Posted: Mon 20th Jun 2022

Hawarden community tennis courts vandalised just days after after being refurbed

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Jun 20th, 2022

A Flintshire tennis coach has said he is “deeply concerned” for the future of community tennis courts in Hawarden following the latest vandalism incident. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Just days after the courts at Gladstones Playing Field were refurbished, bike tyres marks have been left on the freshly painted surface and a net has been ripped down. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The courts are home to Hawarden Community Tennis Club which is run in partnership with the community council. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Tennis coach Mike Herd said it was “really disappointing and frustrating that the courts have been vandalised.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

He said: “The council have spent a lot of money investing in the courts to improve and protect them for the future.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Unfortunately, there are regular problems with bikes and footballs being used on the courts damaging the surface and the nets.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I am deeply concerned about the future of the courts.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Before and after the recent surfacing repainting

Mike says there is a need to install a gate access system with an online booking system. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This provides security, ensures the courts are used for tennis and the community investment is protected for everyone.” He said. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Mike, who is a well-known tennis coach in the region and works with schools across Flintshire, said: ”Tennis Wales did put in a proposal last year to the council  regarding installing a gate access system, and they would also help with all of the maintenance costs.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The maintenance costs are extremely high and many councils can’t afford it, which results in courts disappearing.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Tennis Wales did propose charging a small fee (as well as some free access) to use the courts with all of the funds to go towards maintaining and protecting the facilities.” He said. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I’m hoping the council will re-enter negotiations with Tennis Wales to help safeguard the courts for the foreseeable future.” Mike added. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Deeside.com has asked Hawarden Community Council for a comment. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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