Tuesday 10 November 2015 5.48pm
Firstly, apologies for the slow response to this thread but the posting has only just been brought to my attention and I hope my response below helps to clarify matters.
To increase participation in tennis and help protect public tennis courts, the council will be partnering with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and working with them to make Southwark a leading borough for tennis.
Park, which earlier this year hosted a Nike Court Activation event attended by international players Serena Williams and Roger Federer, is a key part in these plans. After the Nike event the courts were repainted back to the original colours but the courts really require complete resurfacing and improvements to the fencing. We are also proposing to install floodlights on the court to help increase their flexibility all year round, giving people more choice in when they play. The council received £17,500 in investment funding from Nike to contribute to these works. Any planned changes to the courts will go out via the normal channels of public consultation; we would aim to complete any refurbishments in early 2017.
We know that there has been some pooling of water at the courts in recent months. While we do expect this to improve over time as the paint used becomes more porous, only a complete resurfacing will give local people the guarantee of excellent facilities, in most weathers.
We hope that local people will welcome these plans. By addressing the increasing demand for tennis facilities in the borough, the council is aiming to not only promote healthy lifestyles for residents but also increase the participation of young people, particular in grassroots sport, by providing better quality, and more accessible, facilities.