Save our public tennis courts - time is running out!
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We, the undersigned want Brighton and Hove City council to engage all user groups of tennis facilities in the city before deciding on future funding arrangements.
Following cuts from central funding the council is undergoing spending reviews and intends to make considerable savings to the Parks and Gardens budget which includes the provision of tennis facilities.
There is a meeting of the Environmental, Transport & Sustainability Committee on 17th January that will consider a proposal by the Brighton and Hove Parks League for the citywide running of all 68 tennis courts.
This proposal has had very limited circulation, but will affect all users of tennis facilities in the city. The success of this proposal will be dependent on the engagement of all users.
- If it is not accepted most parks have no alternative proposal and the future of courts is uncertain.
- If it is accepted most tennis users will be unaware of the change and its impact on their usage.
This is a serious threat to a valuable community asset that is used by the Parks League and many other groups and individual Brighton and Hove residents. The proposal should be made available to the widest possible population of Brighton & Hove residents who use the city’s tennis facilities. This will best inform the council of the likely success of any proposal and ensure the user's engagement for long-term success.
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