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Labour-run Lydiate Parish Council announces full refurbishment of Sandy Lane tennis courts

Cllr Andy Wilson

Labour-run Lydiate Parish Council have proven they're on the ball and are preparing to send the village's sporty types to court - the tennis court.

The new Labour councillors were disgusted to discover that when they took control of the parish council in May, the condition of the courts at Sandy Lane park had been allowed to slip so far that there weren't even any nets for budding Andy Murrays to play with.

So they immediately got new nets installed - just in time for Wimbledon.

The new nets were a smash hit with tennis enthusiasts in the village, with one player, Brendan Nash contacting Lydiate Parish Council's Labour vice chairman Cllr Andy Wislon personally to thank him for stepping in and ensuring Sandy Lane was all set for tennis.

Mr Nash said: "I would like to thank Cllr Wilson and his colleagues. Tennis is a popular game at this time of year, so to have courts without any nets would have been bitterly disappointing for a lot of people here."

But Cllr Wilson was still not happy with the overall condition of the courts.

Now Cllr Wilson has scored an ace with news that the parish council is organising for the courts to be fully refurbished.

Cllr Wilson said: "Tennis is a really popular game at all time of year, not just during Wimbledon fortnight, so to find that there hadn't been any nets at Sandy Lane tennis courts since the previous year was disappointing to say the least.

"We quickly got new nets, but the condition of the courts overall is pretty poor. The concrete surface itself is crumbling away and there are large holes in the fencing around the courts.

"So I am really pleased to now say that Lydiate Parish Council is preparing to invest in the courts and get them fully refurbished in the coming months, with them being all set for the start of the summer season."

Cllr Wilson said tennis can be a healthy pursuit for people of all ages.

Cllr Wilson said: "Tennis is a great sport to keep people fit, healthy and active. You don't have to be Serena Williams or Roger Federer to play. You can be any age, any level, just pick up a racket and get playing.

"It is a really fun sport to play and I am hoping to develop that further over the next year with the creation of a Lydiate Tennis Club.

"Sandy Lane tennis courts should be a community facility that we are all proud of. My Labour colleagues and I are determined to ensure that is exactly what it is for everyone in Lydiate."

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