our communities to improve their health and wellbeing.”

The plans will go to Adur & Worthing Councils' Joint Strategic Committee on Tuesday 4th December 2018. If approved by councillors, the residential properties adjacent to the proposals' boundary will be consulted prior to any planning application being made.

PR18-217 - Tennis ball on a tennis court (Pixabay - 2042723)


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