Formby Labour Councillors vote for 'overhaul' of Duke Street Par

Formby Labour Councillors Nina Killen, Peter Maguire and Catie Page with Formby Labour Action Team's Tom Donnelly at the soon to be refurbished Duke Street Park tennis courts.

 

Formby Labour Action Team is hoping plans to invest in Duke Street Park's tennis courts will serve up an ace for budding Andy Murrays in the town.

The well used, but ageing, courts are to benefit from a resurface and new nets after Formby's Labour Councillors voted to make improvements.

Ravenmeols Labour Councillors Peter Maguire and Catie Page, together with Harington Ward Labour Councillor Nina Killen, have backed the plans to refurbish the tennis courts as part of a programme of improvements for Duke Street park.

The full park improvement programme will cost £50,000. The investment comes from Sefton Council's 106 funds, which is money the council gets from developers to make improvements for the local area.

Part of the money is also being used to make much needed improvements to the park's toilets.

Cllr Maguire said: "This investment in Duke Street Park is great news. The tennis courts in the park will benefit from a full refurbishment, new surface and new nets.

"Duke Street Park is really well used. Through the year there are lots of people who use these courts. The refurbishment of the courts will hopefully get more people playing and give more people the chance to get active.

"Who knows, as a result of the tennis courts investment, the next Andy Murray may well come from Formby."

Cllr Catie Page said she was hopeful that the new-look courts will attract even more people - of all ages - to get active.

Cllr Page said: "As well as creating Formby's very own answer to Andy Murray, I'd like to see more people, particularly older people, getting active. We have the fantastic new outdoor gym next to the courts, so once this work is completed there will really be no excuse not to get out and active.

"I will most certainly be dusting off my racket and taking to the court."

Cllr Nina Killen said an overhaul of the tennis courts was much needed.

Cllr Killen said: "Duke Street Park tennis court is in much need of a good overall. The surface has become worn and pitted, which doesn't help when you're trying to play tennis, and the nets have seen better days.

"So this investment must be welcomed and I am sure that through the winter period we will see the hardy tennis enthusiasts having a game, but as we go into the spring and summer, we'll see more and more people taking part."

Formby Labour Action Team's Tom Donnelly regularly plays tennis and will be taking to the court at Duke Street Park as soon as the work is complete.

Tom said: "I am extremely happy that the tennis courts are to be refurbished. It is important that facilities like this are available to the people of Formby as being active and having the opportunity to take part in sport is beneficial not only to individuals but also to the community. I look forward to seeing people enjoying themselves when using them."

 

Formby Labour Councillors Nina Killen, Peter Maguire and Catie Page with Formby Labour Action Team's Tom Donnelly at the soon to be refurbished Duke Street Park tennis courts.