Town nets grant to improve community tennis courts

March 29 2015

COMMUNITY tennis courts in Yate are back in use after an improvement programme was completed.

Steve Webb MP, second from right, with representatives of Yate Town Council, the local community and SITA Trust at the re-opening of Yate’s community tennis courts.

COMMUNITY tennis courts in Yate are back in use after an improvement programme was completed.
The scheme involved re-surfacing and re-painting the two Sunnyside courts, installing better fencing and a gate and building a path from the car park to the courts to improve access.
Most of the funding for the project came through a grant of £31,150 from the SITA Trust Landfill Communities Fund.
Trust spokesman Jools Granville said: We are delighted to have been able to support this project.
“The application was submitted with many letters of support from local regulars who frequently use the courts – and from the Lawn Tennis Association coach who runs the Yate Community Tennis Club.
“Without this facility, the immediate area offers no opportunity for the general public to turn up and play tennis.”
  The re-opening of the courts was led by Yate’s deputy mayor, Tony Davis, who was joined by town councillors Sue Walker and Chris Willmore, Thornbury and Yate MP Steve Webb and Phil Gregory from SITA Trust. Local people who had supported the project were also there to celebrate the courts being open for play once more.
Councillor Walker said: “I am absolutely delighted that SITA Trust awarded funding for the refurbishment of the Sunnyside courts.
“These community courts are a much loved local facility, used by a range of local people – from the very young to the young at heart - to keep active and enjoy playing tennis.
“These improvements will make the courts even more appealing to existing and new users of the facility in the future.”