West Harrow Rec's run-down tennis courts could still be transformed in a tennis academy and boxing club despite a hold up in committee.
There are seven courts at the Recreation Ground in The Ridgeway which are are in a poor state of repair and incapable of use without significant financial investment. According to a Council report they need resurfacing, new fencing and new nets.
Harrow Council has proposed to lease the land to a private company for 35 years to allow them to get the courts back in to use, and the sports complex built, which would include changing rooms, a gymnasium, and a base for a local boxing club. Four of the courts would be covered for winter use.
The decision was signed off by Councillor Tony Ferrari, portfolio holder for major contracts and property, last month. But the Harrow Observer reports that choice was successfully challenged by a group of cross-party council members who want more discussion. The five Lib Dem and Labour councillors – led by West Harrow member Brian Gate (Labour) – said they were not against the tennis academy in principle but wished the decision to be more thoroughly reviewed.
Under the plans, the firm interested in the development would – at its own expense – not only revamp the courts but build In the winter, four of the tennis courts would be covered by a translucent bubble dome to ensure year-round use of the facility.