Tennis courts in Maesteg, Heol-y-Cyw and Ogmore Vale will soon be refurbished with two new tennis courts being built in Porthcawl later this year thanks to a £500,000 funding boost.
At a Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 14 March, members approved:
- A £50,000 grant for the refurbishment of three tennis courts at Maesteg Welfare Park in partnership with the LTA at a total cost of £200,000.
- A grant of up to £151,000 for two new courts to be developed at Griffin Park in partnership with the LTA with a match-funding contribution of around £53,000 being secured.
- A grant of £3,900 for the refurbishment of two tennis courts at Heol-y-Cyw Playing Fields in partnership with the LTA at a total cost of £60,000.
Meanwhile, the LTA is funding the refurbishment of two tennis courts at Caedu Park, Ogmore Vale, at a cost of £67,000. All projects are subject to contracts being agreed.
Across the country, thousands of public park tennis courts are being refurbished as part of the LTA Parks Refurbishment Programme. It follows a £22 million investment from the UK Government into public tennis courts and an additional £8.4 million from the LTA Tennis Foundation.
Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr John Spanswick said: “We are very pleased to work in partnership with the LTA and see this very welcome investment into community facilities.
“Following an assessment by the LTA, it was determined there were four viable sites that should be resurfaced.
“With the location of the two existing tennis courts at Griffin Park being required for the proposed new road development which forms a part of the Porthcawl Waterfront Regeneration project, the local authority is committed to providing new replacement courts which will be in place before the existing facilities disappear. We will be undertaking community engagement in Porthcawl and submitting a planning application prior to any works being carried out.”
In approving the funding, Cabinet also approved an extension to the scope of the CAT Fund to include the development and refurbishment of assets and facilities currently, or previously, maintained by the local authority that could not readily be subject to a CAT due to issues such as land title, where a minimum of 25 per cent match-funding had been secured.
To date, the local authority has allocated around £1.2m from the CAT Fund with clubs, organisations and both community and town councils receiving grants to take on community facilities.