Wellington Tennis Club’s application for permission to build a third court at the club’s Playing Fields site has been passed unanimously at a Taunton Deane Borough Council planning meeting this week.
Club President Sue Rackley said, “It’s tremendous news for the Club as it will secure its future. We can offer more court time for members whilst junior coaching and matches are being played. Also, the public court is only available during daytime on weekdays and Sundays – due to our heavy usage- so this will also mean more opportunities for locals to Pay and Play. During peak times there will be less sitting out for members on thrice weekly Club nights. Hopefully, we can attract wheel chair players as they’ll be able to access the new court much more easily.”
She added, “All sporting agencies were involved in this application. The LTA stated we were a thriving club, the Football Association were involved to ensure the moving of the second soccer pitch along side our courts was acceptable and the English Cricket Board made no comment so we presume they felt the new court wouldn’t impact on the cricket pitch.
“Councillors voted for this unanimously. It’s good for sport in Wellington and it will help to encourage more locals to take up or return to tennis.
“I’d like to thank Wellington Town councillors for support, especially Janet Reed who encouraged us throughout the sometimes difficult process. TDBC Open Spaces were also very helpful in getting us to reach a compromise with the football club. It has taken 10 months to resolve after problems involving an oak tree and objections from both the football and cricket clubs.”
Asked to comment on funding for the new court, Ms Rackley said, “We’re going to apply for 106 money and Virador. We’ve secured £1500 from Welly town council, and £3500 from Somerset LTA so far. Now we’ll have to wait for football season to end but then some ground work could start.”