New and exciting plans have been drawn up by Harrow Council’s administration which could dramatically improve the borough’s public tennis courts.
At present, there are 11 courts that are currently in an unplayable condition within Harrow, but they could be revamped if Harrow Council’s funding application is successful.
At a council cabinet meeting last week, it was agreed to hold another round of discussions to ensure a winning partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). This would see the 37 courts at 13 parks across Harrow revamped at no cost to council taxpayers whatsoever.
Over the next couple of weeks, and Wimbledon fortnight, council leisure staff will take to the tennis courts within Harrow to talk to residents about the major upgrade plans which also include the introduction of pay and play charges, with fees in line with neighbouring boroughs.
Some free court sessions, and concessionary rates for under 16s over 65s and those with disabilities will be included. Park user groups and schools near the tennis courts will also be involved in the future discussions.
Cllr Jean Lammiman, cabinet member for Community and Culture, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to see the tennis courts in Harrow’s parks renovated, increasing participation in tennis in Harrow, and ensuring that the courts are maintained in the long term by being financially sustainable.
“Without the LTA money, the condition of the tennis courts in Harrow’s parks will continue to deteriorate and mean that they all become increasingly unplayable. We strongly believe the residents of Harrow want to be able to book a good standard court in advance, and we will ensure the youngest, oldest and those with disabilities are catered for.”
You can read more about the plans and discuss with Harrow Council officers at the following times and locations:
- Wed 29th June, 10-11am at Harrow Weald Recreation Ground
- Sat 2nd July, 10-11am at Roxeth Recreation Ground
- Mon 4th July, 6-7pm at Harrow Recreation Ground
The LTA would be paying for this work and it is estimated to be around £445,000, it will improve the tennis courts to help deliver the Council’s objective addressing health inequality by increasing the opportunity for people of all ages to play tennis in Harrow.
Source: Harrow Council