Stratton Park’s tennis courts have reopened once more – however customers might be charged to make use of them from subsequent 12 months.
£90,000 has been invested by the borough council in latest months to improve the services, which noticed them closed over the summer time.
The courts have been resurfaced and repainted, while accessibility has been improved and a distant entry system put in.
New nets and posts have been put in with floodlighting additionally improved on courts one and two.
However Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have now introduced that customers should pay to make use of the courts from April 2021.
The “small charge” has not been introduced, however the council say that plenty of pricing choices might be obtainable and is a situation of exterior funding obtained from the Garden Tennis Affiliation and Sport England.
The authority says that court docket charges will fund future upkeep prices, and say will probably be free for the primary six months to “encourage residents from neighbouring areas to offer tennis a strive with out a cost”.
Cupboard member for borough improvement and enchancment Cllr Rebecca Bean mentioned: “These upgraded services display our continued vital funding in sporting services throughout the borough.
“Making certain we now have prime quality sporting services for residents is a prime precedence for us, to encourage participation in sport and likewise to spice up our residents’ bodily and psychological wellbeing.”
Rob Peters, LTA participation improvement accomplice within the south and south west, mentioned: “We’re more than happy to be working with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to develop the courts at Stratton Park and assist open tennis as much as extra native folks.
“The SmartAccess gate system is a vital a part of our free provide to native authorities to safeguard park courts, to make sure they proceed to function hubs to deliver people and communities collectively by tennis.
“We welcome any curiosity from different native authorities in serving to obtain this.”