Magistrates may umpire court feud

A DECISION which could lead to the closure of Weston Tennis Club is to be challenged in court. Earlier this month, North Somerset Council ordered floodlights to be switched off at the club, in Neva Road, after complaints from a nearby resident. Council of

A DECISION which could lead to the closure of Weston Tennis Club is to be challenged in court.Earlier this month, North Somerset Council ordered floodlights to be switched off at the club, in Neva Road, after complaints from a nearby resident.Council officers have now said they will allow floodlit league matches to take place on three nights a week from May 7 to July 31.But club chairman, Trevor Carter, remains unhappy with what he has called a 'ridiculous' situation.He said: "What about our social players? Absolutely no allowance has been made for them."An appeal against the order to turn off the lights has been lodged with magistrates, and Weston-based solicitors Macdonald Fraser is helping the club free of charge. The Weston & Somerset Mercury reported last week that messages of support had been flooding in from neighbouring residents. Ann Winterton, in nearby Graham Road, has started a petition entitled 'We, the undersigned, have no problem with the floodlights'.She said: "The world has gone mad when a club which needs its lights cannot use them because of the complaints of one person."The club is due to receive £100,000 investment from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) in August to upgrade its facilities and fix the problem with the floodlights, but Mr Carter stressed this is not a 'done deal'. He said: "If the LTA decides against the project because of the lack of support shown by the council we will be scuppered.


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