Tennis court transformation

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Daventry District Council (DDC) is looking to spend up to £270,000 on revamping the tennis courts for the New Street Recreation Ground.

The sums earmarked to upgrade the existing facilities at a town centre park have been outlined in a report written by the council’s business manager Simon Bowers.

DDC’s strategy group will be discussing the report and whether to give the plans a go-ahead at the meeting tonight (Thursday).

Among the proposal will see the refurbishment or replacement of the existing pavillion to provide changing and shower facilities, installation of floodlights and of a removeable tennis dome to extend the time the court can be used. DDC has teamed up with its leisure contractor Everyone Active to come up with the plans.

The report states: “Everyone Active has identified the potential to develop the tennis facilities at the New Street Recreation Ground, Daventry, as a sub-regional centre of excellence, thereby helping to increase tennis activity.

“This proposal utilises the unusual availability of three municipal courts in one place.

“While in principle the dome is removable it is likely to remain in situ except if particular circumstances require its temporary removal. In addition to its use for tennis it may also be beneficial for other sports and for community events, although of course tennis would be the primary use.

“Increasing footfall at New Street recreation ground, particularly use that is extended after dark, may help to discourage anti-social behaviour.”