Calls for people to have their say on tennis court plans

Refurbishment plans for old tennis courts at Spixworth Village Hall

Refurbishment plans for old tennis courts at Spixworth Village Hall - Credit: Archant

People living in a village on the outskirts of Norwich have been urged to have their say on plans to transform two dilapidated tennis courts into a state-of-the-art multi-games area.

Spixworth Parish Council and Spixworth Parish Council and Spixworth Village Hall Management Committee are hoping to refurbish two hard tennis courts that have fallen into disrepair.

Plans have been drawn up for one half of the site at Crostwick Lane to be converted to a multi-use games area (MUGA) and the other to be reinstated as a hard tennis court.

All facilities would be open to the public for the majority of the time, but the Village Hall could achieve some revenue by letting the MUGA for, for example, five-a-side competitions.

The Parish Council is now seeking support for the project among people living in the area and looking at potential funding streams for the project which is expected to cost somewhere in the region of £50,000.

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Roz Rose, clerk of Spixworth Parish Council, said: 'We are in the process of making funding bids, but for projects of this size funding organisations have to ensure that the money will be spent on facilities that are needed and will be used.

'It is envisaged that the facilities will be open to all to use for the majority of the time, but we also plan to hire them out to clubs to use for training. Games that could be accommodated are tennis/basketball and five-a-side football.'

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Dan Roper, a Broadland District councillor for Spixworth with St Faiths, said: 'The parish council is committed to providing the facilities for the community for the benefit of the whole community and have reached out to know what the demand is.'

He added: 'I think there would be a demand for a tennis court but we need to look at the desire of young people and see if there are any other suggestions out there. Whatever we put on that site we need to make sure people do use.'

• People can make their views known via the parish council website - Have Your Say or by completing a leaflet in the latest parish council newsletter.

• Have you got a story for the Norwich Evening News? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email

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