Game, set and match for tennis courts?

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 October 2011

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A SPORTS facility in Weston could soon be ripped up to make way for extra parking.

Plans are afoot to replace the tennis courts next to Grove Park with additional spaces as part of a £74,000 scheme.

The news comes during the council’s drive to shave millions of pounds from its budget in order to plug a major funding gap.

It is hoped that by converting the tired looking tennis courts to additional parking, the authority can make extra cash to spend on other services.

North Somerset Council’s deputy leader and executive member whose portfolio includes car parks, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, says if the change is agreed the car park would provide much-needed additional off-street parking.

He says it would be useful for Weston College and visitors and residents to the town, as well as worshippers at the nearby St John’s Church.

Up to 90 new car parking spaces could be created, including at least six disabled spaces, with improvements where necessary to replace the fencing, which is in a poor state of repair.

Cllr Ap Rees added: “The new car park extension could contribute up to £160,000 per year towards the council’s revenue, while providing extra capacity in the town.”

Access to the extension would be from the existing car park for both motorists and pedestrians, with an additional pedestrian-only access from Lovers Walk, next to Lower Church Road.

If supported by the working party and the executive, the new parking area could be in operation by Easter next year, in time to contribute towards the 2012 budget.

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