The tennis courts and pavilion at Victoria Park.

Trainer Claire Pomfret arrange the Victoria Park Tennis Membership (VP Tennis) in 2012 and the membership now has 3 grownup and 7 junior groups, a full-time training programme and gives free-to-play classes thrice every week together with on Saturday mornings.

She has been attempting since 2016 to have Warwick District Council perform resurfacing works at the public courts on the park, which can be utilized by the membership.

However the council has stated that, with the courts being utilized by the media as a base from which to hide the Commonwealth Video games bowls tournaments at Victoria Park in the summertime of 2022, any restore paintings is not going to happen till after this time.

The tennis courts at Victoria Park.

Claire stated: “Even with providing our sinking fund in opposition to [resurfacing] two courts in 2018, this has no longer been imaginable.

“The courts at the moment are unsafe when rainy and I’m having to cancel such a lot of classes and we nonetheless have 32 months to head till the Commonwealth Video games.

“Sadly we can not proceed if it manner some other wintry weather just like the remaining one.”

Membership member Luca Martinengo has additionally raised issues in an impassioned letter to The Courier and the district council.

He stated: ” On account of the age of the membership, courts at the moment are broken in puts and, extra vital, when the humidity within the air is from average to top, they develop into a well being and protection factor for any individual who desires to play.

“The courts develop into extraordinarily slippery with sever dangers for avid gamers of any age.

“Slipping whilst taking part in could cause, at the most efficient, damages to rackets and tool, but additionally bruises, knee accidents, ankle accidents and wrist accidents.”

Warwick District Council has supplied a long reaction to the worries.

Cllr Moira Ann Grainger, portfolio holder for tradition, stated: “At the start and most significantly, the council isn’t ignoring the worries which have been raised by way of VP Tennis who function the courts underneath licence to the council.

“Over contemporary months there were many conferences between officials, VP Tennis and in some instances Councillors.

“VP Tennis are a member of the Commonwealth Video games Stakeholder Team arrange by way of the Council to make sure transparent verbal exchange between those that could also be effected by way of the video games in 2022.

“The council, involved by way of stories from VP tennis in early 2019 that the courts have been slippery, commissioned an unbiased take a look at by way of the corporate who perform this paintings for the Garden Tennis Affiliation (LTA).

“The document said that the courts have been high-quality within the dry and marginal in rainy prerequisites, main the Council to adopt some further works to support the prerequisites within the rainy.

“The similar take a look at was once accomplished in December 2019, following the very rainy autumn and wintry weather, and out of 21 separate slip assessments performed, most effective 3 spaces fell under the advisable adhesion ranges when rainy.

“The council took the verdict to take one courtroom out of use as a precaution and in addition supplied notices across the courtroom notifying consumers to take good precautions all through rainy climate.

“The council have a typical upkeep regime at the courts and secured budgets to permit this to proceed for the foreseeable long term.

“The council has dedicated the courts for use all through the duration of the Commonwealth Video games all through summer season 2022, which is able to imply that they’re out of use within the lead as much as and all through the 10 days of festival.

“Had the Commonwealth Video games no longer been impacting at the courts, there have been plans to resurface the courts within the close to long term, however this has been behind schedule till after the video games, because the use all through the video games is extremely prone to injury the taking part in floor.

“Discussion has been held with VP Tennis about those plans and they’re acutely aware of the council’s plans for the courts.

“Now we have additionally been chatting with VP Tennis about discovering selection courts whilst the Victoria Park courts are out of motion.

“The discussion continues with VP Tennis, and with the LTA who’re in give a boost to of the Council’s solution to the continuing plans for those courts.

“We totally recognise the price that those courts play in permitting open get right of entry to to native other folks to play tennis and can proceed to put money into those courts as now we have accomplished prior to now.”



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