Tennis courts plans for Daventry town centre site

TALKS of bringing tennis courts to the New Street Recreation Ground in the town are now underway.

A Daventry District Councillor told the Daventry Express discussions were taking place with the Lawn Tennis Association to try to agree some funding for the site.

Economic, regeneration and employment portfolio holder for DDC, Cllr Chris Over, said: “Talks are taking place and it is possible that we might benefit from grant aid from the LTA.

“I think tennis courts would be a wonderful addition to the recreation ground, a really positive attribute, and if the LTA come on board it would be a lovely way to celebrate Olympic season and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”

The New Street Recreational Ground Project Team, a group set up to lead the Rec development project, have been meeting to secure site funding and solidify plans for the area.

In August, DDC opened a public consultation to ask Daventry residents what they would like to see on the Rec.

More than 1,500 children responded telling DDC they wanted monkey bars, swings, a skateboard ramp and a water play area, among other things.

Adults also expressed a wish for facilities like shading and seats as well as wanting high fencing and gates to ensure child safety.

Member of the NSRGPT, Cllr Lynne Taylor, said: “Designs for the site will be based on responses from the consultation as well as our own ideas. It will be about what children and families want.”

As yet there is no date for the completion of the play area and skate park project but Cllr Over said DDC expected to see a report on plans next year.

The total cost of the project is predicted to be £242,000, and will be funded with contributions from organisations, including DDC, Daventry Town Council, the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership, Daventry and District Housing, and Money For Youth.