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   PROPOSAL TO DEVELOP THE OLD TENNIS COURTS INTO A WILDLIFE AREA.    9 August, 2016

The initial plan was to explore replacing the grass courts with an all-weather multi - use pitch, but this has not been achievable for two main reasons:

1. The Cost: Estimates have been obtained from specialist companies that put the price at around £100,000 to £150,000. Such a huge capital cost is not realistic and would probably be very difficult to raise.

2. Dealing with the archaeology: The courts are situated directly on the World Heritage Site, which would not only restrict what could be built, but dealing with the archaeology could also cost tens of thousands of pounds.

 

Having given it further thought the committee are now exploring the possibility of developing the courts into a community wildlife area. This would:

1. Give an identity and purpose to the area.

2. Provide a space that the community and visitors will be able to enjoy.

3. The costs will be realistic and achievable, and potential funding streams are currently being explored.

4. Have minimal impact on the archaeology.

 

In the near future we hope to seek the views of the community about this plan through a local questionnaire. We would also like to identify any volunteers who may wish to take part in the creation of this area, and consider other ways in which the community might become involved.

 

In the meantime, please feel free to speak to any member of the committee about this project.

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