Development funds help transform tennis courts

Pictured at Market Weighton Tennis Club are (l-r): Anne Gowthorpe, Jaquie Alland, Phil Pugh (chairman), Sue Sissons and John Sissons.
Pictured at Market Weighton Tennis Club are (l-r): Anne Gowthorpe, Jaquie Alland, Phil Pugh (chairman), Sue Sissons and John Sissons.

Market Weighton’s tennis courts have been greatly improved by the award of money – called a commuted sum – arising from the housing development on Holme Road in the town by Barratt / David Wilson Homes.

East Riding Council requires developers to provide outdoor playing space as part of all new residential developments above a certain size. Outdoor playing space is available for sport, active recreation or children’s play. It must be of a suitable size and nature for its intended purpose, and must be safely accessible and available to the general public.

When a developer cannot provide this within the development itself, a sum of money known as a commuted sum may be paid in lieu of this. The commuted sum must be used for specific purposes and is held by the council until an appropriate project is identified.

In this case, the development paid a sum, of which £26,000 was allocated to improve the tennis courts by resurfacing and repainting the three all-weather courts, as well as improvements to the club house, including new window frames and a solar electrical lighting system. The club also obtained £3,000 from Sancton Wind Farm, and contributed its own funding to ‘top up’ the scheme.

Market Weighton Tennis Club has sections for adults and children. Councillor Andy Burton, portfolio holder for planning, highways and transportation, said: “This Commuted Sums award has been very well received by the club. It has brought about the transformation of the courts, allowing players to continue playing during the winter months.”