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Works to improve Southwick sports facilities kick off

Released: Thursday, 12 September 2019

Work to create new football and tennis facilities at Southwick Leisure Centre will kick off next week.

Adur District Council's Planning Committee unanimously approved a £287,500 proposal to transform the run-down disused courts at the back of the site in Old Barn Way in July.

With contractors now appointed, work will start on Monday (16th September 2019) taking an expected eight weeks to complete.

The proposal will see a recreational size 3G football pitch with floodlights created on half of the site.

The pitch can be used as either one larger pitch or two smaller pitches, separated by a central retractable curtain. A ball stop top net will also be installed over the entire pitch, along with 4.2 metre rebound fencing.

It will be available to community groups and individuals for hire from Southwick Leisure Centre.

The eastern section will also receive a major upgrade, with new surface, lines, nets and fencing giving the tennis courts a much-needed facelift. Access to the facility will be via an online booking system and an electronic code activated gate.

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

“I'm delighted to see this proposal to transform a run-down disused space into new community facilities get the go ahead.”

“This is a considerable investment in sporting facilities in the heart of our communities and I'm certain that when the new football pitches and tennis courts are complete, they will be well used by people of all ages.”

Photos: Plans to turn the disused tennis courts at Southwick Leisure Centre into new facilities have been approved. The old courts will be turned into football and tennis facilities.

PR19-104 - The old courts in Southwick will be turned into football and tennis facilities

PR19-104 - Plans to turn the disused tennis courts at Southwick Leisure Centre into new facilities have been approved

(PR19-132)

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