Club's floodlight fight goes to centre court

MEMBERS of Weston Tennis Club and lawyers from North Somerset Council have faced each other in court over a decision to ban the club

MEMBERS of Weston Tennis Club and lawyers from North Somerset Council have faced each other in court over a decision to ban the club from using its floodlights. Earlier this year the council issued an abatement notice to the club, in Neva Road, after a resident living nearby complained about light pollution. Kelvin Fraser, who has organised an appeal on behalf of the club, complained to magistrates at a hearing at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges that the council has not yet informed him of how it came to its decision that the lights were causing a nuisance. The club is facing a crisis as its members are not renewing their subscriptions due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding its future. Emma Anderson, acting on behalf of the local authority, confirmed she had received correspondence from Mr Fraser.Last week the club received a letter of support from the Lawn Tennis Association, the body which is due to invest in new facilities at the club. It is due to pay for new floodlights which will solve any light pollution problems. Weston's MP, John Penrose, has said he will take up the issue in Parliament and has offered the club his full supportThe club's chairman, Trevor Carter, said: "By not giving us any information the council is just prolonging the agony."Another court hearing will take place on June 11 at 10am.


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