Tennis Courts across the borough are set to receive thousands of pounds worth of investment to restore the courts, improve security and enable online bookings. This is part of a £30 million nationwide investment in improving the nations tennis courts, jointly between the Department of Culture, Media, Sport & Digital and the Lawn Tennis Association.
Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Kelsey Park and Coney Hall Recreation Ground are the three sites in the Beckenham constituency which will benefit from the funding, with Church House Gardens and Kings Hall Road courts just outside the constituency also set to receive funds.
The improvements, approved by Bromley Council’s Environment Committee will fund:
- Church House Gardens – £65,515 will be used to resurfacing the courts, reconstructed area, removal of rigid nets, fencing repairs, along with installation of equipment to improve safety, security and management of the site.
- Coney Hall Recreation Ground – £59,875 for the resurfacing of courts 1 to 4, replace fence posts, and also installation of new equipment to improve safety, security and management of the site.
- Croydon Road Recreation Ground – £8,000 for the installation of new equipment for improving safety, security, and management of the site.
- Kelsey Park – £4,000 for the installation of new equipment for improving safety, security, and management of the site.
- Kings Hall Road – £4,000 for the installation of new equipment for improving safety, security, and management of the site.
Kelsey & Eden Park Ward Councillor, Christine Harris, a keen tennis player herself, commented:
“Having accessible and well-maintained sports facilities are central to helping tackle obesity and ensuring that anyone can enjoy sports no matter their financial position. I am delighted to see the courts at Kelsey Park and Croydon Road Recreation Ground both set to benefit from this funding.”
Councillor Thomas Turrell, who represents Hayes & Coney Hall Ward, added:
“This is welcome and fantastic news. The tennis courts are popular and well used. Additionally, the Friends of the Coney Hall Recreation Ground have put in a bid, with the support of local Councillors, to create transform the remaining courts. The investment in the tennis courts will help ensure the recreation ground can continue to be loved and enjoyed by the community for years to come.”